No matter what sport you are engaging in, there are certain standards of etiquette that should be followed. Etiquette is a way of behaving in a manner that is beneficial to you and all others involved.
If you’re wondering about protocol for fly fishing etiquette, here is a general guideline:
- For fly fishing especially, many fish species (like the brown trout and bonefish) tend to be more skittish so you want to keep the noise level down. This is not just for the fish you are attempting to catch; this is also a courtesy for the fishermen fishing nearby. Fly fishing should be relaxing and that is not possible when noise level is too high, either from talking or radio playing.
- Stick to the regulations and make sure you are always following them. No one likes fishermen who can’t follow the rules, and the fishing rules are different for fly fishing. Be aware of what’s expected ahead of time and make effort to be on your best behavior.
- If you’re fly fishing on a stream or small river, leave plenty of water space between you and other fishermen when working upstream. Don’t overcrowd a spot that doesn’t belong to you at that moment. If another angler is casting where you want to be, wait your turn and choose a different section for the time being.
- If you are wading, pay close attention to splashing and shadows. Ripples from splashing doesn’t affect just your fishing, it affects those around you as well. Sight-cast is important and is much more difficult because shadows can spook feeding fish.
Fly fishing is a great experience for all anglers and in order to have the highest chance of success, don’t disrupt other anglers and always make sure you’re conscience of actions. For more fly fishing tips, contact Marble Canyon Outfitters.