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).