“More than half the intense enjoyment of fly-fishing is derived from the beautiful surroundings, the satisfaction felt from being in the open air, the new lease of life secured thereby, and the many, many pleasant recollections of all one has seen, heard and done.” – Charles F. Orvis
Imagine if you will standing beside a clear, fast moving stream listening to the music of the water dancing over and around the rocks and through shallows as it flows downstream. You scan the water looking for feeding fish and the perfect place to cast your fly in hopes to catch that elusive lunker. You step into the water your eyes drinking in the beauty that surrounds you. The rays of the morning sun feel warm upon your face and a heron floats past you on its journey downstream. The fast moving water rushes past your legs and you deliver your first cast of the morning. Your eyes focus intently upon the brightly colored fly line as it floats downstream, watching for a signal that a fish has taken your fly.
Nature’s presence can be felt all around you and it fills your heart with joy and excitement. The feeling seeps into your inner being and you are overwhelmed with the joy of being alive. It’s at that moment you realize you aren’t there for the fish. You are there for you to become one with Mother Nature and to embrace the healing powers She has to offer. It is always available to us but our minds and heart have to be in the right place to take full advantage of these benefits. Our minds have to be free of societal pollution and we have to believe in our hearts and know in our minds that it is real and attainable. That my friend is why I pursue fly-fishing.
3 thoughts on “The Lure of Fly-Fishing”
Yep you got it Wayner! I’ve been on literally hundreds of fishing trips in my lifetime and its not the fish that I most remember but the beauty and tranquility of nature that I caught them in.
Yet everyday mankind destroys yet another piece of this earth-bound heaven. I worry about how much will be left for my Grandchildren and their children to enjoy as I have. The destruction is senseless, all in the name of progress and the all-mighty dollar. What fools we can be!
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People have no respect for Mother Earth. We destroy more and more of Mother Earth everyy day in the name of progress. When I float the rivers after a weekend the gravel bars are rife with litter.
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Yep that drives me crazy! And on a larger scale, corporations are clear-cutting our forests, polluting our air and contaminating our oceans and fresh-waters. If everybody keeps using nature as their own private dumping grounds that is exactly what will it will become — one big festering dump! They say there is a floating plastic island in the pacific that’s now 3 times the size of France! YIKES!