In this unique exploration of fly-fishing as a spiritual practice, an Episcopal priest and a rabbi share what fly-fishing has to teach us about reflection, awe and the wonder of the natural world, the benefits of solitude, the blessing of community and the search for the Divine. Tapping the wisdom in the Christian and Jewish traditions and their own geographically diverse experiences on the water, they show how time spent on the stream can help you navigate the currents and eddies of your own inner journey.
With charm, wit and passion, they delve into the significance of:
* Escaping the Everyday
* Fly-Casting & Finding Your Place in Nature
* Mindfulness During & After Your Trip
* Fly-Fishing Community & Sharing Common Ground
* Insightful Surprises in Unfamiliar Terrain
* Expanding & Expressing Your Creativity through Fly-Tying
* Tapping Your Inner Stewart & Giving Back to the Stream
Offers beautiful and original perspectives on a pastime that for many is a kind of religion. They find common ground in the rivers they fish and the spiritual truths they encounter. Lovely, learned, personal, heart-warming and instructional.
James Prosek, author, Trout: An Illustrated History and Fly-Fishing the 41st: From Connecticut to Mongolia and Home Again A Fisherman s Odyssey
Tastefully integrates valuable fly-fishing principles, accounts of adventures and deep spiritual truths that we can all apply to our lives and reflect on when we are on the water.
Italo Labignan, television host, Canadian Sportfishing
Clearly [shows] we are all united in our spirit.... A great read for anyone who cares about people, the conservation of our planet or learning to fly-fish.
Sherry Steele, communications chair, Federation of Fly Fishers National Board of Directors
Wonderfully written, inspirational ... thoughtful and articulate, a careful read of this exceptional book will make you a better fly-angler, but more importantly, it will make you a better person.
Todd Larson, PhD, history professor, Xavier University; publisher, Whitefish Press; creator, the Fishing for History blog
Help[s] explain why so many people have ascribed spiritual meaning to this sport, and it does so in a way that will help others find such meaning in this pastime as well.
Kenneth H. Lokensgard, PhD, creator, the Literary Fly Fisher blog
I loved this book. Both men write beautifully, lyrically, poetically about ... the connection, the preparation for and act of fly-fishing. You will enjoy it. The words will take you there.
John Lionberger, author, Renewal in the Wilderness: A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World --.
About the Authors:
Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer is creator of The Fly Fishing Rabbi: A Blog about Trout, God and Religion, and a contributor to Trout magazine and Reform Judaism magazine. He is the spiritual leader of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, Connecticut.
Rev. Michael Attas, MD, an avid fly fisher 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 columnist for the Waco Tribune Herald. During the summer months, he works as a volunteer fly-fishing guide in Colorado.
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.
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.