Good Stream Etiquette: What It Means And How You Can Practice It

The way things worked before was that people learned about fishing and the other activities associated with this practice from people that they already knew and were related to. These people were able to teach the newbies about the basic etiquettes that are associated with fishing for trout and the like. However, the world has changed quite a bit in recent times and now pretty much anyone can learn about and enter the world of fishing, often without the requisite training that would teach them the proper way to behave in any particular situation.

Hence, it is important for people to define the appropriate kind of behavior that is expected when you are fishing in a particular spot so that it can become easier for the people that are new to this practice to learn about how they are supposed to behave when they are streamside and ready to fish. If you are new to fishing and want to learn some good streamside etiquette, here are some important things that you should keep in mind in order to keep the fishers around you as happy as possible:

  1. Don’t crowd anyone. If you see a fisher standing in a specific spot, don’t get too close to them and let them have their space. Fishing spots are distributed on a first come first served basis, and you need to deal with that if you want to be able to fish.
  2. If you are moving in a particular direction and you come upon a fisher that is standing still or moving slowly, move around them instead of making them get out of your way. You also have the right to stay still and have other people go around you.
  3. Did you know that fishers acknowledge right of way? Someone that is going upstream has the right of way, so people coming downstream will have to let them go in their chosen direction. Upstream movement causes less commotion than downstream movement, so if you are moving downstream you should make sure that you don’t spoil the potential catches that the people coming upstream could make by displacing the mineral deposits at the bottom of the stream.
  4. Some streams could potentially flow through someone’s personal property. If this is the case you might need to think about ways in which you can ensure that you do not end up making it difficult for them to get the privacy they need while they are on their own property.
  5. While there are legal limits that you will obviously have to follow, you should also use common sense and try to avoid getting to the limit as well. If there are lot of people fishing and they are all approaching or at the legal limit, the fish population will drastically begin to drop. This is why it is so important to look into potentially limiting the number of fish you catch and being sensible about it.