Episode 230: Montana Outfitter Dave Kumlien on Safe Wading

Safe wading is rarely the first thought on a fly fisher’s mind as he or she plans for a day on the river. It should be.

In this episode, we interview Dave Kumlien, a Montana outfitter for 40 years, former fly shop owner, and former coordinator of Trout Unlimited’s Veteran Service Partnership. We start out this episode on safe wading by busting a few myths. Some of the common ideas about wading safely are patently false.

Just recently, an acquaintance of one of Dave’s friends lost her life while wading the Yellowstone River in Paradise Valley, Montana. She had a guide. And her husband and son watched her fall and get pulled under as she headed downriver. It’s critical to pay attention to your surroundings as you wade.


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One Reply to “Episode 230: Montana Outfitter Dave Kumlien on Safe Wading”

  1. Wow thanks for this podcast. Eye awakening for sure . I cant imagine watching your fishing partner struggling to climb out a difficult situation , being helpless to do anything and watch them drown. I think back to my younger days and how that could have been me . Luckily i was able to climb out of a very dangerous situation. Your guest brought up some very strong points when it comes to wading safety. The use of a wading staff is an essential piece of equipment that everyone who enters the water must have . I know that when you’re a young stud you feel that a wading staff is only for old people but that is a an immature thought process. Mistakes happen at any age truth fully more when we are young brave and invincible. Lord knows how do we survive.
    Thanks again guys for putting out a great informative podcast . God bless

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