Fly fishing can be done from a boat; For example, drift fishing in a river boat or some other large body of water, maybe hunting for schools of active fish that blast the surface. However, the most common method of fly fishing is usually to actually get into the water. And that’s where the safety concerns about fly fishing begin.
By wading, fly fishing anglers can reach fish and escape overhanging limbs that always seem to be lurking to catch flies on their backs. Fly fishing safety practices require some attention to flooding techniques and some fly fishing safety equipment.
Polarized glasses are always a great start to fly fishing safety. Not only will they help you find fish, but the glare removal will also help with potential tripping due to stones, submerged logs, or broken off. They also offer safety when fishing as eye protection from flies in the event of unpredictable kickbacks, hook sets or to free hooks.
Good grip wading boots are also an important part of fly fishing safety. This can be achieved with different steps, rivets or, if allowed, felt. When using sock / bootie type waders, the separate wading boot allows for easier hiking and less risk of overheating than neoprene for summer fishing when this aspect of the health and safety of fly fishing is an issue.
A wading belt or two is a good idea. They’re wedged high around your chest, preventing water from entering over your waders if you slip and go under. If you borrow a tip from kayak anglers, plan on falling in. That way you are better protected.
A wading stick can be helpful when crossing the current. Rotate your feet to the side so the upstream foot is blocking the flow of your downstream foot. Downstream, hold the stick and take small, slow steps crossing at a downstream angle.
Another good safety practice when fly fishing is fishing with a friend. Not only can friends remind each other of fishing safety tips, but they can also snap pictures of each other’s catch before letting go!