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Drawing Meaning from Trout Fishing [VIDEO]

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Have you ever felt that you were connected to the body of water while you were fishing for trout?  You are not alone.

Film Director Robert Altman once said, “I love fishing. You put that line in the water and you don’t know what’s on the other end. Your imagination is under there.”

In this video from the New York Times, writer, artist, and angler James Prosek dives into what it means to be a part of the ecosystem as the fisherman.

For many anglers, trout fishing is much more than just catching fish. It is a lifestyle and a philosophy from which to live life. Not only does Prosek consume himself with his surroundings, but he relives each catch through his art.

Have you ever wondered why you spend so much time on the water? Are you guilty of saying, “One last cast,” and then you are still throwing lures or flies an hour later? This videos offers the idea that we have a natural bond to the water and the fish that consumes our attention and devotion. For some of us, it’s beyond obsession, it’s a lifestyle.

I’ve had trout that I’ve caught and some that I’ve lost which haunt my dreams. When I close my eyes, I can see both instances, the exact moment when I landed them or when they shook the hook inches from shore. Reliving these experiences fuels the fire to get out and make that experience happen again, and creates an unbridled anticipation for the next adventure.

If you can open your mind to the surroundings of your environment while wading or boating, you can ultimately become more in tune with how the system is working around you.

Drawing Meaning from Trout Fishing [VIDEO]