Video Tuesday Tip: Safe Wading Techniques

Written by: Phil Monahan

In today’s video Tuesday Tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, we discuss safe wading practices. With many people fishing in very cold water over the winter, and with the upcoming runoff season, it’s a good time to review wading safety. (I know, it’s one of those boring but important topics and you’d rather have us give you some tips on where you can catch big fish right now and exactly how to do that. But I’ll save those subjects for Monahan.) If you’ve never done any serious wading, you should watch this video. And even if you have, it might be a good refresher—it’s not the last word on wading safety but it will get you thinking.

Falling down in shallow water can be a real drag, as well as painful. But losing
your footing in deeper water can have dire consequences.
Photo courtesy Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

5 thoughts on “Video Tuesday Tip: Safe Wading Techniques

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  2. Chris

    It is important to remember. I took a fall last September and hurt my back. I wasn’t able to fish again until February. I now carry a wading staff everywhere.

  3. Kenton

    Can’t be any worse than having one foot in the boat and one on the dock and the boat moves wide. Great way to test the water temperature.

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  5. Marty

    You’re fishing just far enough downstream of the dam on a tailwater stream to just barely hear the whistle or horn blow indicating water is being released. You delay moving to the bank or shallower water because you just KNOW the next cast is going to hook up with that big brown you saw last week. Or the next cast will. Or the next cast will. Or next the cast will. Ad nauseum. You will soon find yourself in deeper water than you can negotiate and you’re going to go for a strong swim just to get to shore. And you will throw your rod to shore to save it, if you you can throw that far. At best. Guys, gals, head to shore at the first indication the water is being released! Ask me how I know!


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