Fly fishing is not an extreme sport. But when surrounded by water and wilderness, fishing accidents can be fatal.
A common fear is your fly fishing waders become waterlogged and drag you under. Other potentially hazardous accidents include, getting lost, getting cold and getting hungry.
So be prepared and get equipped, with a Fly Fishing Survival Kit:
A wading belt could potentially save your life, should you fall into the water. A belt around your waist will stop a lot of water getting into your waders. This could be the difference between life and death.
Contrary to popular myth, water-filled waders won’t drag you under. But ballooned waders full of water will rob you of all control in the water and put you at the mercy of currents.
Water-filled waders will also make you cold. If you get really cold you can get hypothermia. Wading belts also prevent back strain. Three good reasons, then, to wear a wading belt.
Personal floatation device
It’s always a good idea to wear a personal floatation device in water – whether a life jacket or an inflatable vest. We all know people who won’t wear them because they ‘don’t need’ them.
You know the type – boasts about being a strong swimmer but only has a bronze medal for swimming half a length in their pyjamas aged 10.
It doesn’t matter how good a swimmer you think you are, no-one can swim when they’re unconscious. If you hit your head, a PFD could save your life.
Smart phone & protector
With smart phones offering mobile web and a whole host of handy apps (including some rather useful fly fishing apps, we might add), they certainly make it into our survival kit.
A smart phone isn’t just your link to the emergency services. It’s also a GPS, compass and your Oracle for every piece of information that could get you out of trouble.
Clearly it’s no good if broken – most smart phones don’t work in water – so get your phone a waterproof wrapper. Plug sockets are rare in the wild, so a wind-up charger will prove useful should your battery get low.
Don’t get stranded without food and fluid on your fly fishing trip.
Pack some water to keep you hydrated and don’t be tempted to sip straight from your fishing source. Drinking it neat is all very Bear Grylls, but farm runoff and countless unpronounceable bacteria make it a game of Russian Roulette with your belly.
Oh, and you’ll need food in case your fishing skills let you down.
Always expect the worst in terms of weather and (certainly in this country) you won’t be disappointed.
Waterproofs and warm clothing are essentials for a fishing trip. For those rare occasions when the sun shines, make sure you have a hat to prevent sunstroke and sunburn.
An obvious point, perhaps, but it’s been so long since we’ve had a decent summer that we thought you might need reminding!