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  1. #1
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    Dec 2008
    Chatham County, North Carolina

    Default The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Silence. Crisp, wintery silence. No, not exactly silence. Something better. Silence gently wrapped around the soothing white noise of an icy, tumbling mountain stream. Silence overlaid by the soft swish of a fly rod, the hushed whisper of line sliding through guides, the occasional rasp of a reel feeding a hungry cast. Silence attained by the crunch of boots in a blanket of snow and the sound of misty breath in cold air. Silence filled with subtle sound. Silence, then, not for the ears, but for the soul.

    The silence of a solitary fly fisherman.

    I don’t usually set out to fish alone, but I fish alone more often than not. It’s the result of my inclination to escape during the week, rather than weekends, and my habit of making spontaneous, last minute fishing plans. I typically ask a few folks if they’d care to join me, but I usually get the same lame excuse, something about working for a living. So I go alone, without regret, enjoying the silence of the road, soothed by the hiss of tires on roadway, the dull rush of wind over the windshield, the peaceful absence of radio, phone, television. Disconnecting from the electronic world, traveling toward the natural.

    As I get older, I make concessions in my solitary fishing. I fish in familiar, accessible places. I wade more conservatively. I leave a detailed map with the missus. But I do escape. The cell phone, a blessing in so many ways, blessedly does not work when I'm tucked away in the deep mountain streams. Spending hours disconnected, without the sound of another human voice, is a gift of its own sometimes. Hours without worrying about the news, the job, the bank account, all contrivances of man. Inner silence, quiet solitude.

    Today, a single pretty rainbow trout saved me from a skunking. With no witnesses, I could fudge that number, say I caught a dozen. But to what purpose? The number of fish caught doesn’t matter. The emersion in the natural order does. And a single fish for a single fisherman has a certain quiet symmetry. One is enough today.

    So I fished alone within the silent sound of a new year, the same silent sound of last year, and of countless years before, here on this ancient, chilly mountain stream. At peace with the silence, comforted by it, nurtured by it.

    The silence of a solitary fly fisherman.

    Last edited by Sep; 01-14-2010 at 03:20 PM.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2009
    Languedoc/near montpellier
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    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Always a great pleasure to see your pics and read your comments full of poetry and philosophy.This stream is wonderful...specially the third pic which made me many places to cast a fly...and I did it in my mind and imagined a trout rising where I expected it was....
    Thanks a lot Sep

  3. #3
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    May 2009
    Truckee, CA.
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    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Sep, beautifully done!
    I get the feeling the desire to be unaccompanied, isn't for the good of the group, but is good for individual. Maybe we would all benefit if more people learned to be alone, but not lonely. Thanks for the "water report".
    Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.


  4. #4
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    Jun 2009
    Berks, PA
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    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Very well put!

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    I have been on a stream alone and had deer and turkey walk up within 40 feet of where I am fishing. I actually love to be out fly fishing alone.
    Fly Fishing Artist
    Jonathon A. Waske

  7. #6
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    Mar 2008
    Pinedale, WY
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    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Sep: Very nice fishing report, I really like your photos of the stream and surrounding terrain! Looks like a great place to escape for a few hours.


  8. #7
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    Nov 2007
    Southeast Pennsylvania

    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    Nice story, and I enjoy that same feeling. I watch a lot of horror move, however, and you may not have been alone in those woods.....

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    Thanks for sharing Sep beautiful spot, and that fish looks great


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    Those pictures are why I love fly fishing a whole lot more than NASCAR.
    Life is not like a bowl of cherries. It's more like a jar of ghost peppers. What you eat today might burn your ass tomorrow...

  11. #10
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    Nov 2008
    Upper Mojave Desert

    Default Re: The Silence of a Solitary Fly Fisherman

    All very nice. I particularly liked "one is enough today".

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