Journal Article

New Streams of Religion: Fly Fishing as a Lived, Religion of Nature

Samuel Snyder

in Journal of the American Academy of Religion

Published on behalf of American Academy of Religion

Volume 75, issue 4, pages 896-922
Published in print December 2007 | ISSN: 0002-7189
Published online October 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4585 | DOI:
New Streams of Religion: Fly Fishing as a Lived, Religion of Nature

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Fly fishers around the world frequently use terms such as religious, spiritual, sacred, divine, ritual, meditation, and conversion to describe their personal angling experiences. Further, drawing upon religious terminology, anglers will refer to rivers as their church and to nature as sacred. Often these latter pronouncements drive a concern for the conservation of these sacred spaces as evidenced by participation in both local and national conservation organizations. Informed by theoretical perspectives offered by religious studies, particularly “lived religion” and “religion and nature,” I shall trace a few of the historical, material, and everyday elements of fly fishers and their subcultures, demonstrating along the way the insights that come by understanding fly fishing as a religious practice, which can, at times, drive an ethic of environmental conservation.

Journal Article.  9589 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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