7 Tips for Safely Wading High-Water Trout Streams

7 Tips for Safely Wading High-Water Trout Streams
(Photo courtesy of Trouts Fly Fishing)

I've said it before and I'll say it again, just because the water is a little high and off-color, it doesn't mean the fish aren’t willing to bite. We'll talk more about fishing during runoff in another article very soon. For now, let's talk about how to safely wade a stream. After all, it doesn't matter if you have the perfect flies tied on and know exactly where/how to fish them, if you find yourself bobbing down the river after taking a wrong step.

The good news with fishing during high water is that you don't generally need to do a lot of wading. The fish are usually holding tight to the banks, seeking refuge from the heavy currents. There's a good chance you're going to catch the majority of your fish while your feet are on dry ground.

If you do find yourself having to get your feet wet, here are a few tips I recommend you put to use while waiting patiently for the water to recede and clear.

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