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PostPosted: July 26th, 2017, 4:34 pm 
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Posting this for Beginners, and a reminder for the experienced. Please feel free to post long standing unwritten rules, courtesy and general good behavior on the river. Let's keep it to the should/should not and leave experiences and complaints to the general forum. Have at and help educate!


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2017, 7:26 pm 
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Here's a good start.

http://www.orvis.com/news/fly-fishing/t ... etiquette/


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PostPosted: July 26th, 2017, 8:34 pm 
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When I run across someone that seems to horn in or crowd me , I either move or leave , even if the fishing is hot. Not the end of the world . I've run into many situations where the fella was just plain ignorant, didn't intentionally break our so called "unwritten " rules in the 50 years I've been drowning flies. I bit the bullet & adjusted accordingly.


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PostPosted: July 27th, 2017, 7:41 am 
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Here's my "unwritten rule" - I don't crowd strangers and don't expect them to crowd me. If I know you or we've struck up a conversation and seem to be getting along, we may fish right next to one another & share tips, share stories, alternate casts, etc.

Generally speaking, someone is "crowding" me if they're closer than a casting distance away (maybe a smudge more). On ponds and larger rivers, the distance is greater and on small rivers & streams, that distance is less.

I'm always respectful to other anglers (and people in general).

If I feel like someone's too close, I simply ask nicely that they move back. My subsequent reaction is entirely dependent on their reaction.

Not a fixed rule, but it's served me well.

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PostPosted: July 29th, 2017, 8:15 pm 
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I don't care how old you are, or how long you've fished...

Don't be a dink.



There will always be a few jerks. Just be a nice person and let the odd bad experience roll off your back.
I can say that I've actually been very happy with the vast majority of my steam side interactions that last few years.

It seems to me that just a brief friendly greeting can be disarming.


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PostPosted: July 30th, 2017, 5:47 am 
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I just had the same discussion with a Danish guy, at a Swedish Airport, that was fishing in Norway. A band of 6 folks overtook him on a spot where he was having success and crowded him out. Our conclusion was pretty simple....

1. Say hello

2. Ask whether they are working up or down.

3. Ask if they mind if you join them.

4. The guy in the water always has the right of way.

International fly fishing diplomacy. Seems pretty simple.

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PostPosted: August 4th, 2017, 5:29 pm 
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Puff, Puff, Pass

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PostPosted: August 9th, 2017, 1:03 pm 
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How about we don't expect anything from anybody? That way we are not disappointed when our expectations are not met.


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PostPosted: September 12th, 2017, 9:53 pm 
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I've got a few:

Remember that every piece of water has it's own etiquette set. That distance apart thing gets bigger as the water gets smaller and more remote.

If you are standing in the river and a boat is coming down, make it clear which way you are working -- if you cast into a run, the boat can see which way is behind you. If you don't, they can't tell which way is behind you.

When you are fishing small water without other folks and you see another fisherman, you should stop and chat, not just hopscotch. Things to ask, aside from how the fishing is going: Which way are you going? Which water have you fished already? How fast are you moving? What's a good landmark for me to jump back in the river? You work out a spot for you to get back in and leave the next couple hundred yards or more to the fisherman who was there first.

Number 1: Remember that you are truly blessed to be spending time standing in the river instead of working. Relax. That's why you're out.


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