Fly Fishing-The Sacred Art: Casting a Fly as Spiritual Practice

Fly Fishing-The Sacred Art: Casting a Fly as Spiritual Practice

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ISBN-13: 9781594732997
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Art of Spiritual Living Series
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 687,002
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer is creator of The Fly Fishing Rabbi: A Blog about Trout, God and Religion, and a contributor to Trout magazine. He is the spiritual leader of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and he fishes the cold-water streams of New York, Connecticut and the Northeast.


Rev. Michael Attas, MD, an avid angler for over forty years, is assisting priest at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, a practicing cardiologist, professor of medical humanities at Baylor University and a columnist for the Waco Tribune Herald. During the summer months, he works as a volunteer fly-fishing guide in Colorado.


Lori Simon is the executive director of Casting for Recovery, a breast cancer support group that uses fly-fishing to heal sufferers, both mentally and physically. She enjoys the contemplative and spiritual surroundings of the natural world through hiking, fishing, horseback riding and sitting quietly in a canoe.


Chris Wood is president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, the conservation organization whose mission is "conserving, protecting and restoring North America's cold-water fisheries and their watersheds." He is the author of Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices and coauthor of From Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Chris Wood, CEO, Trout Unlimited v

Preface: Lori Simon, executive director, Casting for Recovery ix

Introduction: Rabbi Eric xi

Introduction: Reverend Mike xv

Chapter 1 In the Beginning

Preparing for the River 1

The Fly-Angler's Gear Checklist 11

Reflection Questions 12

Exercise: The Significance of Your Gear 13

Chapter 2 Getting There

Escaping the Everyday 15

Reflection Questions 31

Exercise: Meditative Walking to the River 31

Chapter 3 Being There

Wading into the Stream and into Yourself 33

Reflection Questions 48

Exercise: The Basics of Fly-Casting 49

Exercise: Improving Your Fly-Casting with Lefty Kreh's Five Principles 51

Chapter 4 Homecoming

Peace and Harmony at the End of the Day 53

Reflection Questions 61

Exercise: Five-Step Meditation for the End of the Day 62

Chapter 5 Common Ground

Fishing with Friends 65

Reflection Questions 79

Exercise: Become a Part of a Fly-Fishing Community 79

Chapter 6 Unfamiliar Terrain

Fishing Far from Home 81

Reflection Questions 96

Exercise: Keep a Fly-Fishing Travel Journal 97

Chapter 7 Fly-Tying

A Recipe for Creativity 99

Reflection Questions 106

Exercise: Tie Your Own Fly 106

Chapter 8 Stewardship and Conservation

Giving Back to the Stream 109

Reflection Questions 123

Exercise: Get Involved to Protect the Rivers You Fish 124

Acknowledgments 127

Notes 129

Suggestions for Further Reading 131

Fly-Fishing Resources 133

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