I didn't understand the connection between fishing and meditation when I was younger, all I knew is that it was both relaxing and interesting, and a way to bond with my family, but even though I don't go fishing much now I still feel like I "get it" because of those early experiences.
On the other hand, we did use to keep and eat the fish we caught in the sea, and seeing the fish die wasn't very pleasant. I just want to emphasise that it's optional.
Your question seems... not exactly ungrammatical, but somehow strange.
This requires a lot of preparation
(like re-loading cases with right powder and bullets, calculating ballistic performance of your reloads, projecting weather on the day ahead and optimizing your setup for that weather, etc).
Also very slow an deliberate.
Another one, is bird photography.
Also requires preparation, thinking about technology and physical/nature stuff.
Also slow and requires patience.
You can extend bird photography, if you use film -- into subsequent print development, including printing on non-traditional media/canvases.
This works well for folks, like me, who do not have painting skills but would like to express their view of the worlds/ideas through pictures...
That makes into art, producing very unique non-repeatable artifacts (that's probably not possible to achieve with digital).
In both of the above, at the end you have something to show for it (either paper targets, or pictures).
So that creates memories, enables story telling, etc.
Like all hobbies you can start affordably then take it to extremes in a variety of ways.
The range is solitude for me. Just me, my little area, outdoors among beautiful scenery and working on swing/shots/short game/etc vs that little darn white ball. It is 1-2 hours (or longer if wanted. I used to do 3-4 hours) of concentration and learning as well as being physically active.
I actually go to the range more than I play. I would like to play more but it requires more time, money, socializing. The range is on my terms as I can stay as long or short as I like and getting better is stimulating. To me, nothing beats the sound of perfect compression of the golf ball and headed towards your target on nice trajectory.
But on the other hand, Golf can be very frustrating. Also like fishing, it takes patience, money and good understanding of the equipment to be good at it.
I love walking towards my ball, with my clubs clinking together softly and the breeze rustling through the trees. I can shut out the world and just focus on the next shot. It's glorious.
On the other hand, golf is so easily ruined by misogynistic snobs in power carts having temper tantrums about bad shots. I suspect that is most people's experience of golf (that and boredom), which is a shame because it can be such a wonderful experience.
However, fishing was usually meant for catching a feed.
And don't stare at your phone while you're there. Better yet, leave your phone behind. Actually be there and be present. That's basically what you're doing when you're fishing, it's quite similar to basic meditation.
The fish surviving doesn't quite make the whole exercise a net positive on the ethics-scale in my opinion.
At the risk of sounding contrarian or argumentative, which I assure you isn't the intended case here : Do you consider there to be a dichotomy between your desire for fresher taste, and your moral considerations about 'catch-and-release' behavior?
As a layperson outside the realm of fishermen, and having spent little time thinking about my moral position on fishing -- or researching the impact of catch-and-release, there seems to be a contrast between the two opinions.
basically, if you care enough about fish morally to oppose catch-and-release, does your moral positioning on lengthening their period of suffering stem directly from the positive benefit of fresher taste?
I'm really trying not to impose a moral judgment through my questioning, If you perceive such (as I said before) it truly wasn't the intention. I am genuinely interested.
For example, I find lethal injection to be absurd. So the state decides to kill someone. Instead of taking them out back and blowing their brains out (or, if you want to get less gruesome, using that thing that punches a cow's brain out), we make them wait 20 years for death, and then swab their arm with alcohol before giving them an injection which might actually cause them to writhe in agony for an hour. People want something dead, but they aren't willing to face what that means.
Anyway, for what it's worth, keeping the fish alive in a stringer or bucket doesn't freak them out. Putting them in a dark bucket keeps them pretty calm. And poking their brain out is the swiftest most painless death they're gonna get.
> In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing.
> I am haunted by waters.
Great story about fishing and about life.