Dianna, I have a variety of backwater crafts you and Ken can try. 2 SOT heritage kayaks (one 14'2" the other 16') a Kiwi Stealth catamaran SOT watercraft (a saltwater 46lb thrust 12v electic powered), and a Mokai (6hp 4stroke Honda powered jet driven). Pick your poison?
I like the Mokai best hands down for backwater fly fishing. Then the Stealth and the SOT kayaks a distant 3rd (one SOT even has inflateable sponsons for extreme stability).
The way I look at fishing is when I am out fishing I want to fish.......if I wanted exercise I would join a gym and enjoy the vastly superior view one gets in a college town's coed gym
Give me stability and it's own power any day over paddling distances just to have to paddle back again. And trust me....fly fishing from a yak or a canoe there are two types of people. Those who have gotten wet and those who are about to get wet. Wet entry is NO fun for people our age and extremely dangerous in some cases.How stealthy is fishing from a kayak while your screaming for help at passing boaters or watching hundreds of dollars of tackle sink to the bottom while your praying that you will not be following your tackles lead in a few more minutes?
Fly fishing should not be a life threatening event unless your spouse is carrying an excessive amount of life insurance ....if so then paddle on