Fly Fishing is a Sport that is NOT considered very dangerous, unlike Motocross, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, etc.
Although there are a few Safety issues that should be considered.
The main concept of Safety is using some good old fashioned Common Sense!
Here are a few areas to consider when thinking Safety:
- The Fish
- Slips and Falls
- Fishing Line and Hooks
There are several different kinds of Fish out there with very sharp Fins and Teeth.
The Fins can puncture the skin causing some pain and possible infection.
With the Teeth, you could get bitten by the Fish or even just
scraped by the Teeth and this can cause quite a bit of pain and possible infection also.
Slips and Falls
Slips and Falls can be very dangerous and can definitely be avoided with the use of a little Common Sense.
It doesn’t matter if you are Fishing from the Shore Line, Wading in the Stream, or Fishing from a Boat, there are several things to watch out for.
If you are Fishing the Shore Line you must watch the Rocks, Brush, Weeds, etc. You could Trip and Fall on a fallen down Log just under the Weeds or you could Slip on Slippery Rocks.
Either can be rather upsetting, and if near the water, you could hit your head and knock yourself out and possibly Drown.
If you are walking on the Bank, you could Slip and Fall by stepping onto an undercut Bank. Drowning is another possibility here in the situation too!!
How about Wading? Well if you are not careful you could Slip and Fall in on the Slippery Rocks, causing your Waders to Fill with Water and possibly get carried downstream or even Drown.
Always Wade carefully in the water, use a Walking Stick, have Felt Liners, Cleats, or even Korkers on you waders to help avoid this.
Another thing you can do is Wade Diagonally in the Water to avoid being pushed by the current.
If you are in a Boat always pay attention to what is in the water ahead of you. If the Water is shallow you could hit some Rocks, Tree Stumps, or even a Log that may not be above the Water. This could stop you abruptly and throw you into the Water.
Maybe there are some Big Waves, watch out for these too. Always try to face into them whenever possible, Never try to take them on sideways as this can toss the Boat over.
Fishing Line and Hooks
The Fish Line is very thin and can cause Burns and Cuts.
The best way to prevent this is to Tape your fingers or wear Gloves.
If you are fighting a Fish while Fly Fishing this Fish could take off and strip the line from your reel and if you are holding the line it will either Cut or Burn you!
Hooks are very Sharp and can easily puncture the skin. Sometimes this is nothing serious, but other times it can land you in the Hospital.
If you are fighting a Fish (or you are snagged), this Hook could become unlodged and sail back rather quickly hitting you in the Eyes, Ears, Arm, etc.
Always protect your self with a Hat, Glasses, Long Sleeves, etc.
Casting could be the most dangerous of all in the Fly Fishing Sport. This being due mainly to the Line and Fly traveling at such a high rate of speed.
There is always the chance of a bad cast either getting tangled or caught in the wind. Not only from your Rod but someone else’s too!!This could come back at you just as mentioned above.
Always carry a First Aide Kit with you with Bandages, Antibiotic Ointment, Peroxide, maybe some Benedryl in case of that insect bite, etc.
Always, and I can’t stress this enough, always practice Safety when Fly Fishing, not only for yourself but others that may be around you!!