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Floyds Fork Surprise

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Floyds Fork Surprise Photograph by Adam Hayes

This past weekend Adam and I decided to fish Floyds Fork a tributary of the Salt River. Joining us was Adams buddy Kevin who had never fished from a kayak before. Our last time on the Fork wasn’t our best trip of the year; but was filled with excitement, some lost gear, and the realization that an Ocean Kayak Trident 13 isn’t the most nimble kayak in tight spaces…


We met up at Miles Park unloaded the kayaks and dropped off my vehicle at the take out off Taylorsville Rd. I hooked Kevin up with a Red YUM Crawbug and after some quick tips and how to’s for our newest kayak angler we were off down Floyds Fork.

Everyone fished different colors and styles of lures, hopefully finding the pattern of the day. For the first half mile the gills were constantly harassing our soft plastics. Adam quickly broke the ice with a Rockbass that hit a small Rapala Countdown.


Our first set of white water Adam and Kevin decided to pull out and fish the many eddies and breaks caused by the submerged structure. I was downstream from the two and noticed Kevin fishing a stagnant pool to the left of the river. I laughed thinking he was just going to get his YUM Crawbug snagged in all the dead brush that typically piles up in those pools. Two casts later Kevin is yelling “Aww yeah I got one” and quickly pulling out a small Largemouth Bass. I didn’t pay much attention to it other than congratulating him on his first fish of the day. Two casts later Kevin is again yelling “Awww yeah I got another…” which quickly followed with “oh crap it’s a big one”. This Largemouth weighed in a little over 2.5 pounds. A very large bass for a creek that typically products 1 to 1.5 pound bass. After Kevin’s second bass in 4 casts everyone quickly switched over to a Red YUM Crawbug!


Here's a Rockbass that hit Adam's YUM Crawbug.


After switching to a Crawbug I managed to land my first Smallmouth, nothing for the record books but it got rid of my goose egg.

As you can tell from the following photos, the rain came down about an hour into our trip and didn't let up. Both Adam and Kevin were in shorts and freezing, a perfect example of why you shouldn't trust the weather channel and always pack some extra clothes. At one point I remember Kevin saying “There’s something wrong when you can see your breath when you’re wearing shorts and flip flops”.

At the half way point Kevin’s inexperience with kayaking started to take its toll and even his “Hot Yoga” moves didn't loosen up his back or cure his “yak butt”.


Everyone pushed though the rain and cold, with the warming power of having a “Fish On”.



The Diablo Paddlesports Chuphupacabra has quickly become my go to kayak while fishing the local creeks and rivers around Kentucky.  Stay tuned, I'll have a full review in a week or so.


The Crawbug did so well that day that I even managed to land a Channel Cat on it.


We ended our trip at the Taylorsville Road ramp, cold, wet, and tired; but happy that everyone caught fish, no one took a drink, and someone else caught the Yak Fishing bug.


About the Author: Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com and the Founder of YakSushi Media. He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of two little "Sushi's" and everyday tech ninja.

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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# Steve Cambron 2014-05-02 22:10
My friend and I, Tom Hall, wet-waded (cut offs & sneakers) this stream back in 1967 (we were 13?). Spin-cast reels and small Rapala's for smallmouth. Fond memories. Glad to know this fishery and water has survived.
# john deer 2014-07-09 00:04
sorry to tell you buddy but that "smallmouth" you caught was actually another species of fish that are common to floyds called a warmouth. that bass you buddy caught was a monster for that stream and im happy you gave floyds fork a try. good luck next time!!!

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