The Ozark Angler suggests the following "rules of etiquette" to observe when fly fishing, especially when fishing among other anglers.
- A piece of water belongs to the person who fishes there first - don't intrude.
- If an angler is "resting the hole" do not jump in without first asking permission.
- Always back away or yield to an angler with a fish hooked up.
- Observe all property rights and stay below all high water marks.
- Never enter the stream in front of another fisherman.
- Never litter and always leave the area cleaner than you found it.
- Never use studded wading shoes because they damage the river. The aquatic insect life is very delicate so watch where you step when wading.
- Common sense always rules, so treat other fishermen with the same respect that you feel you are entitled.