Reeling in the Mental and Physical Benefits of Fly Fishing


In today’s fast-paced, technology-driven world, finding moments of solace and serenity can be challenging and seems like a rare luxury. However, one activity stands out as a beacon of calm amidst the chaos: fly fishing. Fly fishing takes you away from the noise and worries of the city to the peaceful serenity of the great outdoors. This time-honored pastime has been cherished for generations and, when practiced in the right setting, can be transformative for the mind and body. Beyond being that time-honored pastime, fly fishing offers numerous benefits for mental and physical well-being. 

In this blog, we will dive into the positive effects that fly fishing can have on the brain and body.  Topics from stress relief to improved mental clarity, and why visiting the Trout On™ Inn can be the perfect destination to experience rest, relaxation and where you can put these benefits into practice. 

“Today, of course, there’s no need to forage and hunt to survive. Yet our genes are coded for this activity, and our brains are meant to direct it. Take that activity away, and you’re disrupting a delicate biological balance that has been fine-tuned over half a million years. Quite simply, we need to engage our endurance metabolism to keep our bodies and brains in optimum condition. The ancient rhythms of activity ingrained in our DNA translate roughly to the varied intensity of walking, jogging, running, and sprinting. In broad strokes, then, I think the best advice is to follow our ancestors’ routine: walk or jog every day, run a couple of times a week, and then go for the kill every now and then by sprinting.” ~ John J. Ratey, Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain

Natural Stress Reliever: Unplug and Reconnect with Nature

Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, tends to be lower when individuals are in natural environments. Research studies have consistently shown that being in nature, like fly fishing by a peaceful river, can lower cortisol levels and mitigate stress. One of the most common issues facing society today is stress. In a world of technology it is now more important than ever to unplug in nature’s embrace. A place for natural stress relief. Fly fishing presents a unique opportunity to unplug from the digital world and immerse oneself in the beauty of nature. Leaving behind the constant demands of the city and the relentless buzz of technology, anglers will find solace in the serene surroundings of rivers, streams, and lakes. The act of casting a line and focusing on the water’s flow helps reduce stress levels and brings a sense of tranquility. Did you know that the rhythmic motions of fly casting and the soothing sounds of flowing water create a relaxing environment for the mind?  Engaging in this repetitive yet mindful activity can alleviate anxiety and promote mental clarity, making it an ideal way to recharge mentally. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, tends to be lower when individuals are in natural environments. Research studies have consistently shown that being in nature, like fly fishing by a peaceful river, can lower cortisol levels and mitigate stress.

A friend of the Trout On™ Inn, says that there is really only one way he can fully put work out of his mind, and that is fly fishing. There is just something about being on the water and focusing on the fishing that allows him to just focus on the fishing and nothing else, even if it is for just a few hours. ~ Justin P. 2023

Socialization: Strengthening Bonds and Reconnecting

Fly fishing is often enjoyed in the company of friends or family, offering a unique opportunity for socialization in a natural setting. Sharing the joy of a catch or simply spending quality time by the water fosters stronger connections and creates lasting memories. Fly fishing often takes enthusiasts to remote and beautiful locations. This escape from the daily grind allows for a deeper connection with nature and a chance to reconnect with friends and loved ones. It is not unusual for a group of friends and family to plan an annual excursion where the activity is fly-fishing but the time spent fishing, eating, and talking is where the memories get embedded into the brain. Fly fishing isn’t just about the fish; it’s about the shared experiences, connections, and memories you build with friends and fellow enthusiasts. Reconnecting with friends in a serene natural setting is a recipe for strengthened social bonds.

Physical Activity: A Workout for Body and Mind

Fly fishing may appear tranquil, but it’s also a physical activity that engages various muscle groups, although not a vigorous workout, fly fishing can be a moderate workout for the entire body. Arms, legs, back, and the core are all engaged when wading through rivers, casting, and reeling in fish. The physical motion provides a gentle workout that contributes to physical strength, balance, dexterity, eye-hand coordination, and stamina. This moderate physical activity also promotes better cardiovascular health. Did you know that fly fishing increases the heart rate. An increased heart rate exercises the heart and helps the heart pump more efficiently. Plus, spending time outside has been proven to help lower blood pressure too, which in turn lowers your risk for heart disease. Fly fishing demands precision and concentration, sharpening one’s focus. The act of tying flies, casting accurately, and reading the water requires a mindful approach that enhances concentration skills as well as improving fine motor skills. As we age we need to keep our bodies moving from the gross motor muscle groups to the fine. 

