I second this. Been using a pole mate for years and it's extremely helpful. Beats putting the pole between your legs. Not sure why it's $58 on eBay, I usually order it straight from the website and it's $38.I fish solo a lot too, and put a yeti up on the bow and fill with water to help even out the weight a little. Then I keep my fly rod in a stripping bucket with the line already stripped out in it next to me. I have one of these belt push pole holders and it helps a lot.
When I fish solo I’m fishing off bow from a yeti cooler that I replaced my casting platform with. Generally fly fishing and did not loose too much on visiblity. When I have a fellow angler I fish lite spinning reel underhand from poling platform and switch off throughout the day. Great way to be versatile and enjoy both fly / conventional fishingI fish solo most of the time and looking for any tips best practice for sight fishing from the poling platform. Thanks in advance.