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The Contemplative Art of Fly-Fishing

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I watch carefully as the fly drops into the crystalline water and drifts past me. I’m attempting to read this stream. What insects are hatching? Where are rock beds in which fish might be hiding? Where are currents meeting? I lift the fly out of the water, the rod resting loosely in my right hand. With my thumb on top of the grip, I hold it in line with my intended target. I move the rod up and backward, keeping the tip low. Then I raise it up and behind me, careful to avoid tangling with the flora. My rod...

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