Classic Video Tuesday Tip: How to Wade Safely


Written by: Tom Rosenbauer


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In today’s video Tuesday Tip from the Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center, we discuss safe wading practices. With many people fishing in very cold water over the winter, and with the upcoming runoff season, it’s a good time to review wading safety. (I know, it’s one of those boring but important topics and you’d rather have us give you some tips on where you can catch big fish right now and exactly how to do that. But I’ll save those subjects for Monahan.) If you’ve never done any serious wading, you should watch this video. And even if you have, it might be a good refresher—it’s not the last word on wading safety, but it will get you thinking.


Falling down in shallow water can be a real drag, as well as painful. But losing
your footing in deeper water can have dire consequences.
Photo courtesy Orvis Fly Fishing Learning Center

5 thoughts on “Classic Video Tuesday Tip: How to Wade Safely

  1. Matt Seymour

    Good short film. I wince when I see older fishers bucking the current without a wading staff. I’m 65 years old and not ashamed to say I’ve been using one for about 6-7 years. Finally, I think something a lot of older fishers could do to prevent spills in the current is get a lot more walking exercise. I’ve just lost about 35 lbs since the beginning of the season and it has markedly increased my steadiness in the current !

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  2. Tom Conigliaro

    Good points
    Additional thoughts :get trapped air out of waders;before wading stretch and bend to loosen up muscles

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  4. John Griffith

    Something that helps me a lot is to try and keep my knees slightly bent when wading. This lowers my center of gravity, enables me to react more quickly and fluidly when something unexpected happens. It also feels stealthier… Like I’m this fly fishing ninja, or maybe Jack Reacher goes fishing.

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