Saturday, July 12, 2014

To Fish With or Without Someone??



I have never been one to shy away from fishing with anyone, who loves the sport as much as I do. Of course there are some of us who prefer to fish by themselves and when the opportunity presents the right situation I am one of those guys as well.  Let me explain, my Pelican boat is only 10 ft. in length and would easily hold two fishermen, but with both of us using fly rods it could get a little crowded. I bought this boat to fly fish from and have never used it any other way. It is the perfect boat for me to fly fish small lakes and ponds by myself. I do prefer a companion when fishing from my Bass Tracker along the 500 mile shoreline of Smith Lake, not only for the company but for security reasons as well.

The tailrace is a place I can fish most of the time alone, the guys I fish the lake with doesn’t fish for trout, their only interest is in the warm water fly fishing. I seldom fish the tailrace without seeing other individuals fly fishing there. Fishing with someone or fishing alone differently has it pros and cons. I am sure there are a lot of opinions as to why someone would rather go it alone on the water or always have a companion to tag along. What is your opinion?
Cash Miller Atkisson came into the world Thursday at 3 PM; mother and baby are doing well as is the rest of the family. His big brother Bryson and sister Laelyn are fascinated with this little guy. Pops and Meme will be keeping Cash company for a while until Mama gets back on her feet. Looks like I have another future fisherman in the making.
 

18 comments:

Pond Stalker said...

First off, Bill, and certainly most important is the congratulations that go with a new grandchild. Hope someday you will share some water with him.

You ask an interesting question in this post...................
Sometimes, when I am fishing by myself, I get more out of the day. Meaning I am more focused on what I am doing and my surroundings. Certainly doesn't mean I don't like going fishing with a friend or other family member, but, I don't immerse myself into the moment as well. For safety purposes, I actually prefer to have someone along a lot of times. Depends on the situation and where I am going to fish.

Howard said...

I've mostly always fished alone unless it was a fishing vacation for the wife and I. She seldom goes with me when I hit Clear Creek because her work hours or other things interest her more at the moment. I've reached the point where I don't enjoy it as much alone as I used to. I attribute that to advancing age, health and common sense.

Congrats on the new grandbaby Bill.

Brk Trt said...

Congrats on your "new" fishing buddy.
I can fish either way. When I'm fishing alone I seem to get more out of it probably because I slow the pace.

Daniel said...

What I can't wait for it to take my son fishing. AS for your question I prefer taking people new to the sport when ever I can.

penbayman said...

So happy for you and your family Bill..I sometimes do fish alone but much prefer having family or friends along. You see I'm not a hard core fisher-person. I love to fish but I really love using it as a reason for getting together with those people who mean a lot to me..building memories..If I don't catch something when I'm with my special people, I never feel like I've been skunked..

Lester Kish said...

That kid looks pretty "fishy". Better not share your favorite fishing spots! It won't be long 'til he beats you to the water.

Fishing? Usually alone. As I get closer to being over the hill, fewer of my friends can get up it. When I do fish with others, I spend less time fishing and more time fiddling with my camera. Watching others fish and catch is equally enjoyable, especially if they're having a good time.

Bill Trussell said...

Mel
I agree fishing alone tends to make us become more focus--love the new grandchild--thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Howard
I think much of us who are seasoned fisherman become less active on the water as we get older, me included. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Alan
Tailrace fishing is usually a loner for me, which is o.k. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Daniel
I hope you and your son get to spend many days on the water starting soon. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Pen
Fishing is one of the greatest ways for family to connect. Thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Lester
As I get older I too agree that it's not so much about the large number of fish one can catch, but the connection one makes with the surroundings. Can't wait to get Cash and Bryson out together---thanks for the comment

THE RIVER DAMSEL said...

Ahhh... sweet addition to the family. Congrats, Gramps! I probably fish half the time alone. Sometimes it's because of a last minute decision to get out to the water and not enough notice to a buddy. And sometimes, I just need the alone time. Safety wise, as I have posted... More and more, I am trying to get someone else to join me on my fishing trips. It really is the best scenario when going to new places especially. If you aren't familiar with the trails, terrain, or of fluctuating flows of a river... it's best to buddy up.

Bill Trussell said...

RD
I never fish the lake anymore by myself, I do fish the tailrace most of the time alone. Thanks for the comment

Mark said...

Congratulations on being a grandpa again!

Juan said...

Congratulations on the new grandson!

I fish alone and with others. I love fishing alone because it is more peaceful. plus I get to focus on my gear since i mostly fish with newbies and have to be showing them the ropes instead of focusing on my stuff. plus if you fish with others you have to talk to them, and sometimes I get tunnel vision while fishing and feel rude not talking.

Bill Trussell said...

RD
I agree security is a plus when fishing in a remote area. thanks for the comment

Bill Trussell said...

Juan
I tend to concentrate more on the trip when I am fishing alone, but I do like company at times. Thanks for the comment