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Fly Fishing for Dummies (Arkansas version) – Part 1

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History Of Fly Fishing


Fly fishing has been around in various forms for many years. Early historical records indicate that Macedonian fishermen were using artificial flies to catch fish as early as the second century. The Roman Claudius Aelianus described the Macedonian anglers as using six-foot rods with six-foot line. Aelianus detailed how the Macedonian fishermen would craft artificial flies from a hook with red wool and insect wings tied on. These Macedonian fishermen were apparently quite successful with their technique. There is also some evidence that fishing with artificial flies may even predate the second-century Macedonian techniques.

Unfortunately, little else was written about ancient fly fishing methods. It was 1496 before any major work was published describing fly fishing.

It is thought that modern fly fishing probably developed in England and Scotland. Fly fishing techniques similar to modern techniques began to be developed in England in the 19th century. Around this time fly fishing clubs were also formed in England to accommodate a growing interest in the sport. Part of the interest in fly fishing in southern England was because of the prevalence of shallow, weedy rivers. Fly fishing proved to be well-adapted to this type of watercourse.

Fly fishing quickly became something of an elitist sport in England. Fly fishing purists insisted on fishing with dry flies only and looked down on wet fly fishing as being inferior. Wet fly fishing continued to be developed around the same time, however.  The US and Scandinavia also saw fly fishing popularity increase during the 19th century. However, anglers in the US and Scandinavia did not share the English view concerning the superiority of dry fly fishing.  US and Scandinavian anglers fished both dry and wet flies. Read more about Fly Fishing for Dummies (Arkansas version) – Part 1

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Learning to Play Tennis for the Absolute Beginner!

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Basics of Tennis Explained

Tennis if you have ever stopped to consider what it is, can be called a fairly basic sport. Because of this, virtually anyone can learn how to play successfully, but the hard part is the physical aspect.

In terms of how the game is actually played, there are some basic guidelines that will allow you to play successfully without feeling as if you are lost. Even if you are not interested in playing but merely watching, having an idea about what is going on and why will give you a much better understanding of the game overall.

The game of tennis is played with a racket.  The game may be played individually against a single opponent (singles) or between two teams of two players each (doubles). Each player uses a tennis racket that is strung with cord to strike a hollow rubber tennis ball covered with felt over or around a net and into the opponent’s side of the court. The object of the game is to maneuver the ball in such a way that the opponent is not able to play a valid return. The player who is unable to return the ball will not gain a point, while the opposite player will.

The equipment that is used is a tennis ball, tennis racquet and a tennis court. For each individual player there is also tennis shoes and of course suitable tennis clothes. Otherwise, there is no other equipment that is needed. This makes it a sport that is fairly light to play, unlike football, which has a large amount of heavy equipment that is involved as well. Read more about Learning to Play Tennis for the Absolute Beginner!

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Ways to Help Stop Aging Now

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Protect your body and mind against aging


As the years pass by quicker and quicker, and body and mind slows down, my mind tends to think more about ways to help stop aging, NOW!

One surefire way to help both your body and your mind stay a peak ability is by:

WORKING OUT!

 

Your brain’s primary purpose is to move your body and a huge amount of your grey matter’s real estate is dedicated to exactly that job. If you want to keep learning and creating new connections in your brain, then nothing will compare to staying active and exercising. What’s more, is that exercise stimulates the release of countless necessary neurochemicals including dopamine and serotonin.

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It has been shown to greatly improve memory and to boost the IQ too. Meanwhile, the benefits for the body are huge. Staying active can help to improve heart health and prevent the likelihood of heart disease. It can also improve your looks, combat diabetes, prevent depression, keep your bones stronger (especially if you train outside and get lots of sun) and much more. Read more about Ways to Help Stop Aging Now

So TAKE A HIKE!

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I know you have probably heard this phrase before.

TAKE A HIKE!

Maybe it was said in a mean or sarcastic way.  But the truth is.  TAKING A HIKE  IS very good for you. Especially hiking in a natural setting like we have in Bella Vista.  Research is showing that there is certainly many benefits of hiking regularly.

 

Less Stress and better cognitive function

 

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A study by Gregory Bratman, a graduate student in Stanford’s Emmett Interdisciplinary Program in Environment and Resources indicated that time in nature was found to have a positive effect on mood and aspects of cognitive function, including working memory, as well as a dampening effect on anxiety.  The study had participants walking 50 minutes in a natural environment and 50 minutes in an urban environment.  Guess which group were less stressed, had less anxiety and increased their work performance?

There are definite mental health benefits of hiking in a peaceful rural setting as opposed to an urban setting.

Better Sleep Quality

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Welcome to the Bella Vista Online Mall

 


Lake Ann imageBella Vista, Arkansas is located in Northwest Arkansas in the beautiful Ozark Mountains.  This area with its miles of beautiful woodlands, hills, and lakes is one of the most popular places to retire in the U.S.

Bella Vista has been nationally recognized as one of America’s Top 10 Best Healthy Places To Retire by U.S. News & World Report, and one of the Top 25 best places for affordable homes by CNNMoney.com and Money Magazine. In 2017, Bella Vista was ranked as one of the 25 Best Places To Retire.

The population of Bella Vista takes advantage of the natural beauty surrounding their homes by taking part in many outdoor activities, from, walking, running, hiking, tennis, golf, kayaking, tennis, and pickleball.

   

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