We could all learn a lot from fly fishing

October 7, 2011 § Leave a comment

As I was looking into fly fishing I came across the Federation of Fly Fishers, an international organization that has been around since the 1940s with an aim to set a standard for what fly fishing should entail.

When people talk about fly fishing it is often talked about as a religion. When you see the guidelines, it’s easy to see why. ┬áIt’s not just a sport but a way of life.

  • Fly anglers understand and obey laws and regulations associated with the fishery.
  • Fly anglers believe fly fishing is a privilege and a responsibility.
  • Fly anglers conserve fisheries by limiting their catch.
  • Fly anglers do not judge fellow anglers and treat them as they would expect to be treated.
  • Fly anglers respect the waters occupied by other anglers so that fish are not disturbed
  • When fishing from a watercraft, fly anglers do not crowd other anglers or craft or unnecessarily disturb the water.
  • Fly anglers respect other angling methods and promote this Code of Angling Ethics to all anglers.
I like the idea of getting into fly fishing, because as a sport it really does teach you about life. There are few sports out there where you can not only challenge yourself but engage with the world around you in such a real way. What I like about fly fishing is that the engagement also requires a code of conduct that makes you a better person in how you see the world around you, especially the natural world. It slows you down and gives you a sense of respect for Nature that we all typically are too busy to bother with.

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