Angling Safety Sheet

Here at Dalguise we want you to enjoy your fishing and return safely to the lodge at the end of your day.

Please read our angling safety advice for this beat below and stay safe!

Wading.

Pay attention when wading and seek our advice before wading if you are unsure.

Wear a life jacket. It should be worn over all other clothing at all times.

Ensure that your waders are in good condition and the soles are suitable for the type of river bed you will be wading on.

Use a wading staff.

Be constantly alert for changing water conditions.

Do not wade in a spate.

Take your time. Move deliberately and maintain a constant watch for changes in depth, boulders, loose gravel, underwater obstructions and shelving rocks.

If you do fall in to deep water, try to stay calm. Float on your back with your feet pointing downstream and use your hands to guide you into shallow water. If possible crawl back to the bank before attempting to empty your waders.

Avoid slips and falls.

Be especially careful on steep banks and where undergrowth obscures the ground. Look out for overhanging and unstable banks, deep mud, holes, slippery rocks and boulders.

Always wear a life jacket when fishing from the bank.

Wear appropriate footwear. Remember, felt-soled waders can be extremely dangerous on wet grass or on muddy banks.

Use a wading staff for support.

Don’t get hooked.

Always protect your eyes by wearing safety glasses or wrap-around sunglasses.

Wear suitable headgear to protect the ears and to provide further protection for the eyes.

When casting, pay attention to and make allowances for wind direction and strength.

Be conscious of the other river users; check behind and around you to ensure that your back cast is clear before making each cast.

Fishing alone.
When fishing alone, leave details with a responsible person of where you are going and when you expect to return. If you change your plans, make sure that the responsible person is advised.

Electricity Kills!
Contact or near contact with overhead cables must be avoided. Look out and up for overhead cables for assembling a rod and before fishing begins.

Carry rods parallel to the ground, never upright or over a shoulder.

Watch the weather.
Wear warm and waterproof clothing in cold weather.

Reflection from water intensifies the effects of the sun. Use sun protection and cover up in strong sunlight.
Don’t fish during a thunderstorm. Lay your rod down and don’t attempt to pick it up until the storm has passed.
Never attempt to step on ice at the side of the river or loch

Beware livestock.
Pay attention to signs warning of possible dangers such as electric fences.  Avoid attempting to re-direct livestock to their field, should the have gained access, instead alert the Ghillie to their presence.