NOLS Blog

Browse by Category

Casting into Spring: Wilderness Medicine for Fly-Fishing

By Colleen Kelley on Jan 30, 2020
Photo courtesy of Oscar Manguy

If you’re in the northern hemisphere, you’ve probably noticed the sun setting a little bit later each day. As an avid fly-fisherman you might already be tying flies for the upcoming season. Even if you’ve never fly-fished before, NOLS Wilderness Medicine has advice for both beginners and experts so you can be prepared for the hobby’s common risks that are especially relevant in the early season. 

Read More

Topics: First Aid, fly fishing guide, fishing, NOLS Wilderness Medicine, Wilderness Medicine, spring, Illness and Injuries

7 Fishing First Aid Hazards (and What to Do)

By Ben Lerman on Jul 18, 2018
Photo courtesy of NOLS Alaska

You’re enjoying a beautiful day at your local fishing spot. Fish are rising everywhere and you’ve hooked three big brook trout already. But your day can easily take a turn if you accidentally walk through a patch of poison oak. Or get stung by a wasp. Or slip on the rocky shore.

Read More

Topics: First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, fishing, Wilderness Medicine, Illness and Injuries

What to Do When You Hook Yourself: Removing a Fishhook

By Ben Lerman on Mar 14, 2018
Photo by Brad Christensen

It's the first fair-weather Saturday of the month. Most people are sleeping in—but not you. It’s time to fish!

Typically, you fish a barbless fly because you know it's easier to get the hook out of the fish’s mouth, but today you and your buddy are trying to catch your limit for a fish-fry later. You choose an obnoxiously large streamer with the biggest, nastiest, barb you have in your fly-box.

Read More

Topics: First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, video, fishing, Wilderness Medicine, Illness and Injuries