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There’s an old saying that goes: give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime. If your new year’s resolution is to learn to fly-fish, you’ll feed your health and fitness in body and mind for a lifetime. You could also feed yourself in spirit, should you so desire. Some devotees describe fly-fishing as an "inherently spiritual practice". A plethora of books backs up that notion. A cult classic is Zen and the Art of Fly-fishing by Craig Thom. There’s also Zen in the Art of Fly Casting — The Perfect Loop, by Charlie Reading. Fly-fishing is an angling method using a rod, reel, specialised weighted line and a nearly weightless artificial "fly" to catch a fish. Its popularity is growing globally. Fly-fishing is now the second-most popular outdoor activity in the US, according to a 2017 report. Fly-fishing builds strength, stamina and focused awareness. It connects you instantly with nature. Its inherently meditative nature can be dest...

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