Are you passionate about fishing? And you have decided to isolate yourself from a busy schedule of living modern society has imposed on you? It’s no surprise more and more people are deciding to do so, and return to living in nature.
Fishing is one of those hobbies or sports (depending on why you do it) that has the power to completely remove the stress you’ve been accumulating, the power to disconnect you from the material world and connect to the nature surrounding you. It’s not always about the catch, quite contrary, most people do it because of the feeling of ease, fishing brings.
Being surrounded by water is good for health
Scientists have discovered long ago how just looking at the water can make your mind still. Not a lot of hobbies or sports can do that. In stressful situations, when they are unable to fall asleep or become anxious, people often imagine water-related scenes – waves, a river, a waterfall to calm down, and while any stay in nature is good for mental as well as physical health, water has an additional beneficial effect on the human psyche. We connect nature with sports, even adrenaline, excitement, and exploration, but fishing and walking along the beach will not activate these same parts of the brain, on the contrary, it has a relaxing and calming effect.
Fly-fishing is one of the oldest methods of catching fish, which is what makes it so tempting and enjoyable. One needs skills to be good at it. And for this experience to be enjoyable, you need to find an adequate property. After all, you’ve decided to buy a piece of land, so it’s important to make sure you won’t be disappointed by your choice.
To help you choose the right type of property, we have put together a couple of important things to consider. Here 4 things to look for in a fly-fishing property.
How private would like your property to be? It’s an important question to ask yourself to narrow down your choices. Privacy can mean how isolated from the nearest settlements you would like the ranch to be, but it can also refer to the privacy of the waters (rivers and streams) flowing through your land. Not every state in the US has the same regulations regarding public access to the waters, which is why this factor can help you narrow down the choices you’ve been considering.
Some states have all their waters available for the public, regardless of where they are located. Depending on how you look at things it can be an advantage because you’ll have access to a lot more miles of waterway. No limitations. At the same time, for people who like to keep to themselves, it’s not an advantage, because another fisherman can walk by unannounced at any time. It might not be so comfortable to have people walking around your property or using its waters.
Other states have regulations that say, for example, a property owner owns a riverbed but not the water. Which would make it illegal for other fishermen to enter the waters inside the property. Without the owner’s permission, of course.
Check which regulations apply to which country and narrow down the property offers. Consulting specialized real estate companies like Harrigan Land might come in handy, regarding this issue.
2. Multiple types of water
Buying a property for fly-fishing means you plan to own it for a longer period of time, which also means you’ll be fishing a lot over there, especially if you move completely. It is exactly why you want to keep things interesting by having different types of water available. Not just access to a river, but also a stream would be great, maybe even a swamp. The more diverse your waters are, the more are the chances to try out other fishing styles.
Not every river offers the same potential for fishing too. So, consider which river you want your property to be located on, then choose those properties located at the best places for fly fishing. Like we wrote earlier, you want to keep things interesting.
Diversity also will keep fishing interesting and exciting. Moreover, it will give you an opportunity to perfect your skills. When we speak of diversity in terms of fishing, we mostly mean the type of fish that spawn in the area.
The ideal fly-fishing property would have many spawning “hot spots”. Research each of the properties you consider buying, to evaluate whether they’re worth buying or not.
Diversity can also refer to the game. Passionate fishermen are often passionate about hunting, too. If this is true to you, find out how many other game species can be found on your potential property.
4. A healthy ecosystem
Unfortunately, we live in times when pollution is at its peak. Finding a healthy ecosystem can be a challenge, but should be your top priority. One of the things that can give you a hint of the waters are clean enough is whether or how much they are used for irrigation of the surrounding land, for example.
In these areas, rivers are used for irrigation quite often, and when return to the river can be polluted. If a property has a lot of water pulled for irrigation, you may want to think twice about buying it. The quality of water will reflect on the quality of the fishery.
In the end, you should also ask yourself what do you want to see when you wake up in the morning? Is it the vast planes, or to be surrounded by trees? This question can help you decide on a particular state to search for a property in.
These are just the main four points to keep in mind when buying a place to enjoy nature and fly-fish. They’ll surely narrow down a huge offer of ranches around the country. Now all you have to do is find a broker, explain your expectations and find your ideal property.