The importance of good wading.

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  1. floatinghat

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    "I'd say that strong wading helps, and that smart wading helps even more. Being a strong and smart wader is best."

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  2. fredaevans

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    Too true!

    If you really do have a balance problem (can't stand on one foot with your arms at your side, stand with one foot in front of another ..... for any of you that have been pulled over for a DUII stop you'll recognize the above) you may well have an inner ear problem. Contact a Ear/Nose/Throat Doctor and ask about getting a "VNG" test. :ray1:

    My balance is at a point that I actually walk with a bit of 'to the right' tilt early in the day. You'll learn to love hand rails going up/down a set of stairs too :rofl: at any time of the day.
     
  3. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    I finally drank enough whiskey Sat night to invite my Dad wade fishing for trout.
    He's 77, a little deconditioned, with not-so-hot balance.
    Oh yeah, and he's never waded before. Ever.

    So the next day I geared him up, put some studded felt guide boots on him, wrapped a strong wading belt around him for a handhold, gave him a staff, and in we went. He hung on to me, used the staff well, and managed to stay dry, even when I let go of him once in awhile.
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    He caught 3 nice SRC in two hours.
    He was very surprised at how challenging "just walking in a river" can be!
     
  4. yuhina

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    Good story! SpeySpaz

    This thread really get some opinions out, and that is really the spirit I like about this forum. Some misunderstanding and some sharing...

    Not sure if you guys are familiar with a sport called "creek climbing" it start from some point in the mid river, and go along the river all way up till reach the origin point of the river and summit the peak. It combine wading, rock climbing and swimming sometimes. You probably can not get tougher wading situation than this. If wading is not a skill. There won't be that many classes just for wading training.

    BTW, use stick or good studded shoes are just use another good tool to help you wade safely. It might make you looks old, but for safety's sake, who care. Every hikers know the importance of the hiking sticks. It's for real situation, not for training... wade with bare foot would be a better training. In his steelheading DVD, Lani Waller said " I am not getting up as quick as before, but I am still getting up. that's matters!"
     
  5. LisaMfly

    LisaMfly "Swing Flies, Be Happy."- Write 2 Fly-Fish

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    Thanks for the info Sue! I appreciate that. Very interesting stuff- good to know. Happy fishing! :beer2:
     
  6. SpeySpaz

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    a very good argument in favor of breast augmentation. got to get that CG up, for safety reasons, you know.
     
  7. sourdoughsmitty

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    In regards to all on this post we all operate in our own comfort zones, I have only the use of one eye(lazy eye) so no real depth or good balance I wear felts studs when i got em and i use a staff , yet the first thing I do on a run is look it over to see if I can fish it w/o wading the one real thing I have noticed since this sport reall took off in the last few years is that most people are in the water! before they even scout out their run or fish it , the lesson I got from the late Enos bradner when i was a kid is that most people wade where they should fish and fish where they should wade:D yesterday on the wenatchee was a clear case of this I watched as 2 guys went into the river and from my vantage point watched as their noisy wading scattered about 6 good fish that were holding by bridge abuttment.:beathead: I only did that once as a boy on the sky ---stepped into the water w/o looking and got knocked on my butt by a scared steelie:rofl:
    smitty
     
  8. floatinghat

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    "I have noticed since this sport reall took off in the last few years is that most people are in the water! before they even scout out their run or fish it"

    80/20 rule once again :)
     
  9. Verne

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    I agree, I believe many people wade where they should be fishing, the fish aren't all over against the far bank in most cases. I have waded out into riffles especially in the Kalama and scared fish that were lying in very shallow water, the same in the Cowlitz. It's a good idea to run your fly through the shallow riffle before you step out into it. Sometimes it is necesaary to wade in deep fast water and the ability to do so is valuable. For years I scoffed at people using wading sticks, but they seem a good thing when you get to a certain age. The biggest steelhead I ever caught on a fly took in water barely over knee deep.
     
  10. Brett Angel

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    Had a guy tell me the same thing last year, but of course I didn't listen. He stepped into the run no more than 5 minutes after me and landed a 35" steelhead about 2' from where I was standing. An eye opener for sure.
     
  11. surfnfish

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    Panhandle, if you manage to make it thru a few more decades, you'll understand being in your 60's isn't "being an old man" - I'm 60 now, and this morning I surfed for two hours in double overhead surf with 40 degree air and 52 degree water, and then spent the next several hours casting to rolling Chinook from my boat in tidewater.

    Some folks get old when their still young, and other folks remain young at heart and spirit throughout their entire life...
     
  12. nutsack angler

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    double overhead in oregon... get some!
     
  13. Matthew Gulbranson

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    Nice! I want to be doing that when I'm 60. I can't surf worth a shit, but at least I've caught a few steelhead and salmon!
     
  14. golfman65

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    Wading can be dramatically over rated...as well as dramatically under rated...

    I think too many guys wade to far out...they don't fish the water in close first, they don't take into account others around them...They wade out because they either don't have a clue or can't cast worth a damn....Those are the over rated ones..

    Fish the Thompson...fish the Y and some of the runs with big nasty snot covered rocks and then you'll learn really fast what good wading is and how important it can be....Most use aluminum cleats and staffs...and you still see swimmers...It's taken awhile for me to feel even a little confident out on some of that stuff and yet I marvel when seeing some of the older guys and where they stand...I am humbled...

    I agree it is a skill but one overlooked by many who assume it only means ruining good fishing water to improve their casting distance...
     
  15. SpeySpaz

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    agreed here too-
    I usually fish pressured waters, and I've found that a strategy of fishing from knee deep or less early in the day and only wading more aggressively once the fish move into deeper channel water (after being disturbed by boats or overeager waders), can really pay off.