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Old 07-14-2010, 08:44 AM
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Always good to be reminded:

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Old 07-14-2010, 09:19 AM
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Thanks for sharing, it is always wise to remember the safety basics when wading.

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Old 07-14-2010, 10:48 AM
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Excellent article, thanks for sharing. As my life has progressed and my health deteriorated a bit (bad hip and ankle) I am never on any water without my wading staff. To me, my staff is currently my most important piece of equipment. Without my staff I may as well stay in the car.

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Good article. However, I'd add a couple points:
  • Always wear a PFD. Waist-belt types work well for wading, as they have a small "footprint".
  • Watermark makes a great - and unique - net retractor, which works well as a safety tether for a fly rod. What's unique about it is that it has a slide switch which locks the amount of line it has out, so when used as a rod tether, the line is not under tension, which obviously would hamper fly rod casting. All it takes is attaching a bit of Velcro strap to the business end of the retractor's line so that you can easily attach it to the rod butt (or ahead of the reel seat - whatever).
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Excellent article, thanks for sharing. As my life has progressed and my health deteriorated a bit (bad hip and ankle) I am never on any water without my wading staff. To me, my staff is currently my most important piece of equipment. Without my staff I may as well stay in the car.

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I can't stress enough, learn how to swim with your waders full of water. This happened to me yesterday in a relatively mild shallow river. Twisted my ankle on a rock and got swept down into a pool about 7 feet deep. Not pleasant, but knowing how to keep my head above water probably saved my life.
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OMG! Man so glad you made it through! Been there also, only for me, it was the end of November in Idaho...Brrrrrrrrrr
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Just a lesson for others I hope. Even the mildest, shallowest rivers have their deep spots and can put you in places you don't want to go.

Re-reading my post seems a little overly dramatic. I was never in a whole lot of danger. But that is only because I'm a competent swimmer.
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