Fly Fishing and COVID-19

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Man on a sand flat fly fishing

Fly Fishing and COVID-19

Fly Fish­ing dur­ing the year of COVID-19, like every­thing else in our lives, will like­ly be dif­fer­ent than in past sea­sons.  What exact­ly that means, is yet to be deter­mined. 

Of course, you are “social dis­tanc­ing”  if you find your­self alone on a sand flat.

Here are some basic guidelines for safe fishing during the COVID-19 Crisis:
  • Stay home if you are sick, or show­ing or feel­ing any COVID-19 symp­toms, such as fever, cough­ing,
    and/or trou­bled breath­ing
  • Prac­tice social dis­tanc­ing by keep­ing at least six (6) feet of dis­tance between your­self and oth­ers. A good way to mea­sure this is with your fish­ing pole! Hold the pole straight out in front you. If you can turn in a cir­cle with­out hit­ting any­one, that is a safe dis­tance.
  • Avoid con­tact, such as shak­ing hands, hug­ging, or high-fives
  • Avoid touch­ing your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Wash hands often or use an alco­hol-based hand san­i­tiz­er with at least 60% alco­hol when soap and water are not avail­able
  • Avoid unnec­es­sary con­tact with sur­faces that are often touched, such as door­knobs and handrails.
  • Dri­ve to your fish­ing spots only with your imme­di­ate fam­i­ly mem­bers and only if every­one is feel­ing well.
  • Don’t share fish­ing gear with oth­ers. Each angler should have their own fish­ing gear (rod and reels, bait, lures, tow­els, pli­ers, and oth­er per­son­al items).

Fly Fishing and COVID-19

Cin­co de Mayo is the mark­er day for the stripers arrival in Barn­sta­ble Har­bor.  This year they’ll prob­a­bly show up even ear­li­er, after all, every­thing else has.  We shall see.  A lot is up in the air this sea­son…