1. Get to know the river. Come by in the middle of summer when the water is very low and check out the bottom and the structure. Take photos if you can!
2. Make sure you’re able to come back to shore! Getting caught in the middle of rapids sucks! Trust me.
3. Use a wading stick. I never did but I heard good things about it….
4. Make sure your foot is well secured before lifting the other one! And try not to walk on loose rocks.
5. Make sure you’re able to take your waders off easily if you fall in, waders filled with water are quite heavy.
6. Water reading skills aren’t just good to find fish, it’s nice to figure out what’s lying under the water before diving in.
7. Don’t do it just to do it! It might sound stupid at first, but you could scare a trophy fish away from jumping in the water when you really didn’t need too.
8. Try to always put your back to the current, it’s a lot easier to walk true!
9. This one is more towards float fisherman than fly fisher but please, STOP wading in front of other fisherman! That’s just sooooo rude! ( I experience it almost every time now on busy river!)
10. Don’t be stupid! If the river is too high and the current is too strong, don’t try to get to that sweet spot. A long fly fishing life is better than one big fish.