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Old 04-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Best Self-Propelled Watercraft for Fly fishing

Looking for a new toy, and there are too many options. I now have access to a couple of close by rivers and lakes (Duper, K3, and Mazonia) That I'd like to float and fly fish this summer and going forward.

So we have the usual suspects:
Belly Boat
Pontoon boat
Kayak
Canoe

I'm leaving off that Hobie Cat pedal powered one, because I'd like to stay under a $1,000.

Any advice based on:
Transportability:
Upgradeability (anchors, rod holders, etc.)
Maneuverability (in still and moving water)
Castability (how does it do as a casting platform, in still and moving water)
Miscellaneous advantages (things like, you can fit another person in a canoe)
Miscellaneous disadvantages

Honestly, I'm leaning towards a canoe because I can sit higher up when I'm casting, I can fit another person in it. I know it'll be a little less maneuverable with one person and it'll be the least transportable option. I'm also a bit more confident in finding a used or lower priced model that is in good shape.
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Old 04-05-2007, 04:55 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What kind of vehicle are you using to transport it?
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if you could find a used one i would 100% recommend a flat back canoe. put trolling motor on it or a small gas motor and you can go everywhere!!!
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The vehicle would be a Chevy Impala, so I'd be tossing it on the roof.

I didn't think about a flat backed canoe; I've been paddling my entire life, but I'll definitely check those out a swell.
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there is an nice 2 man canoe set up at dicks those things are pretty nice if you are looking for a canoe. they have built in seats and cup holders and lil tack boxs i think, i may be wrong. they are less then 600 and i think somewhere around $500
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I have a float tube and a canoe. I like both for different situations.

The float tube may be my favorite way to fish still water, but it is hard to find lakes and ponds that allow them in the Chicago area. Great to cast from, great maneuverability, convenient placement of all your gear, They usually fit in the back seat of a mid-size. Casting poppers to bass from my float tube is one of the great joys of summer.

The canoe is great when you have 2 people. It's a bit tricky to fly-fish from on moving water, someone's usually gotta paddle to keep the boat lined up correctly, while the other casts. But you can stop and get out to focus on the good spots. I bought mine used. I called a bunch of canoe rental outfits and one in Wisco was selling a bunch of their older Old Town Discoverys. Most were pretty beat up, but I found one in the bunch that was in good condition and got it for $300. Most of these rental places have a few boats to sell in the fall.

Good luck in your search. Hope we get some warm weather soon...

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Thanks for the info guys.... I'll let you know what I end up with, and how things go.
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Old 04-12-2007, 12:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
 
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js:

just received my llbean catalog and this kayak, while a bit more than 1k, certainly looks like a sweet fishing kayak-- it is the Prowler Angler 13 Sit-On-Top Kayak Deluxe Fishing Package

http://www.llbean.com/webapp/wcs/stores ... at=9001-tn

good luck with your purchase,
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