Imagine this: It’s the end of the week, and you’re trying to get a crew together to hit the water this weekend, but all your friends are busy with family, significant others or work. So you’re going to have to go it alone this weekend. Here are a few tips to get the most out of your alone time on the water and do it safely!
Tell Someone Where You are Going
When you’re heading out make sure to let a few people know where you intend to fish and how long you mean to be out. This will accomplish 2 things: first, you get to brag to everyone who can’t join you about this awesome trip you have lined up, and secondly, you don’t have to worry if you get stuck out of phone service and something unfortunate happens.
Save the Area You are Fishing in Google Maps
Google Maps has this sweet feature where you can download a region’s map to view and navigate even when you are not connected to the internet. This tool can be a lifesaver if you get turned around or lost. Quickly navigate back to your car and hike farther with confidence!
Bring a Book
The best part about fishing by yourself is that you are on your own time. If you want to sit down and chill after crushing fish all morning, do it. There’s no one around to judge you. Sit back, kick your feet up and read your favorite Norman Maclean novella (you know which one).
Work on Your Cast
With nobody else around, it’s a perfect time to work on your casting or try some new techniques. Figure out your roll cast and double haul while nary a soul is around to watch you and pass judgment.
Get Your Story Together
Since no one is around to see, the-one-that-got-away can be as big and bad as your imagination wants. Turn that 14-inch rainbow into a 28-inch cut-rain-brown and no one can prove you wrong!
Take a minute to remind yourself where you are and how awesome it is to be out in nature by yourself. Listen to the sounds, smell the air, feel the gravel beneath your feet and fish. Fish hard, because, hey, no one is around to slow you down!
Dan Zazworsky’s passion is sharing his love of fly fishing with anyone that will listen, read or watch. You can find him exploring new waters every day while chasing any fish that will eat a fly!
If you need a map when you go fishing you need help.
Personally, I switched to a GPS watch and saved Google Maps. But I think any wilderness expert would argue that a map is something you should always have. In inclement weather or emergency situations its imperative to know where you are to either find help or get yourself out of the situation. I had it happen when a buddy got stung by a swarm of bees and had to be rushed to the hospital, and our map was incredibly necessary to get out of the gorge we were fishing quickly.