.......................  ......Fly Fishing Yellowstone National Park


Wading Trout Streams

Wading can be dangerous. Never wade when you question the water depth or
speed. Use the knee deep rule. Don't wade water over knee deep. Stop casting
when you move and look at the bottom ahead. Move slowly. There is no need to
rush. Everyone has to get used to wading the water. The more you wade, the
easier it is to do. It also takes some leg muscles if you do very much of it.
Climbing up and down and over rocks gives you legs a good workout. The water
resistance in the current and weight of the waders and boots will tire you out
until you get used to it. Never wade when you are tired. That is a huge mistake.
If you are tired and give out, and you have a problem such as slipping and
falling, you do not want to be tired.

Wear a wading belt tight around your waist. If you fall in the water, it will run
down into your waders filling them with water. Try standing up with your waders
full of water. The wading belt will keep your legs and waste from filling up with
water. I fell in the Madison River one time, just above the three dollar bridge. I
had a big rainbow on and was moving downstream with the trout wading when I
stepped off into a deep hole. I went completely under the water except for the
very top of my head. I have no idea how or even why I held the fly rod. I almost
didn't get up because the current carried me about ten yards downstream as I
fought to regain my footing.

I am totally convinced that if I did not have my wading belt on, I would have
drowned. The entire episode is on video tape. I will never forget it. It took every
ounce of energy I had. I should have dropped the rod and I didn't have any idea
why I didn't. When I caught on and got back up, it dawned on me that I still had
the fly rod and when I tightened the line, I found the trout was still on. It was a
solid eighteen inches long. A bridge full of vehicles also watched that little
episode. Angie was running the camera from a tripod and was screaming to the
top of her voice. She could not have possible helped me. I did a stupid thing,
wading in deep, swift water. I did one thing right that I think saved my life. I had
my wading belt on tight. From my waist up, I had a lot of water to deal with. I
don't think I could have handled the current if my pants legs filled up. Wading is
dangerous. Several anglers have died from mistakes. Many of them were below
dams but some of them were in other types of streams.


Copyright 2009 James Marsh