Getting away from it all

By Ed Godfrey, Outdoors Editor Modified: November 16, 2008 at 7:26 am •  Published: November 14, 2008

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For Jeff Hartmann, fly fishing keeps his life in balance.

The Oklahoma City attorney represents insurance companies. Most of his cases involve allegations that insurance companies have failed to deal in good faith. It’s a job that is often hectic, stressful and unpleasant. To get away from it all, he goes fishing.

“It’s a lonely journey through life if you really didn’t enjoy something,” said the 66-year-old Hartmann, at attorney for 42 years. “Fishing is the thing that just gives me a lot of relaxation.”

Hartmann carries a fly rod most everywhere he goes. If he goes out of town on litigation, he brings his fly rod along, and somewhere along the way he will find a public lake or stream where the trout, bass or bluegill are biting.

Even if the fish don’t bite, his time outside is therapeutic. He is at peace when a fly rod is in his hand.

“It’s where my soul is comfortable,” he said.

Hartmann is the father of 10 children – seven of whom are adopted.

His best fatherly advice. Find something in life that you are passionate about. “In my mind, I am still young because I have a passion about being outdoors,” he said.

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