Fishing is not generally considered a high-risk sport, but knowing how to stay safe regardless of the circumstances is critical for any fisherman. ArdMoor has compiled this list of River Fishing Safety Tips* – visit our Facebook page to submit your own tips!
River Fishing Saftey Tips:
- Always dress appropriately, this includes waterproof fishing jackets, waders and footwear.
- Check the weather before you leave and be ready for any sudden changes in conditions that may occur.
- Remember, the hooks on the end of your line are very sharp. Before you make a cast, make sure there is no one behind you.
- Use caution when baiting and removing hooks.
- If you go fishing alone, be sure to tell someone exactly where you are going and when.
- If you’re fishing from a boat, wear a life jacket.
- If you are fishing in unknown waters with a strong current, go with a friend. Always carefully check out the area before wading in, and when you do wade in, do so carefully. Carry a wading stick and take one step at a time to feel for any deep drop-offs.
What river fishing equipment are you likely to need to be safe?
Here is a little kit advice below.
- Adequate footwear – Rubber soled boots for sand-based & felt soled for rock-based rivers
- Water & wind resistant clothing
- Wading staff or stick to determine water levels
- Map of where you will be fishing
- A method of communication such as a mobile phone/radio
- First Aid Kit in case of minor injury
*N.B. ArdMoor provides these tips and recommendations based on experience and general knowledge. We accept no liability or responsibility to any person or organisation as a consequence of any reliance upon the information contained in this site.