Guides try to decode philosophy behind fly-fishing
Credit: Thomas Hill, Santa Fe New Mexican
A book of stoic philosophy may be a worthy companion for someone who enjoys the solitude of fly-fishing. The stoic learns to be unaffected by things that are out of his or her control. And you really have to maintain that peace of mind to be successful at something that requires as much patience, determination and diligence.
The writings of Marcus Aurelius are a favorite of Jeremy Brooks, a fly-fishing guide at the Reel Life in Santa Fe. The 21-year-old Santa Fe native, a student at Colorado College in Colorado Springs, Colo., spends his summers with people who travel to Northern New Mexico in search of all the region has to offer.
And yes, that includes lakes, rivers and streams hurt by the state’s drought.
Locals know that even in tough times, the waters around these parts can be unpredictable. Keeping that inner balance while out on the water fishing, not knowing what to expect each day, is one of the toughest challenges for an avid angler. It helps to be as calm as an eddy, even with outer turbulence, despite the unpredictability of the rivers.
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