You could have a great adventure fly fishing with your dog, especially with one that loves the water. If your dog is well behaved and easily controlled, follow these tips for taking your dog along on your next fly fishing trip:
Accept that fly fishing is about more than catching fish. It’s a connection with nature and a time to sit back and reflect on your own thoughts. Fly fishing is not the type of trip you want to take along a dog that is overly hyper or prone to running off, but the type of dog that is equally satisfied with sharing those moments of quiet reflection with you.
Give Your Dog Some Time to Learn
Don’t expect to catch too many fish the first couple of times you take the dog out to the river. They are going to wonder if you are playing some new game of catch, they are going to want to swim, and they are going to want to run off into the woods after that squirrel. This is a learning process for you and him both, so don’t set your expectations too high the first couple of times out.
This is critical, especially at first. Being free from the restraints of your yard and the wireless pet containment system you have installed is going to give your dog wanderlust. This feeling will only be heightened by large groups of people. Remember that your dog and you do not have the luxury of the K9 fence to keep them safe, so it is better if it just keep it the two of you when fly fishing together.
Take the Dog’s Disposition into Consideration
Not all dogs are meant to pass quiet hours at the river with you. If your dog has a bad temperament or is not prone to following basic commands, you are better off to leave them at home. With some, it is their instincts that make them bad fishing companions. Labradors for example are enchanted with the water and will have a hard time in keeping out of the river and scaring the fish away.
Take Your Disposition into Consideration
Fly fishing with a dog requires more patience than usual. They are going to bark from time to time, and spook the fish away, and you need to be able to take that as a sign that this is just not your day. If you are too rigid in your fly fishing ways, then fly fishing with your dog is not going to work for you.