A Fly Fishing Marathon

Having been single and lacking in what my mom refers to as a “real job,” I’ve had ample time to pursue hobbies. And living in different regions of the US has provided me with opportunities to try new and interesting sports. Whenever I move, I take my new sport with me.

Over the years I’ve had to slowly pare down my activities. One reason was due to injuries, and another was due to time. Plus it’s nice to be a little better at fewer activities than mediocre at a lot of things. One of my new favorite things is to combine activities. If I can do two sports I love in the same day, so much the better.

My main activity is fly fishing. Most of what I do revolves around fly fishing and the process of getting to the river. I love road tripping to rivers. I love camping by rivers, and I love a backpacking to fishing spots. I love taking my motorcycle to the river during the warmer months.

Another activity I’ve done these last couple years is adventure racing. I enjoy trail running and I was thinking of ways to combine it with fishing and I had a great idea. I came up with a fishing marathon- one fish per mile over the course of a marathon. Twenty six miles twenty six fish- quite a day.

I’ve always wanted to run a marathon, but honestly it sounds kind of boring. Running along a road for 26.2 miles would be awful. I need a little variety to keep my interest. Trail running provides me with the interesting scenery and plenty of changes in tempo. But that’s still a lot of just running… really really far. Here is where fly fishing comes in. This would give me a break and a change of pace, something else to focus my attention on.

The plan is to take my tenkara rod, a camelback, and my running shoes. I guess I’m going to have to take a GPS to mark the miles, but those 4 things will be all.

I know this sounds crazy, but I think I’m going to give it a shot this summer. I don’t know if this will catch on; I am pretty sure there won’t be any fishing marathons on TV any time soon except maybe on ESPN 8 the Ocho. But still, it should be fun.

by Richard Templeton


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