Bentley Launches it’s First Fishing Cars Especially for Fly Fishermen
Fishing Cars by Debbie Kay
There are many different things you need to consider when you are in the market for a new or used car. Family, pets, hobbies and local weather are four major considerations that will narrow down your car choices. Until now, there hasn’t been fishing cars that have stood out just for the options they offer fishermen.
If you have a few extra hundred thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket, you may want to check out the latest upgrade to the Bentley Bentayga. This special edition fishing car, geared especially for fly fisherman, has a number of different features created specifically to assist fly fishermen. The upgrade includes a custom leather, wood and aluminum storage box the size of the trunk that contains four cylinders for fly rods and drawers for flies. This upgrade adds about $100,000 to the cost of the quarter-million dollar car.
Options on Fishing Cars
If you’re saving that money to buy something else, like a house (or your dream fishing boat?), there are a lot of other choices as well. There are several different features that can make an excellent car for whatever kind of fishing that you love. These include:
- All-Wheel Drive or 4WD: The ability to reach remote locales can up your fishing game. This can mean driving on dirt roads, logging roads and off-road altogether. Having four wheel drive or all-wheel drive can make a big difference.
- Storage: The ability to have enough room for your gear is clearly necessary when fishing. However, it’s nice to be able to store wet items without worrying about damage to upholstery or carpeting. This can be accomplished with an SUV with a rubber mat in the back, a station wagon with a waterproof barrier or a pickup truck.
- Tow Capacity: If you fish with a boat, the ability to tow is important as well. Make sure your tow load is enough for your trailered boat, not just the weight of the boat. Diesels are known for their tow capacity, though a gas engine with a V8 or higher can do the same.
Car Features to Avoid
On the flipside, there are also a number of cars with features that can land you in trouble if you try to push them too hard. Though they can do in a pinch, they’re far from perfect. These features include:
- Low Clearance: A car with a low clearance can easily get stuck if you’re parking anywhere but a lot.
- Limited Storage: Economy cars like smart cars are great for fuel efficiency, but they don’t offer much space for anything but a collapsible rod and a small tackle box. Roof racks are a possible solution, but they don’t fit on every kind of vehicle.
- Perfect Condition: A car with a pristine paint job and interior won’t necessarily remain in such good condition the day after a fishing trip. A paint job won’t stay perfect after a drive down a brushy road. Make sure you’re willing to accept that in whatever car you bring fishing.
Still not sure? Find fishermen who are driving your possible fishing cars at public sites, and ask them what they think. What’s your go-to car for fishing cars? Leave us a comment below.