Fly fishing is an enjoyable and amazing thing to spend your time doing. However, it can be hazardous, if done without the appropriate safeguards.
Thus, this article discusses the safety practices that must be observed when fly angling.
The first thing one needs to remember is to acquaint yourself with the waters that he/she means to fish. Consider the available resources nearby, the safety concerns and such.
Nonetheless, if it is the individual’s very first time to go fishing in a particular location, it would be a smart move to bring some waders and wear a pair of boots. They are just a good idea to bring along in unfamiliar waters.
Also, prior to heading out on a fishing expedition, the individual ought to check the local weather report. By doing this, he/she does not jeopardize himself/herself by setting out without knowing what might be coming and how to prepare.
Even if the weather is said to be good you could find yourself in a sudden storm, flash flood or the like. In an unpleasant weather situation you should follow all the typical safety measures you’ve been taught. Pay attention to rising water, low water crossings and similar situations you should be monitoring. For example, don’t be in the water in a lightening storm.
Given that help would most likely be difficult to come by while out fly fishing, take safety seriously for your own sake. Get get ready for the worst and you won’t be caught off-guard.
Always carry at least a basic first aid kit and know how to use it. Besides falling on rocks, or getting cut on rocks, barbs on hooks have been known to wound even experienced fishermen. Cleaning fish takes sharp knives and cuts can easily happen. Don’t be foolish. Be prepared.
Do I need to remind you to wear sun-screen? Hmmm? I hope not. Bug repellent is another good idea. Bears and snakes are another thing to consider, depending on what part of the country you are fishing in.
It also never hurts to carry a compass and have the ability to start a fire. Just saying. Whenever you are out in nature, you’re not in “Kansas any more.” Things happen.
Drink water, not just beer! Don’t get dehydrated. And wear a hat for Pete’s sake. Nobody needs a sunburned head. Sunglasses are nice, too. Wear ’em if you got ’em!
In sum, safety first in fly fishing. It needs to be of paramount concern. It makes sure you have a concern and injury-free fly fishing expedition, which in turn means you wife will be more inclined to let you go again sometime!