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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781594734298
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 04/01/2012
Series: Art of Spiritual Living
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 990,841
File size: 401 KB

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 One 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 Two Getting There
Escaping the Everyday 15
Reflection Questions 31
Exercise: Meditative Walking to the River 31

Chapter Three 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 Four 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 Five Common Ground
Fishing with Friends 65
Reflection Questions 79
Exercise: Become a Part of a
Fly-Fishing Community 79

Chapter Six Unfamiliar Terrain
Fishing Far from Home 81
Reflection Questions 96
Exercise: Keep a Fly-Fishing Travel Journal 97

Chapter Seven Fly-Tying
A Recipe for Creativity 99
Reflection Questions 106
Exercise: Tie Your Own Fly 106

Chapter Eight 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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