Preventing the spread of Aquatic Invasive Species is everyone’s responsibility… It’s easy for each of us to be part of the solution.
Invasive Species Cleaning Procedures for Fishing
Spring is here and with it we are all eager to hit our favorite stream or river. As you venture out be safe and most importantly have fun!
Please take a minute to educate yourself on the threat of Aquatic Invasive Species / Aquatic Nuisance Species to our streams and rivers. This threat continues to persist and likely will Ad infinitum. Please educate yourself about how to prevent their spread then take action to ensure you and your friends aren’t part of the problem.
Some great resources are found throughout the web and here are a few of our favorites:
Aquatic Nuisance Species Task Force
Didymo in Virginia
Clean Angling Coalition – Take the Clean Angling Pledge while you’re there
FWS- Aquatic Invasive Species
USDA – Invasive Species
If you are reading this and are registered for one of our On-the-Stream Schools please take steps to ensure your gear is clean prior to arriving at the school. As of today, 3-28-2014, felt soles are legal in Virginia. They are illegal in Maryland (Potomac River).
How do you clean your gear? Read Harry’s article on Cleaning and Disinfecting your Fly Fishing Gear or listen to his Podcast on Aquatic Invasive Species.
Streamside Etiquette for the fly fisher – Spring Fly Fishing in the Shenandoah Valley means Smallmouth Bass, Rainbow Trout, Brown Trout and Brook Trout!!! Hopefully you can find time to chase one of these species in the very near future. If not, at least go outside and feel the sun and breeze on your face.
A quick note on stream side fishing etiquette: As you venture out, please remember you probably will not be alone. Be Nice!! Courtesy on a mountain trout streams means starting upstream from someone who is fishing by at least 150 yards in the Spring (200 yards or more in the Summer and Fall). Courtesy on a stocked trout streams means take time to figure out which direction the other angler is headed and leave 200 feet for them to fish. Courtesy on the Shenandoah River if you are floating means avoiding wading anglers – move to the other side of the river or at least stop prior to an angler and wait until they are finished fishing a run you need to float through. On the Shenandoah River, wading or floating, give each other several hundred feet to fish unspoiled water. Kids love to throw rocks and splash and carry on so give them room if you can and hopefully they return the favor. Remember, everyone wants to have fun out there.
Don’t hesitate to say hello to fellow anglers and river users, you might make a new friend or learn something or be able to offer a friendly suggestion to improve their fishing.
Quick Tip: De-barbing a Fly from Murray’s Fly Shop on Vimeo.
Quick Fly Fishing Tip: De-barbing your Fly – Learn to De-barb your flies. Many streams and regions throughout fishing country require the use of Barbless Flies. This is a simple process and when done correctly will aid in reducing the mortality of released fish. Barbless flies decrease the amount of time a fish needs to be handled before being returned to the water. Along with shorter return to water times, the amount of trauma caused by properly or foul hooked fish is greatly diminished with Barbless Flies. And alas, when you accidentally drop your backcast in the wind, that impaled object (aka. “your fly”) comes out of your fishing buddy, or you, much easier. An often asked question: Why don’t we just tie flies on barbless hooks? Many of the barbless hooks available on the market today are a bit on the weak side. We, along with much of the industry, tie our flies on strong hooks which tend to come barbed.