Carrying firearms while fishing

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Steve Vaughn, Nov 4, 2010.

  1. Steve Vaughn

    Steve Vaughn Member

    I've recently heard of or encountered fishermen who say they carry a gun with them while fishing. These have been fly fishermen on rivers. When I lived in Western NY (Rochester area) a guide friend of mine carried a 38, primarily to deal with coydogs in our area. He once rescued a guy who had been treed by dogs. I never considered it necessary but I'm new to this area. While living in Florida the past few years, there were times I encountered some scatchy folks while bass fishing in rural areas and then there were the snakes and gators. I have a couple of questions for the forum on this topic.

    How common do you think this practice is (in the lower 48)?
    What are the reasons to carry while fishing?
    What might be a good choice in sidearm, if one were so inclined?

  2. Dick Warnke

    Dick Warnke was Pram-Man

    As the man said to the young fella in "Lonesome Dove" I'd rather have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
  3. They come in handy when someone has take your favorite fishing hole as well :)
  4. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    I carry a gun with me everywhere I go besides to sleep and even then it's within arms reach. Call me paranoid, but after having worked in LE, I consider it being prepared. To each his own.
  5. Calvin1

    Calvin1 Member

    Must be November, the carrying guns while fishing thread is up again.
  6. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

    Yeah it's a yearly thread.

    I'll say this. If you carry know how to use it, and be willing to use it.
  7. Jim Riggins

    Jim Riggins Member

    I encountered two drunks on the EFL about a year ago while fishing with my daughter. I'm not bragging but my girls are very attractive. A few inappropriate comments from the two made us feel very creapy and her unsafe way up in the woods by ourselves. Sometimes I carry my 9mm. I work in an arm of law enforcement and have a concealed weapons permit and feel a little safer with it. I wear it tucked inside my waders. I think my friends think that I'm just happy to see them but with all the tweekers and other dirt bags I don't feel bad about bringing it along
  8. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

    LOL!!^^ I would think a .38 or 9mm would be fine for small critters (they make a scattergun type round in 9mm!!) and snakes. Ya might want to go a bit bigger for those 'hills have eyes' types that are in dem deep Florida back woods though..
  9. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

    I've never owned a gun in my life, but I'm within an inch of buying a small 9mm for many of the reasons already posted here.
  10. Do you guys open carry or conceal it?
  11. jumbo215

    jumbo215 Jasper hickman

    If im fishing anyware off the beaten path Ill cary my .44 on my wader belt, if in snake country Ill alternate hollowpoints with multiple bb's rounds. Im mostly concerned with coming back the truck to find some meth head digging through my gear. If im in a area with alot of people Ill use a glock 17 conceled inside my waders.
  12. AlaskanDan

    AlaskanDan Member

    I carry when I fish. I have carried in Alaska while fishing for bears, but down here I think I just feel a bit more comfortable knowing that I can defend myself if the situation arrises. I carry a small Taurus .45 ACP or my .44 Mag.
  13. stilly stalker

    stilly stalker Tuna sniffer

    I carry bear mace. Mostly for dogs. I have had a couple close bear encounters, and one cougar encounter that made me glad I had it, even though I didnt have to use it. I would potentially carry a sidearm if I owned one, especially in tweekerville. Seeing the bear mace spray on my backpack is a pretty good deterrant though. It has a 30 foot range
  14. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

    I conceal carry only, no need to get the sheeple in an up rise.
  15. steelydan

    steelydan Newb seeking wisdom

    I carry concealed all of the time for the reasons mentioned above.
    I carry open on a belt if I'm off the beaten path.
    I'm sure a bullet bucks a 20mph wind better than bear spray.
    Kahr PM9 9mm concealed.
    Taurus Ti 45acp revolver for open carry.
    Get your ccp and know what you're doing.
  16. wolverine

    wolverine Member

    Concealed carry permit. I always carry and keep it concealed. Around town its a mid sized 9mm auto. Outdoors my new carry is a Taurus Public Defender wheel gun that shoots 45 long Colt and 410 shot gun shells.
    If you do elect to carry, take the safety courses and practice a lot at a range. Safety first...
  17. Steve Vaughn

    Steve Vaughn Member

    Thanks everyone for you feedback. As for this being an annual thread - sorry. I tried to search old threads but apparently didn't use the right keywords because I couldn't find anything. I'm not sure I feel the need to carry yet but if I do it will be with plenty of training. I work with a lot of shooters that have offered to help.
  18. LD

    LD Active Member

    Sorry to disagree, but there is really not reason to carry a firearm fishing, imho. Born and raised in Montana and have hunted and been around guns since very young. Hand guns just not my cup of tea. If you want something to feel safe carry bear spray, if you want to be Clint carry a 44. Studies in Alaska and Montana have shown bear spray to be the most effective.
  19. Lugan

    Lugan Joe Streamer

    Here's where this thread will get confusing and likely end up inconclusive. (Queue replies citing how bear spray is not effective.) It happens every time this topic is raised.
  20. Peter Pancho

    Peter Pancho Active Member

    before/when you buy a gun, take the time to learn the Washington rules on firearms,pistols,etc. You will be surprised what Washington does and doesn't allow. This website is the best informative website to date for me:

    Please take the time to research the details,etc.
    Our laws on firearms are actually better than Texas and many others believe it or not.

    Be responsible and respond accordingly and not react.