Spey Fishing Etiquette What Do You Think ?
We are starting a few blogs each week about some of the common questions we get asked on a regular basis all about fishing and to start with one that gets talked about quite a lot is the etiquette in fly fishing. Although this is titled Spey fishing etiquette these guidelines below can and do equally apply to both double handed and single handed rods.
The below guides come in to effect when sharing a single piece of water which is the case in the majority of destinations as fishing tends to be based on 2 anglers to 1 guide. However if you are lucky enough to be fishing alone what you do and how you fish is all up to you.
We’ll start with three rules of etiquette that are pretty well-known and used in many overseas destinations. However as normal these blogs are for discussion so I would love to hear your comments on the below or if you would like to add anything. Please feel free to add comments below.
- Don’t step in below anybody. This is the most basic rule. All fish are almost always facing upstream, and when you’re swinging flies you’re gradually working your fly down towards the fish’s face. If you step in below somebody you’re getting between the fish that they’re headed towards – basically you would be cutting them off from any fish below them. Enter a run at the top of the run, above the last other angler.
- Keep moving. We all move at different paces, and that’s OK. But everybody should be steadily moving downriver at roughly the same pace, because otherwise it’s really hard to maintain adequate spacing between anglers which is very important. Small differences and delays are OK, however big delays causes problems. For example if I’m taking 4 steps each cast and you’re taking just 3 thats fine, I just need to be patient and wait a little. If you get a small tangle in the middle of the run, fine I just wait while you untangle it and keep fishing. But if you blow 5 casts in a row and haven’t taken a step yet that’s not OK as people behind you will be backing up and running out of space. Its time to move on downstream a good few steps to get yourself sorted and allow anglers above you to keep fishing.
- If you hook a fish, you reel up and go back to the top of the run. Most people agree with this one but it is quite often the etiquette rule thats gets forgotten the most. If you’ve had a solid hookup regardless if you land or lose the fish, you give the water below you to the anglers behind you. (After all it is usually your fishing partner that you have travelled with and it makes for a better holiday if you both are catching fish) In general this only applies to a good solid hookup and not just a missed bite. Other people have the opinion that you only step out of the run if you land a fish, so what is your views on this one.
Its a very interesting topic so I would love to know what other points of etiquette do you believe in?
Anglers getting to close what do you think?
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