River Safety Rules

River Safety Rules
Moving water on a river is a powerful force of nature and should be respected by anglers wading these awesome water ways in search of their quarry. By following some simple guidelines, anglers can have an eventful day on the water while staying out of harms way.
 

Avoid High Water

Sudden rains, flash floods and snowmelt all cause rivers to raise quickly to the tops of their banks. Never step in moving water that is up or over the river banks as you can be swept away in an instant.

 
 

If You Cannot See Bottom...

Do not step there! That is a rule that has kept many a river angler safe for decades. Watch where your next step is going to be, making sure you can clearly see the river bottom at all times.

Wear Polarized Glasses

Polarized glasses cut down on the surface glare allowing you to see further in the water. This is the most important tool in your arsenal as it will help you avoid tripping over underwater obstructions such as rocks, stumps and logs.

Use a Wading Staff

Wading staffs are a great tool, especially on rivers with limited visibility and slippery bottoms. Use the staff to check the path ahead of you and as a support when dealing with heavy currents.

Wear The Proper Boots

Wading boots with the proper sole will help anglers grip slick river bottoms. Look for boots with felt soles or studded soles as these material work wonders by gripping slimy river rocks.

 

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Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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