“We have discovered that exercise is strongly correlated with increased brain mass, better cognition, mood regulation, and new cell growth.”~ Eric Jensen  – Exercise with the Brain

Vitamin D for Brain Function: Boosting Cognitive Abilities

Being outdoors exposes you to natural sunlight, which helps your body produce vitamin D. This essential vitamin plays a crucial role in increasing brain function, enhancing cognitive abilities, mood regulation, and overall mental well-being. “Exposing your skin to sunshine — actually, ultraviolet B (UVB) rays — enables the body to make vitamin D, which is why it’s also known as the “sunshine vitamin.” Research suggests vitamin D may have protective effects against everything from osteoporosis to cancer to depression to heart attacks and stroke.” ~ Harvard Health Publications

Boosting in Self-Esteem, Purpose: Battling Depression 

Achieving success in fly fishing, whether it’s landing a prized catch or mastering a new technique, boosts self-esteem and provides a sense of purpose. It engages your mind, requiring focus and patience, which can be incredibly calming. The combination of natural surroundings and the calming effects of fishing can be a potent antidote to the blues. The focus and concentration required for success also spills over into other areas of your life, improving your ability to concentrate on tasks and achieve goals. 

The soothing qualities of water, coupled with the meditative aspects of fly fishing, can provide relief from the burdens of depression. Cortisol, the body’s stress hormone, tends to be lower when individuals are in natural environments. Research studies have consistently shown that being in nature, like fly fishing by a peaceful river, can lower cortisol levels and mitigate stress. The tranquility of the water and the repetitive nature of fly fishing provide an ideal environment for your mind to wander and reset. Many find that this mental freedom leads to increased creativity and problem-solving abilities as well.

The Benefits of Choosing Trout on Inn:

Now, you might be wondering where the ideal destination is to experience these incredible benefits of fly fishing? While fly fishing can be enjoyed in various locations, not all places offer the combination of exceptional fishing opportunities and top-notch accommodations like Trout On™ Inn just 100 feet from the river. Situated amidst the stunning beauty of the North Platte River, nestled in a picturesque location, surrounded by river, bluffs, and abundant wildlife, providing an idyllic backdrop for your fishing adventures. Trout On™ Inn offers the perfect retreat for anglers and nature enthusiasts alike, located only 30 minutes from Casper, Wyoming you may also find other activities that meet these benefits.

Here’s why it’s a great choice:

  • Need a Boat? TOI has Rentals: Explore the waterways with ease by renting one of our well-maintained boats, providing access to prime fishing spots.
  • Need a little help figuring it all out? Try a Guided Fishing Trip: For those new to fly fishing or seeking expert guidance, our guided fishing trips offer valuable insights and a higher chance of success.
  • Just like to step out of your cabin and fish? Try Wade Fishing: If you prefer to wade in and feel the current beneath your feet, our location is ideal for wade fishing enthusiasts, the cabins and lodge are just 100 feet from blue ribbon fishing.
  • Want to relax after a long day on the river? Book an inclusive stay: After a day on the water, relax and rejuvenate in comfortable lodging options and meals cooked on site that cater to all your needs.
  • Wanting to create unforgettable memories: Whether you’re a seasoned angler or a beginner, the Trout On™ Inn promises unforgettable moments and the chance to create cherished memories.


Fly fishing is not just a hobby; it’s a holistic experience that can help rejuvenate your mind, body and soul. The benefits of nature, physical activity, and mental relaxation are profound. Making the choice to engage in an unforgettable experience that combines the joys of fishing with top-tier lodging and a serene natural setting, the memories are lifelong. So, why wait? Book your fly fishing experience today and reap the rewards of this incredible outdoor pursuit. With its stress-relieving qualities, mental well-being benefits, and physical activity, fly fishing offers a pathway to a healthier, happier life; and, when you choose Trout On™ Inn as your destination, you’ll find not only an exceptional fishing experience but also a serene haven where you can embrace the healing powers of nature. So, grab your fly rod, escape the city, and let the waters of Trout On™ Inn wash away your worries.