14 episodes

"When we step into nature, our opportunity is not only to learn about the world around us, but also to become better acquainted with the world that lies within us." - Cari RayCari Ray has been exploring the outdoors since she was a girl growing up in the Midwest, and she's been writing stories, songs, and making visual art for nearly as long. For many years now, those explorations more often find a fly rod in her hand. "Fisher of Zen" represents the culmination of those passions. Part podcast, part blog, part photo diary...all wondering about wandering with a particular focus.

Fisher Of Zen Cari Ray

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"When we step into nature, our opportunity is not only to learn about the world around us, but also to become better acquainted with the world that lies within us." - Cari RayCari Ray has been exploring the outdoors since she was a girl growing up in the Midwest, and she's been writing stories, songs, and making visual art for nearly as long. For many years now, those explorations more often find a fly rod in her hand. "Fisher of Zen" represents the culmination of those passions. Part podcast, part blog, part photo diary...all wondering about wandering with a particular focus.

    A MOVING MEDITATION: Fly Fishing & Mental Health

    A MOVING MEDITATION: Fly Fishing & Mental Health

    May is metal health awareness month, and Pat Kellner, the guy behind Texas Freshwater Fly Fishing, asked me to put some thoughts together on the pursuit of fly fishing as it relates to mental health. Rather than a treatise on their connection, what flowed on to the page were some prime examples of how the sport offers opportunities for the sort of mindfulness practice that can pay big dividends in our daily lives. 

    It’s a long-held belief of mine that, if we let it, the pursuit can be immeasurably beneficial to mind, body, & spirit. Sometimes by offering low-hanging fruit like fly casting and drawing us into nature. Sometimes by offering situations that border on tedious or frustrating, presenting us with the choice to get bogged down or to rise above. Like most healthy choices, it gets easier with practice. Mastery is never about your relationship to anyone or anything else, it’s always between you and you. And step one to is to GET PRESENT.
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    NOT ALL TROUT ARE GENIUSES: An Interview with Outdoor Author, Mark Usyk

    NOT ALL TROUT ARE GENIUSES: An Interview with Outdoor Author, Mark Usyk

    With a busy Texas trout season drawing to a close, I finally had a chance to sit down and crack open “Not all Trout are Geniuses,” by fly fishing author, Mark Usyk. From the first chapter, I was drawn in…not only by the vivid storytelling, but by the easy, conversational tenor of his writing. And I was sure I needed to convince him to  come on the podcast.
    As he joined our virtual meeting from his den, he was accompanied by Masters of the Universe and Star Wars action figures, Kermit the frog,  and an 18-inch statue of the Incredible Hulk holding a trout plaque. So yeah, I knew this was going to be good.
    We’ll talk about the release of his third book, a little about fly fishing, and a fair bit about the path of transformation from hot rod builder and and cell tower climber to published outdoor author.
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    RELATIVE GIANTS: Feeling Small is a Big Deal

    RELATIVE GIANTS: Feeling Small is a Big Deal

    Spending time in nature is a good thing. I think that sentiment became more widely held than ever as a global pandemic drove us out of our collective confines like rats from a sewer. And if you ask people why they venture out, you'll likely get one or more of a few common answers. The beauty, the fresh air, the sun on one's face, the exercise. I's say there are many more—but for now, I want to reflect on just one that may be a little more obscure. (spoiler alert!)


    The opportunity to gain perspective—physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.
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    • 9 min
    JUST SAY YES: A Float Down The Grand Canyon Might Change Your Life

    JUST SAY YES: A Float Down The Grand Canyon Might Change Your Life

    A few years ago, Robbin Voight said yes to a 14-day rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Well, she actually said yes 2 years before then, but we’ll get to that. Contrary to what you might think, not all outdoor adventure is reserved for 20-somethings living the van life. It’s for folks like you and me, too. Some of my favorite outdoor adventure stories are those of ordinary folks who’ve had extraordinary experiences. And this one would certainly qualify. 
    In the course of our interview, we’ll also get to all of the reasons she considers that trip to be life-changing. She’s even been kind enough to share a few of her in-the-moment journal entries with us. I’ve posted them along with the episode over at fisherofzen.com. We talk a little about impetus, a little about an average day on the river, and a lot about Zen of being disconnected from what one river guide referred to as “the fake world,” and immersed in the beauty that abounds in the real one. 
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    FROM THE BORDER, with Love

    FROM THE BORDER, with Love

    A couple of years ago, we were awarded the unique opportunity to spend the Christmas holiday along the US-Mexico border just in time for a government shutdown spurred, at least in part, by a political dispute over that very border. Feeling the gravity of that situation as we explored the ruggedly beautiful terrain and the river that runs between our countries offered a unique vantage point from which to contemplate the situation.
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    • 13 min
    RIO PEQUEÑO: The Headiness of Fly Fishing Headwaters

    RIO PEQUEÑO: The Headiness of Fly Fishing Headwaters

    Like rivers, sometimes the biggest adventures start small. This certainly proved to be the case as we set out from our August basecamp to head up over a high mountain pass in the San Juans of Colorado. Besides the beauty of the Alpine Tundra, I had my heart set on visiting a few of the natives who have called these mountains home for some 70,000 years.
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    • 18 min

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13 Ratings

13 Ratings