All types of angling require skills ... but fly fishing also requires grace.
"A trout is a moment of beauty known only to those who seek it."—Arnold Gingrich
For those of you who read the novel A River Runs Through It (or saw the movie), you already know the spiritual connection people find to fly fishing. Some consider the act an art, slowly learned and rarely perfected. Of course, all types of angling require skill and experience, but fly fishing also requires grace.
More than anything else, most fly fishermen and women believe it’s one of the best ways to feel close to nature, unburdened by the hum of motors or the smell of diesel. Instead, you’re thigh deep in a rushing stream, or floating in a canoe, in the shade of whispering trees, amongst cobbled rocks and stone, breathing in fresh air and the scent of rich soil.
Fly fishing requires special equipment—a totally different rod, reel and line from any other type of fishing—and, of course, flies, which some people learn to tie themselves during their down time.
If you’re already experienced at fly fishing, venture out by yourself or guide a friend, and if not (or if you’re just visiting and don’t know where to go), find a guide and slip on some waders or jump into a boat.
Get out early this season and get into the habit of seeking out rivers and waterways. Your peace of mind will thank you.
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