Fly Fishing 101, Part 20
How you are accepted by fellow anglers may not be high on
your list of becoming a fly fisher. However, there are some
common courtesy rules that any angler should observe. Being a
lady or gentleman has not been emphasized in our culture as it
once was. Beyond treating others with respect, there is the very
serious matter of treating the resource, the water, banks, woods
and all of outdoors with respect so as not to damage it. To leave
no mark where we have passed in our fishing adventures is the
Here are some common rules of courtesy to follow:
- A section of water belongs to the first person fishing it. It is
inconsiderate to crowd an angler who was there first.
- A slow moving or stationary angler has the right to remain
where he/she is. If you are moving, leave the water and quietly
walk around the angler in position in the water.
- If an angler is resting the water, (Allowing the water to calm
down after some form of disturbance. Generally, after a fish has been
caught, the act of the fight scares the rest of the fish and
makes them hesitant to hit on a fly, so you Rest the Water until
it is fishable again.) or planning his/her next move, it is his/her water.
Don't jump in without permission.
- A person working upstream has the right of way over
someone fishing downstream.
- Always yield to an angler with a fish on the line.
- Do not enter the water directly in front of someone already in the water.
- Always recognize property rights. Leave all gates as you found them.
- Do not litter. If you brought it in, take it out. Leave the
area cleaner than you found it.
- Try not to make tracks whenever possible.
- Wade only when necessary. The aquatic food chain is fragile.
- Obey all state and local fishing laws and rules.
More on the little niceties that make up the best group of
people in the world (fly fishers of course) can be found in This
Weeks View as Born in a Barn?
Fly fishing has rewards beyond anything I could have imagined
when I started. It can be challenging, a renewal of yourself — a
complete release from the stress and tensions of work, society or
family. A time for sharing with friends or family. Or a solitary time
for reflection in the outdoor world, as life's little miracles are
revealed to you.
Being an ethical and considerate angler seems to be a very
small price to pay for all the benefits.
Stop by the Chat Room and meet some
fellow anglers. It is a nice bunch of people - always willing
to help new fly fishers! Or just share your fishing adventures.
Fair skys and tight lines, ~ DB
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