I received this email the other day from one of the authors. I had been 
advising him on places to flyfish in Israel a couple years ago. May be of 
interest to someone:

To The Fly Fishing Rabbi
Dear Friends,

I hope everyone is having a wonderful and restful summer.  

My friend Reverend Michael Attas and I have written a book on the spiritual 
side of fly-fishing.  In *Fly Fishing-The Sacred Art*, Rev. Mike and I 
share our experiences on the water and the deeper truths that we find when 
casting a fly.  


With a forward by Chris Wood, the CEO of Trout Unlimited, and a preface by 
Lori Simon, the Executive Director of Casting for Recovery, our book can 
help the angler pursue more than trout when wading into the river. * *
*Fly-Fishing-The Sacred Art* is available from 
 directly from the publisher 
SkylightPaths <http://www.skylightpaths.com/page/product/978-1-59473-299-7>. 

More information on the book is below.

 Happy Reading!
Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer

*Fly-Fishing—The Sacred Art *
 *Casting a Fly as a Spiritual Practice*
 *Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer and Rev. Michael Attas, MD
Foreword by Chris Wood, CEO, Trout Unlimited
Preface by Lori Simon, executive director, Casting for Recovery*
 *Discover the spiritual potential hidden in every cast of the fly rod.*
 “For us, fly-fishing is about more than catching fish. We have been 
skunked on the stream too many times to count, and stood shivering in our 
waders in 45-degree water long after sundown. Yet, every chance we get, we 
head back to the river in search of trout and something more.”
 —from Rabbi Eric’s Introduction 
 “Early in my fly-fishing career I remember telling a friend that there is 
so much to learn! Some forty years later, that is still true. Every trip I 
learn something new about rivers, fish and the natural world. Most 
importantly, I learn something new about myself. Every encounter with the 
waters of our planet draws me deeper into who I am and who I want to 
 —from Reverend Mike’s Introduction 
 In this unique exploration of fly-fishing as a spiritual practice, an 
Episcopal priest and a rabbi share what fly-fishing has to teach us about 
reflection, awe and the wonder of the natural world, the benefits of 
solitude, the blessing of community and the search for the Divine. Tapping 
the wisdom in the Christian and Jewish traditions and their own 
geographically diverse experiences on the water, they show how time spent 
on the stream can help you navigate the currents and eddies of your own 
inner journey.
 *Praise For:*
 “Offers beautiful and original perspectives on a pastime that for many is 
a kind of religion. They find common ground in the rivers they fish and the 
spiritual truths they encounter. Lovely, learned, personal, heart-warming 
and instructional.”
 —*James Prosek*, author, *Trout: An Illustrated History* and *Fly-Fishing 
the 41st:
>From Connecticut to Mongolia and Home Again—A Fisherman’s Odyssey*
 “Tastefully integrates valuable fly-fishing principles, accounts of 
adventures and deep spiritual truths that we can all apply to our lives and 
reflect on when we are on the water.”
 —*Italo Labignan*, television host, *Canadian Sportfishing*
 “Clearly [shows] we are all united in our spirit…. A great read for anyone 
who cares about people, the conservation of our planet or learning to 
 —*Sherry Steele*, communications chair, Federation of Fly Fishers National 
Board of Directors
 “Wonderfully written, inspirational … thoughtful and articulate, a careful 
read of this exceptional book will make you a better fly-angler, but more 
importantly, it will make you a better person.”
 —*Todd Larson, PhD*, history professor, Xavier University; publisher, 
Whitefish Press; creator, the *Fishing for History* blog
 “Help[s] explain why so many people have ascribed spiritual meaning to 
this sport, and it does so in a way that will help others find such meaning 
in this pastime as well.”
 —*Kenneth H. Lokensgard, PhD*, creator, the *Literary Fly Fisher* blog
 “I loved this book. Both men write beautifully, lyrically, poetically 
about … the connection, the preparation for and act of fly-fishing. You 
will enjoy it. The words will ‘take’ you there.”
 —*John Lionberger*, author, *Renewal in the Wilderness:
A Spiritual Guide to Connecting with God in the Natural World*
 *About the Authors:*
 *Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer* is creator of The Fly Fishing Rabbi: A Blog about 
Trout, God and Religion, and a contributor to Trout magazine. He is the 
spiritual leader of Temple Shearith Israel in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and 
he fishes the cold-water streams of New York, Connecticut and the Northeast.
 *Rev. Michael Attas, MD*, an avid angler for over forty years, is 
assisting priest at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Waco, Texas, a 
practicing cardiologist, professor of medical humanities at Baylor 
University and a columnist for the Waco Tribune Herald. During the summer 
months, he works as a volunteer fly-fishing guide in Colorado.
 *Chris Wood* is president and CEO of Trout Unlimited, the conservation 
organization whose mission is “conserving, protecting and restoring North 
America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds.” He is the author of 
Watershed Restoration: Principles and Practices and coauthor of From 
Conquest to Conservation: Our Public Land Legacy.
 *Lori Simon* is the executive director of Casting for Recovery, a breast 
cancer support group that uses fly-fishing to heal sufferers, both mentally 
and physically. She enjoys the contemplative and spiritual surroundings of 
the natural world through hiking, fishing, horseback riding and sitting 
quietly in a canoe.

Rabbi Eric Eisenkramer
My Book: Fly Fishing-The Sacred 
Published by SkyLight Paths 
The Fly Fishing Rabbi Blog <http://theflyfishingrabbi.blogspot.com/>


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