Fishing in snake country is pretty much inevitable. Rattlesnakes and copperheads, just to name two venomous snakes, pose a risk to fly fishers, depending on where you live, in late spring, summer, and early fall. In this episode, we recount a harrowing tale of a fly fisher in the eastern United States, bitten by a copperhead, and offer some basic advice for staying alert while on the river.
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3 Replies to “S4:E12 Fly Fishing in Snake Country”
Regarding a clean, dry, dressing for snakebite. As a former EMT and LEO, I seldom go anywhere without a small first aid kit. I have found that a Poise pad or other feminine hygiene pad works great for covering wounds that a Band-Aid can’t handle. In addition to being individually wrapped, they are super absorbent if bleeding is present. they can be held in place with tape, strap or belt, or the seemingly always present red bandanna.
Thanks, Joe, for a great tip! We appreciate it. I carry a small first-aid kid in my fly vest, but it never occurred to me to bring along a feminine hygiene pad. Super idea!
I love to listen to these when I am mowing my yard. I want to thank you for making me jump at every stick I saw, and almost scream when I was mowing under a tree and saw another “stick snake” at eye level. Snakes are the worst ;). Great advice on what to do though, there are probably still many out there that subscribe to the cut and suck method.
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