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April 10, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 156

Fly Fishing Safety and First Aid

When going out fishing to an area you know well. or if it is a different area always remember to be safe

* In the event of an accidental slip while wading - always wear a wading belt with waist or chest waders to avoid filling up with water.

* Always dress for inclement weather.

* Always wear or bring extra food and water just in case!

* Wear non slip shoes that are appropriate for the type of fishing you are doing. Rubber soles for sand, gravel or silt. Felt soles for rocky river bottoms, and cleated soles for swift water.

* Always carry a wading staff if fishing in unfamiliar or fast moving water

* Sunscreen and bug spray!

* In dam controlled waters make sure that you know the signals of impending water release.

* Pinch the barbs on your hooks to avoid painful removals!

* When crossing fast currents, make your way by wading downstream at an angle across the river.

* A PFD is recommended when fishing on a boat or wading in deep water.

* Be aware of sticks and debris when fishing in fast moving water.

* When fishing in fast moving water, always have an exit strategy. Water levels, especially in the mountains, can rise quickly.

* Watch your footing carefully when crossing streams. It is easy to get a foot caught between rocks. The results can be deadly

* If you're hiking a long distance, maps, compass, and a GPS system are recommended to avoid getting lost.

First Aid Equipment to outfit a basic fly fishing kit:* 1 elastic-roll bandage* Pain Reliever* Adhesive tape* Alcohol swabs* Antihistamine* Adhesive bandages and/or skin glue for large cuts* Butterfly bandages* Diarrhea medicine* Gauze pads* Hydrocortisone cream* Antibacterial cream* Moleskin, 1 or 2 packets* Sterile Cotton swab* Scissors* Tweezers

Before every trip inspect and restock your first aid kit. Make sure that your container is waterproof and durable.

* It is important to know how to use everything and advisable to take a first aid and CPR course.

* Before you go, make sure that you know about the hazards of the area that you are visiting. Poisonous plants, poisonous or dangerous animals, fire conditions and a weather report.

* If possible, go fishing with a minimum of two people.

* Always tell people where you are going and when they should expect your return.

* When hiking on state or national lands take a moment to fill out the guest book. It not only helps funding for the area but it lets people know where you are.

Robin Lambert

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