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What Makes a Great Fly Fishing Kayak?By Juan Veruete

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Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak With Outriggers – Florida

Honestly, I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface as it relates to kayaks and their application in the world of fly fishing. There is more…. a lot more but what I’ve outlined provides some ground level attributes, design considerations and specific kayak models that should be on your mind as you are choosing a fly fishing kayak.

Paddling Performance - A good fly fishing kayak is more than just a fishing platform. You have to get to the fish to catch the fish. You also have to be able to get into position to make that perfect cast. Tracking, speed, maneuverability are all important considerations.

The Quest For The Ultimate Fly Fishing Kayak

Ed, I spent about 2 years asking myself this same question and researching everything I could about the top kayaks. At the top of my list were the Ride 135, Stealth 14, and Ultimate 14. As luck would have it I didn't end up with any of them. Instead I think I ended up with the ultimate fly fishing kayak, the Native Slayer 14.5.

I did demos of all three as well as the Jackson Cuda. They were all good boats with their strengths and weaknesses. For example, I liked the seat on the Ride. It was nice and comfortable. I didn't, however, like that I had to slide it back to stand. I liked the flat layout of the Stealth's cockpit and the nice hatches. However, I didn't like having a molded seat. I was really planning on going home with the Ultimate but a test drive quickly changed my mind. It was quickly apparent that the tunnel hull (which is evident on the inside as well) would be very uncomfortable for extended standing.

The biggest problem I found with every boat I considered is that they're not geared towards fly tying. Take the Cuda for example. It seemed like a great boat and came with 2 or 3 rod holders and other accessories. However, as you're aware, a fly line can snag on a gnat's hair. The ultimate goal was to find the cleanest boat I could with as few potential snags as possible. I believe I found it in the Slayer.

What do I like?

1) The high/low seat is very comfortable. It's like sitting in a lounge chair. In fact I've used it as a lounge chair on shore.
2) The cockpit is very clean with very few things to snag the line on.
3) Plenty of cargo space if you need it.
4) Very stable. I find I can easily shift from sitting to standing and I can pole for hours.
5) The wheel on the back makes transporting pretty darned easy.



What I don't like:

1) Having to buy scuppers for the bow/stern. Only the cockpit comes with them.

That's really about it. I've found very little to dislike.

There's been talk of the 2014 Slayer Propel but personally I think the drive will take a down a notch as a fly fishing platform. It'll be a big snag waiting to happen and you lose the high/low seat and shift to a slider like the Ride.

If you have any specific questions feel free to ask.

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Boatbuilder's Muse: Fly Fishing Kayak

This is just a few very interesting options on the market. There are a lot of great fly fishing suitable kayaks not mentioned here. If you have some boats that you think deserve to be on this page please leave some comments and tell us about them! Thanks

This is just a few very interesting options on the market. There are a lot of great fly fishing suitable kayaks not mentioned here. If you have some boats that you think deserve to be on this page please leave some comments and tell us about them! Thanks