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Kayak Fly Fishing Tips

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The beauty of angling is that there are so many different types of fish that can be caught and different methods that can be used to do so. While some anglers enjoy the peaceful tranquility of trolling from their kayak, others love the adrenaline rush of battling it out with with a huge saltwater fish. Then there is the special breed of anglers who prefer the pure thrill of fly fishing.

Sponsored Post: Most people associate fly fishing with anglers who stand in streams wearing chest-high waders, but there's no reason why it cannot be done from a kayak. Of course, fly fishing from a kayak requires a few more precautions if you want to accomplish success and stay dry. With fly fishing, proper line management is very important, and the right tools will make the task much easier.

Pick A Stable Kayak

This goes without saying, but if you are planning on fly fishing from a kayak you are going to need one that offers you plenty of stability. It is possible to cast from a seated position, but for the best results you are going to want to be able to stand up while casting. This means a kayak that is stable enough to allow you to stand and cast as well as the ability to maintain your balance. The first can be accomplished by doing a bit of research before buying your kayak, but the latter only comes from practice. Optional extras, such as a stand-assist strap, can also help to make things somewhat easier.

Don't Get Snagged

One of the things that can easily trip up fly fisherman who are not used to casting from a kayak is getting the line caught on something in the kayak. To decrease the odds of this happening, it is important to keep your kayak as clutter free as possible. Some anglers prefer making use of a stripping basket or stripping mat for all the extra fly line to prevent snags. It is also a good idea to keep all your essential gear tethered to your vest or PFD instead of leaving everything scattered around the kayak. Since the type of rod holders found on fishing kayaks are generally designed for bait-casting or spinning rods, you may also need to invest in after market rod holders that are specifically designed for your fly rods if you don't way them to lay around on the deck too. 

Use The Right Gear

Fly fishing not only requires a different approach compared to normal angling, but also special gear. Make sure that you have the right equipment before heading out in your kayak. Typically, you will need a fly rod, fly lines, fly reel and, of course, flies. Then you obviously also need the correct size, shape, material and color fly fishing leader and tippet. One piece of gear that is often overlooked is a quality pair of line nippers, which is a mistake that can be damaging for your teeth in the long run. It is for this reason that something like The FreeHander, which is one of the newest angling innovations by Gerber, comes highly recommended.

What Gerber did was to examine the familiar line nipper design and improving it in every way that they could. The result is a tool that is more than just a nipper, but that can also manage lines or lure exchange in real time. This is very beneficial when fly fishing as it helps to make your life a lot easier, while also cutting down on the amount of gear you have to lug around with you. The best feature of the FreeHander is the pivoting retention clip, that Gerber dubbed SuperVise Tech™. It cinches the line during lure exchanges, which means less risk of mishaps occurring. This pivoting line cutter even has a tether point built into it, so swiveling the tool in whatever direction you need to doesn't require any strain. In addition, Gerber has opted for a wide paddle design to ensure maximum contact between you and the FreeHander, giving you greater control even when working with thin line or in unpredictable conditions. 

Switching out flies or tying on new ones can be very tricky when wading around in water, never mind when you are in a moving kayak, so the FreeHander can come in very handy, pun intended. If you were ever in the position of having to bite down on your line or tippet while tying your knots, then you'll love the FreeHander. The fact that this tool makes use of exchangeable cutters also means it will last you a long time. Since it is such a versatile tool, it remains useful for any type of angling situation, not just fly fishing.

Over To You

What are your thoughts on fly fishing from a kayak? Have you tried it and what techniques worked the best for you? Please let us know in the comments or in our forums. 

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Last modified on Thursday, 06 September 2018 07:58
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