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Fly fishing is the perfect compliment to life. By that, I mean that the sport can provide an antithesis or counterpoint to the rhythms of one’s day-to-day. Ahmet Dedali is a star in the world of freeskiing. (Coincidentally, freeskiing shares with fly fishing the widespread confusion on whether to style as one word, two words, or hyphenate.) This article touches briefly upon the dichotomy in Dedali’s interests, and the video provides some great footage of him enjoying both of his passions. Ultimately, it is a reminder of how fly fishing provides a release for all lifestyles.
Okay, so this is only a 40-second video of a guy breaking a hook using thread. But if you are a tyer or a gear junkie, this is cool stuff. Leland Fly Fishing is a California fly shop that makes some really cool gear, along with selling the top names in the industry. This Nano Silk thread has incredibly low bulk, while at the same time providing ridiculous tensile strength. Watch this video, then subscribe to their channel for more product demos and angling tips.
Some people like to write. Some people like to fly fish. Apparently if you’re trying to get better at one, picking up the other can be beneficial. Students at Virginia’s University of Mary Washington are learning to fly fish so that they can purposefully be contemplative about their interaction with the outdoors. For this eco-literature course, fly fishing is an incredibly tangible way for young men and women to think deliberately about their experience outdoors.