Friday, August 13, 2010

The Zen of Summer

It’s been a busy summer, but even while finishing my new book for Harcourt and working too, I did get a chance to get away with my bf for a fun weekend in Montana.

If you’ve never tried fly-fishing, let me tell you – it is so fun. It's nothing like the boring plunk fishing you may have done before. With fly-fishing, you’re constantly in motion and really paying attention to the task at hand, watching the fly on the water, stripping or mending your line. All your troubles (thoughts of character development, plot twists, your day job, the pile of emails to be answered) drift away as you focus on luring the trout with your fly. Your're there on the river listening to the sound of the water, feeling the wind and sun on your face, and all around you is pure, natural beauty.

I hadn't realized I missed going to Alaska every summer, and living in the North Cascades so much. Montana reminded me of those simple times in the woods, about the best of the life I lived before I transformed back into a city girl.

Here’s a picture of Brownie the trout, the little guy I caught that morning on the Gallatin River. Also, our guide Lyn was terrifc. I didn't expect a woman fishing guide, so that was really, really cool.

Have you ever tried fly-fishing? Did you get into the Zen of it? Or maybe there’s something else that puts you into that state… what is it? What gets you away from your troubles and into the wild mind?

Happy Summer,


Wherever You Go – Harcourt 2011
Never Cry Werewolf – HarperTeen – Paperback Sept 2010!
The Clearing – Houghton Mifflin Harcourt 2010


nymfaux said...

thanks for the post Heather!!! I've never tried fly-fishing, and probably never would have, but if the opportunity ever comes up, I may just look into it!!!! --My previous fishing experiences mostly consisted of my sister and I watching my dad do everything, sitting quietly on the bank, and occasionally watching him plunk some fish in a bucket of water.

TinaFerraro said...

Heather, I've never tried fly-fishing, either, but hope you put it in a book someday so I can learn all about it!

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Wendy Toliver said...

I fly fish quite often and though I like it for a little while, unless I'm catching a lot, I tend to zone out and miss my strikes. That said, I do understand what you mean about the "zen" and I do appreciate it, I just think I'm too ADDish. ;)