On Wed, 5 Feb 2020 13:29:47 -0500, Quinn C
Post by Quinn C
The trees grew green those mornings, the river dropped, and the
brown winter smoke dropped downward out of it, and fishermen
I can't envisage what the river and the smoke do.
Giovanni was right about the fishermen; they certainly never seemed
to catch anything, but it gave them something to do.
Here I was surprised that these "fishermen" are apparently fishing
recreationally. I always thought of fisherman as a profession. Is there
no way to distinguish the two explicitly without an adjective?
I would not hesitate to call my son, my grandsons, or my son-in-law
"fishermen". They fish only for recreational reasons.
My son and grandsons are bass fisherman. Anything they catch is
released. (Freshwater) bass are not considered to be an edible fish.
Son-in-law is a salt water fisherman. What he catches is brought home
Jerry brought up "Angler". That's defined as a fisherman who fishes
with a rod and line, but I would use it only to describe someone who
fly-fishes. A person dangling a baited hook in the water watching for
the bobber to bob is using a rod and line, but not - in my opinion -
A week or so ago I thought I'd better look up 'angler' to throw some
light on which angle it referred to - the obvious one was between the
rod and the line. But the angle is also the fishing hook - the bent pin,
almost. It's from Old English / Old Saxon / Old High German / Old Norse.
So fly fishing isn't quite angling. And while I've never read Izaak
Walton's treatise 'The Compleat Angler' I always have imagined Izaak
sitting on the bank with a stick and a string and a hook, never in
waders with a whippy rod and an arsenal of tied flies. But I'm very
I think 'fisherman' is marginally biassed towards commercial fishing.
Listen to Ewan McColl's 'Shoals of Herring':
"Now you're up on deck, you're a fisherman, You can swear and show a
manly bearing, Take a turn on watch with the other fellows, While you're
following the shoals of herring."
Mind you, it was simple 'fisher' at one time. "I will make you fishers