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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Google sent me here so many times in response to my questions (as I tumble headlong into the spey rabbit hole) that I figured I'd better sign up and say hello!
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-03-2019, 11:23 PM
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Welcome home Lief. If you have a question, odds are the answers here.

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Thanks Sinktip,
My first question is regarding best practice i.e. ethics, etiquette and conservation. Perhaps there is an existing thread you can direct me to? If not I'd love to hear the communities thoughts on do's and don'ts while riverside. And most importantly tips for the timely and healthy release of fish as I didn't pick up the fly rod for carnage. I committed enough of that when I was younger hucking bait.
This is my first question because although I've picked up bits here and there I have yet to see any comprehensive "commandments" if you will.
Thanks in advance to all for your thoughtful responses.
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-04-2019, 10:42 AM
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Hi Lief and welcome to the Speypages
That is probably the best first question I have ever seen here on the Speypages !! Talk about owning up and being responsible, BRAVO !!

I don't think there is just one thread here describing river etiquette, there are many. If you do a "etiquette" search here, probably in the General Forum, you will see many threads come up. Ranging between "low holing" to "boat etiquette".

Same thing for fish handling, many threads will be found in the search function

My personal thoughts:

1. When approaching the river, look around before you step in. Another angler can be bankside re-rigging and planning to step back in. Crowding or low-holing is not cool.

2. I personally believe all rivers should be rotating, meaning all anglers start at the top of the run or pool and cast and step their way down through at a pace that allows for a cast and a swing to be made. No concrete shoes here !! This allows for the next angler in line to have room to step in and start his/her run through. Everybody gets to fish a run/pool this way

3. Treat other anglers with respect and dignity. In other words, treat someone as you would like to be treated.

4. Respect the environment and all it's inhabitants. We are guests in their home !!

5. Pinch your barbs. Safety for both you and the fish.

6. Keep all fish wet, focusing on the gills. Dry gills kill fish. Frozen gills kill fish. It would be like us running a marathon and then someone sticking your head underwater as you try to gasp for air.

7. Handle fish with the utmost care. Land fish in the water, do not beach fish. Sand in their gills will scar the organ and cause long term breathing issues for the fish. Landing fish in the water will protect them from bouncing on rocks. Rocks hurt fish, period. Use a net if you are alone or cannot control the fish when it is in close.

8. Share your whiskey with fellow river brothers and sisters

9. Do not let an illegal act go un-reported. Do not confront the individuals, just take note of details like license plates, boat registration numbers, time of day, description of individuals, etc.

10. Do not prolong the battle between you and the fish, be aggressive and exert appropriate pressure during the battle. Use tackle that is appropriate for the fish you are fishing for. Going to the river under-gunned is disrespectful to the fish. They deserve to be landed as quickly as possible to increase their chances for survival.


The above is my opinion. There are more thoughts and add-ons if you do a search


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Thanks for the sage advice Gr8lakes flyer.
Lowholing is a new term for me but it makes total sense. I must admit I did it to a guy on the Vedder a couple days ago I thought was done fishing. After 3 days of combat fishing with the bobber crowd I must have forgot my manners.
If you're out there buddy, I owe ya a cold one. Hell I got skunked all week anyway.
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Mike did an outstanding job of covering the high points.

I will admit that river etiquette is huge to me and there have been times where breaches have put me into a foul and violent mood. As I get older I try and be more accepting but while a worthy goal, I struggle with it. More often than not now I just reel in and walk away. Sometimes it is hard to do though. 😡

My top three guidelines are:

1) No low holing! Start at the top and follow people through. This includes not casting into another anglerís water from the other side of smaller rivers.

2) Step down. Just because you are first, doesnít mean you can homestead there. Step between every cast unless you have had a pull then it is acceptable to not for a cast or two but once you are satisfied the fish isnít coming back, double time it to get back on schedule. And if you are following someone and they are stepping down, donít crowd them.

3) If you hook a fish, be it you land it, you fight it and loose it or if it was simply on for a few moments, go to the back of the line. A grab with no stick does not apply but if it is hooked, yield the way to the next angler.

Three simple rules that if followed, would make everyoneís day more enjoyable.
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Excellent additions my brother
I'm a big fan of going to the back of the line after hooking or landing a fish.
Any angler that also follows those guidelines earns my respect and I make it a point to publicly commend them for it. I've been known to step out of the rotation to share a dram or two from my flask and gift a fly or two as well.

I have rescinded from my past confrontational attitudes and now simply make it a point to acknowledge the offending angler/s and try to educate. Not always effective, but for the most part people are receptive when spoken to calmly and without aggressive emotion.

My therapist says that my confrontational and aggressive past will not be completely overshadowed by my new outlook, however my efforts are noted ...


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