After witnessing a nasty accident on the rocks recently I make no apologies for writing about fishing footwear and clothing again.

What some anglers fail to realise is that the wearing of bright clothing makes it much easier for the Search and Rescue helicopter crew to spot you should you be unfortunate enough to fall into or be swept into the sea. Government surplus Camo clothing might be cheaper to buy and look macho, but if you are lying on the rocks with a broken leg or being tossed about in the surf the interrupted pattern of the camouflage clothing will do its job and try to conceal your presence - and that ainít good!

It would be wrong to assume that, because a lot of my fishing is from the precipitous rocks and sharp edge slate gullies of Devon and Cornwall, the wearing of good quality hiking or climbing boots when "rock hopping" is a safety precaution limited to such areas.

Rock Hopping, or scrambling as some climbers call it, is a seaside skill which anglers born to these conditions instinctively allow for. They know that walking on wet, grass green weed is akin to walking on a sheet of ice, that leg breaking gullies are often concealed by bladder wrack weed.

Small brightly coloured rucksacks are the way to carry your tackle, so that if you are walking a narrow path or climbing hand over hand, that heavy shoulder bags do not swing and slip to upset your balance.
Whatever else you decide to wear, good boots are infinitely better than cheap trainers. Regard them as an essential part of your fishing equipment. Pay for waterproof boots with a good sole, Vibram make good soles often found on high quality boots.

Treat your boots with leather oil or dubbin if you want to keep them supple. Salt water will make leather feel like cardboard if your boots are allowed to dry without treating them. If your boots are made from heavy duty material, spray them with a waterproofing aerosol to keep them waterproof and looking good.