The many dangers of fly fishing have the potential to ruin what should be an enjoyable and memorable activity. There’s nothing quite like getting out into the great outdoors and pitting yourself against nature. Providing you don’t get injured whilst doing so.
What are the main dangers of fly fishing?
As opposed to the obvious dangers of fishing on a boat or from a beach, the main dangers of fly fishing are more subtle.
- Slips, trips and falls
Standing out in the river casting out for your catch undoubtedly makes fly fishing a more immersive experience than other types of fishing. However, it also increases the likelihood of suffering a slip, trip or fall.
A sudden rush of a strong current, a slippery rock underfoot, a sharp tug on the line causing you to overbalance… The potential causes of slips, trips and falls when fly fishing are as numerous as they are varied.
The danger of these sorts of fly fishing accidents is enhanced by the surrounding environment. Falling over on a fishing boat is one thing, someone will always be around to help. Falling in a river is a whole new level of danger. What if you get trapped? Or hit your head? The consequences can be catastrophic.
- Animal bites
Other river creatures may not take too kindly to your intrusion. From other underwater creatures to flies and mosquitoes having a nibble, you need to be careful and prepare thoroughly.
- Hooking accidents
The nature of fly fishing means you have to take extra care with your fishing equipment. The almost constant moving, reeling, casting and recasting means it’s essential to know the proper technique.
How can I minimise the dangers of fly fishing?
- Practice, practice, practice
If it’s your first-time fly fishing, don’t go alone. Have some lessons and practise and hone your technique until you feel ready to head out to the river. Always let someone back on land know where you’re going and when you expect to be back.
Waders, insect repellent, sun protection etc. Preparation is key to ensuring you don’t suffer any fly fishing accidents.
What if I’m hurt in a fly fishing accident that wasn’t your fault?
It’s well worth considering the fact you may be due fishing injury compensation. A quick call to Accident Advice Helpline can set you on the way to the compensation you deserve. Dial 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993.
Date Published: May 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice