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How to prepare for post-pandemic fishing
Photo: Todd Tanner

You love to fly fish. Which means that life is hard right now. And that’s especially true if you live someplace where you can’t get out on the water, or if you’re facing challenges you’ve never had to address in the past. So what can you do while you’re trying to stay safe and healthy? Here are a dozen suggestions that will help you get yourself ready for the all-clear signal, whether that happens in a week, a month or a year.

1 week only: Rent and watch the Fly Fishing Film Tour from your living room

F3T is partnering with Trout Unlimited to help raise money for conservation
Photo: Earl Harper

Warmer temperatures, sunshine and springtime mayfly hatches aren't the only thing that anglers begin to look forward to each year as the calendar turns and winter loosens its grip. This time of year is also when the Fly Fishing Film Tour (F3T) is usually in full swing, bringing some of the sport's best short films to small theaters, art and community centers, breweries, fly shops and so on throughout the country. But, with virtually the entire country under stay-at-home orders, a good chunk of this year's tour schedule has unfortunately been postponed.

Photo: Chad Shmukler

Last month, the CDC pulled an about-face on its masking guidelines surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. Though the agency initially indicated that masks were not necessary for the general public, since March the CDC has been recommending that individuals that expect to be out in their community in situations where normal social distancing guidelines are difficult to maintain—think trips to the grocery store, pharmacy or post office—wear masks to help reduce the risks of transmitting the coronavirus.

Fly fishing through a pandemic

In times of turmoil, should we even be talking about fly fishing?
Fly fishing—especially in remote locations like this one—can help us decompress and de-stress during these trying times, not to mention help us soak up much needed Vitamin D-fueling sunlight. But, if you head out, be sure to respect all social distancing measures recommended by local, regional and national authorities (photo: Chad Shmukler).

The world is changing all around us. March Madness was cancelled. The NBA season was suspended. So was the remainder of spring training and the beginning of the Major League Baseball season. Schools are closed. Grocery stores are having a hard time keeping goods on the shelves. (Good luck finding hand sanitizer or toilet paper.) Meanwhile, anything approaching a normal life has disappeared in Europe, where Italy and France are locked down and modern medical facilities are being overwhelmed by the global pandemic.

Winter surf fishing

Finding warm water fishing while winter still clings
Photo: Tom Hazelton

I needed to get out fishing. A February thaw was taking a bite out of the Northern Michigan snowpack. A wide sheet of water, recently roof-snow, hung in front of the office windows, glittering like a million falling diamonds in the unseasonable afternoon sun. A small river had cut a ravine through the hard-packed ice in the parking lot, and twisted into a dangerous-looking vortex over the storm drain.

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