Fly Fishing Injuries: How to Recover and Avoid

Fly fishing is an involved sport—the motion of casting back and forth, using both arms to double haul usually, can be taxing on the body. Trips using larger weighted rods, like 9s and above, can leave you feeling sore the next day.

The motion of fly casting often affects the elbow and shoulder. So how can you take steps to prevent tennis elbow, rotator cuff muscle strains, or even extreme stiffness and soreness?

We’ve detailed some tips below for preventative care and post-fishing care.

  1. Strength maintenance

The best way to prevent injuries is to build up the muscle around the shoulder. There are a number of shoulder exercises you can do, like lifting weights or pulling rubber bands made for exercise.

  1. Don’t overuse

Try to put down the fly rod for spells. If you’re one of the lucky few that get to fish a few times a week—it’s going to be a hard ask to get you to give it a rest. But, it’s important not to overuse your muscles, and putting your rod in its case is sometimes the best preventative medicine.

  1. Hydrate

 Stay hydrated in order to keep your muscles working at their best. Use electrolyte enhanced water or packs like the Mossy Oak Recovery Fuel to help keep your muscles in top shape during and after a long day of fishing.

Regardless of what you’re fishing for—from mountain stream brookies to Florida tarpon, the motion of fly casting can wear out your arm. Stay healthy and energized with Mossy Oak Wellness fuel. Whether you need energy, immune support, recovery fuel, or additional focus for your fly tying nights, Mossy Oak Wellness is here to help.