Fly fishing gives you the opportunity to truly be at one with nature. Unlike fishing off the shore or using a boat, you'll actually be standing thigh-deep in the water as you go through the relaxing rhythm of casting and retrieving. If you've done a little fly fishing but are ready to step up your game by booking a fly fishing trip, it's important that you don't overlook safety. While your guide will make sure that you're fishing in a safe part of the river, you also need to take responsibility to avoid slipping and hurting yourself. Here are some tips to keep in mind.

Carry A Wading Staff

A telescoping wading staff is an important piece of safety gear to hang from your belt or clip on your vest. Whenever you're ready to move to a new position, extend the staff and prod its end around the area that you'll be stepping. Doing so can reveal holes or loose rocks that could otherwise cause you to take a tumble. When it's time to actually move, from one rock to another, the staff can provide support for you.

Always Wear A Wading Belt

You might occasionally be tempted to carry less gear on your body, but you should never think of removing your wading belt. This bit fits snugly around your waist and is designed to limit the flow of water into your waders in the event that you fall. It can be very difficult to climb out of the river once your waders have filled up with water, which dramatically increases your risk of being pulled underwater. With a wading belt in place, you'll be able to easily get back to your feet — and, in many cases, continue safely fishing without even having to head to the shore to regroup.

Use A Wide Stance

Whether you're moving or standing still, it's best to adopt a wide stance to provide stability. When your feet are positioned closely together, it's too easy for a slippery rock or the rush of the water to knock you off balance and cause you to fall. A wide-legged stance lessens the risk of finding yourself in this predicament. You'll be able to find the stance width that suits you; in many cases, standing with your feet slightly greater than shoulder-distance apart is comfortable and provides a feeling of security. Extending your stance too wide can also make you feel uneasy on your feet.