Tip – River Etiquette

Since this is the time of year when we are supposed to focus on being nice rather than naughty, we bring you some basic river etiquette tips from Orvis’ Tom Rosenbauer.

In addition to these tips consider the following:

  • If the river is crowded and you’re trying to find a spot to squeeze in, try make sure you are at least far enough away from the nearest angler that you can just barely cast to them.
  • High-holing is demonstrated in the video, but low-holing is also an issue, especially if steelhead fishing or fishing downstream on any river. Jump a few holes either upstream or downstream to give your fellow angler enough room to enjoy fishing, too.
  • Leave it better than you found it. If you see trash, especially fishing-related trash like spent flies or leader/tippet material, pick it up and haul it out. Great products exist for just such an occasion like fishpond’s PIOPOD.
  • This tip is just as much for your fellow angler as for the fish. KeepEmWet is a great way to ensure that other anglers can have a chance at catching that same fish next time.

What other tips do you have? I’m sure there are many out there that we can all follow to make everyone’s fishing experience the best it can be. Have fun fishing!