I must say I am forever amazed at how many ways
there are for fly anglers to be involved and how they
'see' fly fishing.
For example, the latest issue of Midwest Fly Fishing
has very interesting article by Lisa Lemler titled
'Fly Fishing the Yogi Within.' The basis is in fact, one does
heighten their personal experience with very small efforts, "taking
a moment to notice the feel of the fly line between your thumb and
forefinger; closing your eyes and listening for the sound of the
fishing rising." The previous quote is true or correct if you prefer.
Lisa's article shows direct connections between the practice of
Yoga and enhancement of the fly fishing experience.
That is one way of looking at it.
Over the years as we've taught fly fishing classes, we've had several
people tell us that casting and golf strokes seem related and taking a
fly casting class actually helped their golf stroke (and game.)
Raymond C. Shewnack's new book, The Fly-Fishing Predator,
divides fly fishing into three segments. Watch, Listen and Sense. Over
the years, Raymond has adopted the attitude of a fly fishing predator,
learning to capture his prey in the most effective and efficient way while
maintaining the emotional satisfaction of angling and developing a deep
appreciation for the trout's environment.
The many and varied rewards of fly fishing may be the reason why 'the movie,'
A River Runs Through It was so popular. Our sport underwent
a huge increase (some say 20% or more) just on the strength of the movie.
Reality did eventually set in. Some folks really were hooked and are as avid fly
fishers as any of us. A whole lot more left for other interests, cigars and wines
deemed to be 'in'.
You fly fish for your own reasons. Have you spent much time thinking
about how or why you fish? Is it important to do so? Maybe not
any more important than just maintaining ones sanity. (I had someone
very recently tell me, "FAOL has saved my life." I did not ask how
or why. I felt I was intruding on soft ground, sort of tip-toeing around
If you tie flies you know that is a whole other world itself. Some tie
only flies they know live in their local water, others only dry flies, others
still only wets. Some tie dries without wings, others wouldn't consider
that at all. God love the folks who tie the beautiful Altantic and Steelhead
flies. The patience and level of knowledge required is well above my
But it is just one more aspect of fly fishing.
Want to dissect it more? How about what you fish for? Saltwater?
Big toothy fish? Warmwater? Salmon? Atlantic salmon? (No, they
are not the same) Trout? Only wild trout? Carp?
Then there are the collectors. We know one person who is not in the fly
fishing business who has over 600 bamboo fly rods. (The remark was
made the price of the bamboo rods did not take a nose dive when the
stock market did.) He loves those rods, but freely admits they are a
terrific investment. We know others who are in the business who have
that many but they deal in the rods. There are people who collect creels,
reels, flies and lures of all kind, and I saw someone on our Bulletin Board
this past week asking for fly fishing patches.
It doesn't end. There is all sorts of fly fishing fine art, paintings and sculpture.
All of the above are pretty much tangibles, but you might give a little
thought to all the side benefits of the photos you've collected not to
mention the memories.
Some time when the world is getting too close, find yourself a trout stream
(or bluegill pond) and spend a little time thinking about how you got there.
Your own fishing history. I suspect you will feel better without spending
a dime. ~ DLB
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