Anglers require preventative maintenance, too |

Anglers require preventative maintenance, too

I have recently noticed that some of my fly fishing partners are experiencing problems with soreness or fatigue after a long day of fishing. I even noticed a younger guide rehabilitating his shoulder at the gym where I was working out.Some would say that fly fishing is a relatively easy sport that really does not require any physical prowess. While that may be true, there is a considerable amount of repetitive motion involved with casting. This can be hard on the shoulder, elbow and arm.Fly fishing can also require being in good enough shape to walk great distances in tough environments. My annual trip to Baja is a great example. We have to walk miles while beach fishing in very hot weather, and sometimes we have to run to get in position to cast to the cruising fish. This requires being in moderately good shape.As we get older, the process is not as easy as when we were in our 20s. Working out regularly is very important, and I do it religiously in anticipation of my trips. I also tailor my workouts to my sport.For example, I will do light weight work that follows my casting motion. I have noticed a marked improvement in my casting stroke while casting a shooting-head at Pyramid Lake. It has also allowed me to not experience the soreness that I had after a long day of casting that I would get prior to exercising these muscles.Athletes work out to get better at their respective sport. Anglers should really be no different. To enjoy the outdoors, the anglers should prepare themselves to face the challenges that their sport provides.While you do not have to work out like a marathon runner or an Olympic athlete, targeting some of the specific needs and trying to strengthen yourself in those areas will allow you to fish well into your senior years.andamp;#8212; Bruce Ajari is a Truckee resident and regular fishing columnist for the Sierra Sun and other area newspapers.

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