Picture a peaceful river, flowing gently under the shade of tall trees. A lone fly fisherman stands, casting his line with practiced ease. He is focused, attentive, fully present in the moment. As he waits for a bite, he observes the river’s currents, the changing light, the sounds of nature around him. He doesn’t get upset if he doesn’t catch anything, nor does he get overly excited when he does.

He simply accepts whatever the river offers him. This fly fisherman embodies a Stoic mindset, a way of being that emphasizes being fully present in the moment, accepting whatever circumstances come our way, and focusing on personal growth and self-improvement. Like the Stoic philosopher who strives to cultivate inner peace and virtue, the fly fisherman strives to hone his skills, adapt to changing conditions, and develop a deeper connection with nature.

Through his love of fly fishing, he finds a way to practice modern day Stoicism, to cultivate a sense of purpose and fulfillment that extends beyond the sport itself. And he casts his line again, into the tranquil waters of the river.


4 Comments. Leave new

  • A wonderful expression about the flyfishing experience and how we should act as we fish.

  • Steven Sandusky
    March 12, 2023 1:57 pm

    Wow, I could totally picture myself in this. Great read, and great job Clare.

  • Barbara Emerich
    March 12, 2023 3:15 pm

    Wow! Clare that’s awesome. Someday I’ll be able to maybe fly fish that way. But for now I’m just trying not to fall.

  • Paul Freeman
    March 12, 2023 6:24 pm

    Beautiful writing Clare. That describes Matt perfectly. Thanks for sharing.


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