How You Can Improve Your Life Via Fly Fishing

It’s Tuesday. You’re sitting at your desk, in your cube, staring at a blinking cursor, trying to get motivated to knock off one more item on your seemingly endless to-do list your boss has tasked you with for the week. You’re coffee mug is empty, and you know that one more cup won’t hurt, but it just might crack you out to the point where you can’t focus at all. And there you sit, watching the clock, trying to at least look busy on the chance that your boss walks by your cube and asks for an update on your current list of tasks. You think to yourself… “This desk job is killing me slowly, one day at a time. And I can’t remember the last time I got out into the wild, took a deep breath of fresh air, and forgot about that damn blinking cursor on my screen.”

I see this all the time, and I lived it for a long time. And sometimes I still feel this way. But I’ve found balance.

You weren’t made to sit in front of a computer, in a cube, pecking away at a keyboard for 40 hours every week. Your ancestors were hunters and gatherers who lived an active lifestyle. That’s how they survived. They followed the herd as it was a guaranteed food source and a means of survival. But we’ve evolved…

In this day and age, you get paid to use your mind, your computer and the internet the vehicle for getting things done and earning a paycheck every week. Very few of us have jobs that keep us active these days.

So how do you find balance? Go fly fishing!

Here are the top 7 reasons fly fishing is good for you:

  • You get to hike, walk, stand, and cast your fly rod. It’s active. It’s the opposite of sitting at a desk. Considering obesity in the United States, this is a huge benefit.
  • It’s relaxing. It’s just you and nature, and the chance to catch trout. There’s zero stress.
  • It’s great for your blood pressure. Being in nature is a 180 degree difference from the hustle and bustle of city living and the corporate lifetyle.
  • Get more vitamin D. Sunlight is good for you!
  • Breathe fresh, unpolluted air all day long.
  • The tug is the drug! Hooking a trout, fighting it, and hopefully landing it in your net WILL make you smile!
  • Camaraderie. Not everybody goes fishing with a buddy, but if you do, you’re bonding with your father, your son, or a good friend. Experiencing nature with a friend is a great way to build or improve a relationship.

If all of the above isn’t enough to get you started lowering your stress levels and improving your health, imagine experiencing all of the above, and the smile on your face while posing for a picture with a brown trout like the one below.

Big Brown Trout

If you’re new to fly fishing, get started improving your health and learning to fly fish here.

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