Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tips for Fitting in on Your Lee’s Ferry Fly Fishing Tour

We here at Lee’s Ferry Fly Fishing have the pleasure of offering fishing trips for people of many experience levels. If you are relatively new to fly fishing, you might feel a little out of place when you embark on a trip down the Colorado River. Of course, there’s no reason to feel this way, but it’s still a great opportunity to learn more about fly fishing so that you can feel more a part of the group.

One of the easiest things you can do is research some common fly-fishing terminology and equipment. If you understand different types of fishing equipment you will have an easier time adjusting to your first trip, without needing to ask what everything does. Knowing the terminology can also help you interact with other fishers and understand what everyone is talking about on the boat. There are plenty of resources out there, and of course your guide and fellow fishermen will be happy to give you a few pointers.

You should also spend a little time practicing using your reel. While it takes time to become experienced at something like changing your spool, if you are familiar with your reel you will have a better chance of catching fish right away. Becoming familiar with several different types of knots can also be useful. Most reels come with instructions on some of the basic knots you may need to use. Spend some time away from the water familiarizing yourself with the basics.

Coming prepared is also another important tip. You will want to make sure you dress appropriately for the weather and boating conditions, while making sure you have enough storage space for all of your equipment and supplies. If you are organized you will be able to quickly pinpoint where all of your gear is and ready yourself at a moment’s notice.

These are just a few ways you can make your beginning fly fishing trips as safe, fun, and enjoyable as possible. Stay on your toes and you will be well on your way towards acting like a pro. Remember, don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you’re ready for a true Lee’s Ferry fly fishing adventure, contact Marble Canyon Outfitters to make reservations today.

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Fly Fishing as Therapy: How Angling Can Help PTSD

While fly fishing is not often seen as the most glamorous activity out there, it’s been garnering a great deal of attention in the press for a very virtuous reasons. It’s been has been embraced as a way for veterans of war to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD. Many organizations have been formed to promote this cause, and it’s been highlighted in countless news stories

Water has been a source of healing since ancient times, and fly fishing involves wading in the water, casting a long line, and seeing what can be caught. Indeed, many men, war vets or not, have found a peaceful serenity in the joy of being out in nature, breathing in the air, listening to the birds, and trying to catch ever-elusive fish.

When a person has gone through a traumatic experience, as is prone to happen in the chaos of war, the images and sounds of those dangerous times can haunt them for years to come. PTSD is something that too many soldiers suffer with; fly fishing, however, calms them.

Putting a person’s mind and body at ease is no easy task in a world that’s full of traffic, pollution, noise and people. So a fly fishing “getaway” is an ideal situation for people who want to escape to a quiet, pretty place, away from the crowds and the city. We’re proud to be a part of this peaceful outlet, and encourage those who feel like they could benefit from this therapeutic activity to try it.

Marble Canyon Outfitters at Lees Ferry offers guided fly fishing experiences in northern Arizona. In the Colorado River at the head of the Grand Canyon, this dynamic area is like visiting another planet—far from the suburban look of most of America, this is an out-of-the-way, relaxing place where the fly fishing is great and the surrounding scenery will enliven your senses like nowhere else can. 

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