kayak fly fishing

Kayak Fly Fishing

Kayak Fly Fishing by Sean O’Brien

When kayak fly fishing, you are truly at the mercy of the elements.  For the most part you are casting from a seated position, so line speed will be the determining factor in effective casting.  You will be using only the strength in your arms, rather than your legs and hips when standing or wading.  This will make a significant difference, and you will be forced to rely more on technique than strength.  We will investigate the techniques that have worked for this writer in a future post, where we can devote the time needed to this fundamental action.

Stability is a major  concern when you are fly fishing from a kayak. The assorted sit on top models available have been created with a wider base to allow for more stability and to allow the angler to stand safely.  There are a number of stability controls in place as well, and these vary from boat to boat and style to style.  This is just another reason why you should be testing multiple type and styles of watercraft before you make a decision, as the subtle differences can play a large role in how you are using the craft . We will look at different styles and types of angling kayaks in another article, because the landscape has grown so varied over the years, as the popularity of kayak fly fishing has soared.

Kayak Fly Fishing Gear

Gear is important to be able to managed in any and all situations when on the water.  This is no different with fly fishing, except you seem to have more gear.  Flies are everywhere on my kayak, and if (and when) I “go swimming”, I inevitably lose quite a few of them that I have hastily tucked away instead of using the systems I have put in place for dry storage. One of the reasons that this is so important when you are fly fishing from a kayak is that you seem to do much more leaning, and moving around overall than you would normally.  This obviously leads to many more opportunities to flip.  Standing, as mentioned above, is also more common when throwing flies, and as stable as these boats are becoming, they are still kayaks.  Standing increases your chances of taking a dip. One way to negate most of the risk of capsizing is to have a secure spot for everything you will need on a day to day basis, and make sure that you have waterproof storage as well.

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