It seems like every year it gets harder and harder for me to find complete solitude on the river.
Solitude is not a necessity for me by any means, but when I’m blessed with it, I find it does wonders for purifying my soul and improving my fishing game. Time seems to stand still when I’m in complete solitude on the water. Every fish I land with no one there to confirm it but me, seems to add further reward and satisfaction. There’s no competition from other anglers, it’s just me and the fish. This allows me to open my mind, think clearly, and get in a zone to fish at my best ability. I don’t care what pace I’m fishing or how much water I cover while I’m out. I just take one fish at a time, like I’m challenging each of them to a game of chess. But to be frank, it’s not even about winning or losing. It’s more about taking in the big picture and understanding why I’m out there in the first place; I love to fly fish.
Over the years I’ve developed a betting strategy I call the “Trifecta for Fishing Solitude”. Although gambling never offers us sure win bets, searching out and placing these three bets in order when possible, usually pays out plenty of solitude on the water.
Bet #1. Fish off the beatin path
Being lazy and choosing to fish water that’s easily accessible generally will bring you company instead of solitude in your fishing. Hiking into difficult terrain is great but you don’t always have to go that far. Sometimes all you have to do is search out stretches of water with steep banks/canyons, thick foliage or even spots where the road moves away from the stream. Fishing off the beatin path can offer you solitude even on some of the most heavily fished waters, so don’t overlook it.
Bet #2. Fish During Weekdays
Find time in your schedule when possible to go fishing on a week day when most people are stuck in the office working. I shy away from fishing the weekends since they allow everyone time off to go fishing. You’ll find angler numbers at there lowest levels during the week and solitude will follow.
Bet #3. Choose Nasty Weather Days to go Fishing
Only the die hard fishermen are willing to brave the elements during rainy/snowy, windy, and cold weather days. Most fishermen pass on bad weather days and this will increase your chances of finding solitude on the water. My buddies and I regularly plan week long trips to blue ribbon trout water during the coldest times of the year because we know most people aren’t willing to freeze there ass off and fight off freezing gear to catch fish. I also like to fish the day after a big rainstorm. Many places get blown out but some will remain fishable and you’ll find most fishermen will write the day off and stay at home. My favorite thing about fishing nasty weather days is often you won’t even have to fish off the beatin path. Many times you’ll find the best stretches of water that hold the biggest fish, will be void of fishermen.
Adopt this trifecta betting style if you’re looking to search out more fly fishing solitude. It works for me.
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