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Fly Fisher's Logbook
The joy of fly fishing
Why do we fly fish?
There are easier and quicker ways to catch fish if t is essential to catch a fish for food. Fly fishing has a mental challenge that other methods lack, the elegance of a well-executed cast along with the pleasure of making such a cast, the beauty of many of the flies and the pleasure of owning and fishing with high quality rods and reels.
Fly fishing is not always an efficient way of catching fish. Hard days can be very frustrating, but they can teach you a lot. But a day when you catch every cast and end up with a "bag full" can also be disappointing if it seemed that things were lust too easy. We should all want a challenge. It can be very difficult to get things just right: When the fishing is hard enough to provide a genuine challenge, but not so difficult that you cannot catch anything. When you have experienced a red letter day like this, it will be a day to remember for years to come.
Get away from it all!
Fly fishing offers you the opportunity to fish in wonderful scenery, visit a wide range of countries, and meet other people with the same interests. This is as true for saltwater fly fishing as it is for freshwater. Fly fishing is all about fresh air, physical activity, relaxing, and getting away from the rigors of everyday life. Standing quietly on the bank of a river or lake, the observant fly fisher can often see all sorts of wildlife around them. Robert Hughes, the author of The Fatal Shore and A Jerk on One End: Reflections of a Mediocre Fisherman, wrote: The best thing fishingtaught me, I think, was how to be alone. Without this ability no writer can really survive or work . . . ." Though you can fish alongside a friend, so often fishing is best enjoyed and practiced alone.
The health-giving benefits of the sport have been recognized by the campaign to promote fly fishing to sufferers of breast cancer. Casting for Recovery (www.castingforrecovery.org) is a nonprofit support and educational program, and provides an opportunity for women whose lives have been blighted by cancer to get together with fellow sufferers in beautiful, natural settings and learn to fly fish which CfR describes as "a sport for life." The dynamics of fly fishing can provide a healing connection to the natural world, reducing stress, and helping people to feel calmer. The actual techniques of casting and fishing provide gentle exercise for joints and soft tissue over the course of a weekend trip.
It may be a truism, but there is more to fly fishing than simply catching fish. As your skills improve and your knowledge increases, the sheer joy and pleasure to be had from being on the water and catching fish on a fly will increase exponentially.Fly Fisher's Logbook. Copyright � by George Barron. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.