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Fly Fishing from a Yak?

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I'm a shore fly fisherman, who thinking about venturing into yaks, and I have a couple of questions.

1. Is fly casting from a yak(sitting) much different from casting standing up? And do you lose much distance?

2. Is it possible to sight fish from a yak? I would think that it would be difficult since you are at water level.

3. Do most of you guys paddle and troll you flies? Or are you achored and casting? Or are you drifting and casting and if so do fish pull you into rocks and things?

 

Thanks for your help, and I apologize for somewhat elementary questions.

JB

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No reason for you to apologize. The questions your asking were similar to the ones I would've wanted to know about before I decided on buying a kayak. So here's some answers for you.

 

1. Casting from a yak is like wading in

water thats waist deep. You don't need

distance when casting from the yak.

Because the yak is so quiet that the

fish don't even know your there.

 

2. Most of us will paddle to a sand flat

jump off the yak and site fish while

wading.

 

3. Yes most of us do troll a fly. Once we

have found where the fish are then we

start to cast to that area. We can also

drift along the shoreline and cast as we

are drifting. As for using an anchor. You

could use it when fishing in water that

doesn't have much of a current. I

wouldn't use 1 if theres a fast moving

current. In fast moving current most of

us use a drift chute.

 

 

 

 

[This message has been edited by FLYRODDER (edited 03-12-2003).]

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I will second Flyrodder on casting. I suppose I do lose some distance but it's not much of an issue because you can get so much closer. I think most of us use a drift sock a lot more than an anchor. Trolling a fly is extremely effective because of the natural speed of the yak and the light turbulence that the fly swims in.

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Besides what Stan said. There are also options that will allow you to stand in a kayak and sight fish. The Emotion Fisherman has been design specifically for the fly fishing, catch and release, light tackle enthusiast. K

 

ayaks and fly fishing go hand in hand. The best part is that you get to access places nobody and I do mean nobody but kayak fishermen can get to. Lots of great places.

 

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[This message has been edited by JonS (edited 03-13-2003).]

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I agree with everything except that a drift sock in a fast current only serves to catch that current. Use a drift sock in windy conditions, not current situations.

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There are also options that will allow you to stand in a kayak and sight fish. The Emotion Fisherman has been design specifically for the fly fishing, catch and release, light tackle enthusiast fishermen can get to.

 

John, is the brand name "Emotion"? Where can I see this yak...Is that the one you had at the Somerset show? I can't seem to find anything under that name...thanx for the info!

 

 

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Lars, that model isn't out quite yet. It will be in mid April.

 

Emotion does have a site now. www.Emotionkayaks.com No pics though.

 

The one at the show (sand colored)was an Emotion Exhilarator.

 

email me if you want/need more info.

 

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[This message has been edited by JonS (edited 03-14-2003).]

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