All Kinds of News for April 11, 2018
Trails Momentum, a wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25, has added fly-fishing to experiential and therapeutic programing; in April, students stocked the lake on campus with 500 various sizes of Rainbow Trout. Both formal and informal instruction will take place weekly with Trails Momentum Primary Therapist Blake Smith.
“The students will have the choice to undertake advanced trips and fly-fishing opportunities if they see fly-fishing as a potential interest or life-skill for balance or possibly going into guide service,” comments Blake Smith. “Considering fly-fishing guides can earn up to $350 dollars a day while being outside and serving others, it may be a good career for some students who have struggled to get offline and re-engage their interests in the outdoors.”
Within the fly fishing program at Trails, no fish are harmed in the process. Catch and release is the general practice at Trails, although occasionally trout meals may be prepared by the students depending on the skills and therapeutic intent behind the meal.
“Similar to the fire-making process, fly-fishing encourages students to work through a progressive series of skill minutia before working up to the macro world of casting and ultimately presenting a fly to feeding trout," says Smith. “Fly-fishing actually requires rhythmic breathing and a relaxed demeanor or else one's intent or eagerness overpower the rod, thereby rendering it less effective.”
“Students will work on fly-fishing as an experiential exercise of mindfulness and self-regulation,” comments Smith. “Research has been conducted recently demonstrating the positive psycho-regulatory effects of fly-fishing practice when integrated into a life balance pattern. It's also a fun way to hunt and be attuned to nature without having to kill something. Therefore, it is an easy conservation-minded activity since trout only live in clean water and generally beautiful places.”
About Trails Momentum
Trails Momentum is a co-ed adventure-based wilderness therapy program for young adults ages 18-25. Located in the mountains of western North Carolina, Trails Momentum offers a transformative, whole student centered growth experience for young adults struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Adventure programming, clinical services, education, service-learning, and community living are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills in order to empower students to make the transition into independence.