Orvis Fly Fishing
What Gear Is Important To Have For Safe Wading?
People drown every year while wading, or while fishing from boats. Wading can be extremely dangerous and at the very least, put you in a precarious situation. While wading you may find yourself teetering the edge of doing something safely and confidently as well as doing something very dangerous. There are some important safety precautions that wading fly fisherman have at their disposal: wading belts, wading staffs, metal cleats in your wading boots, and a whistle close at hand. If you are wading while fishing, then it's a good idea to use a combination of the available pieces of gear that may mean the difference between simply falling in and getting wet, a trip to the hospital, or something much worse.
If you're wearing waders, then having a wading belt on is a must. From shallow knee-deep riffles to rushing torrents of rapids, a wading belt may be your only defense from drowning when going for an accidental swim.
Wading staffs can really help in plying the river bottom for hazards at your next step, and bracing yourself against the force of the current as you move.
Cleats and Studs
If you've ever been wading and had a really tough time getting around and slipping every single step, studs on your wading boot may help you stay dry and safe while traversing the dangerous river bottom.
Probably the most overlooked item of safe wading gear. If you have trouble wading, are prone to slipping in the water, or just lack real wading confidence, a whistle stuck to your wader belt is a must have.
These fairly simple, relatively inexpensive pieces of gear can help you stay safe when wading. There is no doubt that wading rivers is a risky business. Even if you fish with other people all the time, adding these pieces of gear is an easy way to keep accidents to a minimum. Always wade confidently, slowly, and safely. Do not take unnecessary risks. Remember, no fish is worth drowning for.
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