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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