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Need a Break? Go Fishing!

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Summer may be ending, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break.

No longer just a man’s sport-one-third of those who fish are women-fishing is a great way for the whole family to get outdoors. Just the act of fishing gets you moving, and in some locations, you might hike, paddle, or bike to get to a favorite spot. One study found that the movement of fly-casting is particularly good for breast cancer survivors, and other research found that fishing delivers these other benefits:

  • Stronger bonds with friends and family
  • Reduced stress
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Better mood
  • Reduced symptoms of PTSD, including less guilt and hostility

To find fishing spots and information about rules and regulations in each state, fish stocking reports, maps, directions, and camping information, visit fishintrips.net.