I fish almost always alone. It's communion, unless I'm fishing with my son and then I focus on him and his fishing he's 9. It's more important he catch fish than me and brings us both great pleasure when he hooks a fish. So in short i fish alone almost always.
Great tale, I could sense your passion for the event while I read your story!
I only have trouble casting when I'm trying to force the issue. I've learned to not worry about catching any fish but to fish. Always remember they call it fishing not catching.
I fish alone a lot, when I'm fishing there is nothing on my mind, at least not that I can tell you if there is. If I do find my self thinking about anything other than the act of fishing, then whatever I'm pondering needs to be dealt with before I try to fish again.
I would say that 99.9 % of the time my mind is totally blank when I fish, I'm on auto pilot. How else could I explain running a hundred yards through rocks and logs sometimes having to hurdle them while trying to catch up to a Salmon who is desperately trying to reach the tidal pool and the safety of the sea? I certainly don't remember looking where I'm going I just go. I try to keep these trips to a minimum but it does happen sometimes when you get a big guy on who doesn't even think about going up river.
You can take a friend fishing with you, you can take a dog, but you should never take any troubles with you. I leave everything except my gear at the truck, it and the rest of the world will still be there when I return.
I've been saying that for a long time "Remember, they call it fishing, not catching" you can quote me on that.
About two years ago, I started having trouble finding a fishing partner-- my usual buddies started working longer hours, my son would rather stay up late playing computer games and sleep in, my wife went back to college, etc, etc. Rather than take up solitaire, I started fishing alone, and discovered that I prefer the solitude. Fewer distractions, no worries about how to graciously jump ahead of companions on the river, no complaints about choosing the wrong river at the wrong time, no dealing with the insufferable snobs often drawn to the sport, and no one to mind the cigar smoke. I am even able to have conversations with the river and trout without feeling too self-conscious. I have since become somewhat of a recluse, seeking out small mountain streams stewn with boulders and jungle-like foliage that require a 1 hour scramble to get into. I would much rather catch a 10" wild brown under these conditions with no other anglers seen all day than stand on the San Juan pulling in a succession of 20"'ers. (Although in the spirit of full disclosure, I have been fishing Alaska during September the past two years to satisfy these big trout urges.)
I fish alone because I simply love the solitude.... well, I pack a heater! LOL
I always take a tiny waterproof camera so I can take several pix of the wonderful time I'm having.
Most aren't as dedicated as I am. I fish until dark, sometimes much later, also in rain or cold.
Tonight, new years' eve, I'm watching all my wonderful fishing trips that I had this year. I put the pix on a dvd and watch on my HD Bigscreen! Even a 8" trout looks wonderful on a big screen.
Happy New Year...... my cyberfriends.
Spending time in the woods by myself has given me the keys to my sanity, and plugged me into the "real world", not the one "they" want us to believe in.
A little ripparian area in Kansas was my intro to nature, and relief.
Now I prowel the woods and waters of the west with a deep feeling of freedom, and joy.
Fly fishing is just a handy excuse for me to go outside. Sometimes, I don't even fish, just watch them and wonder.
The majority of the time I will generally fish alone. Partially because I enjoy the solitude, and I will often go on a whim. And sometimes it's just hard for my buddies and I to get together.
But, it's nice to sometimes have the company, especially for a second pair of hands to help out with the net or a camera. And it's nice to shoot the breeze afterwards and maybe have a brew while rigging down.