Wading is one of those areas in fly fishing where there's only one thing that really matters: your safety!
Even with brand new top of the range waders and boots, which are so cool you feel invincible as you stride into the water, you can still get a dangerously false sense of security. Be warned!
Wading accessories such as boots, wading belts, wading staff and studs are all nessecery for your safty while fly fishing.
While fly fishing is not considered a dangerous sport I have seen many serious injuries on the river from broken bones, serious cuts and abrasions, hypothermia and even death.
So safty is an important concideration when thinking about fly fishing. Let's look at some important pieces of kit when fly fishing.
Fishing Waders obviously keep you dry and warm but can be dangerous if not warn with a wading belt. A wading belt is not a fashion accessory it is a safty tool. Should you slip and fall while wading, water will rush into your waders forcing air to the feet of your waders, your feet are then like little floats forcing your feet up and your head under the water, this is how people drown and it only takes seconds.
A wading belt prevents this by stopping the water from rushing into your waders giving you time to right yourself and take control of the situation. You may still get wet feet but at least you don't drown!
A wading staff is a great piece of kit, it gives you stability when wading over slippery rocks and wading through running water and also is a good hiking tool to help you get to your favourite fly fishing spot.
Wading boots are designed to take the rigors of both hiking and wading. When you think about it wading rivers and streams is a very hostile enviroment with sharp, slippery rocks, sand, mud and water. And we also like them as light as we can for hiking.
Tungsten boot studs are the best studs and offer great grip when fly fishing on rivers with slippery rocks etc. They screw straight into your boots and can be easily replaced when needed. Wading studs offer great stability without introducing things like rock snot that clog up and pollute the pristen waterways that we fly fish.
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FLY FISH SAFELY: WADERS AND ACCESSORIES
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