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answer: fly fishing. question: what’s good for your physical health?


At risk of luring more physical fitness geeks into waters I’d rather not share, there’s a secret benefit to fly fishing, beyond the mental benefits spelled out last week.

Fly fishing could be the best all-around workout that’s actually fun.

This isn’t the Norman Rockwell vision of fishing, not sitting on a dock, waiting. It’s about walking and wading; constantly moving. Many different level of physical activity come into play with fly fishing.

From the dexterity required to thread line on tiny hooks to working the body’s core by (carefully) wading across uneven streambeds.* Even fly fishing maven Tom Rosenbauer points out on the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center that wading a small stream, “…climbing over rocks and wading in the current, [he] could burn as many calories in the same amount of time as [he] could on the elliptical.”

Rather than spend my time extoling the virtues of fly fishing as exercise, I’ll let the folks over at explain it with an infographic. (You can find the more comprehensive article here.)

Source: Blog

*A reason why you should always use a wading staff.


6 thoughts on “answer: fly fishing. question: what’s good for your physical health?

  1. This is fantastic, my fiancee was actually saying I should get some more exercise cause all I do is fish. I will be showing her this… wish me luck!

  2. I have my yearly doctor appointment in July. I’m taking a copy of your post to show him. Maybe he’ll leave me alone about the 2 mile walking every day thing.

    • Perhaps there’s also a need someone with the expertise to determine how the drag of water over waders affects caloric expenditure, leaving out, of course, the foot-long salami sandwich eaten streamside.

  3. You forgot one much overlooked aspect. Tree climbing has got to be good for you as long as you don’t fall out of the tree.

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