Fly fishing from a kayak, canoe or inflatable opens up your options
Between hiking to access points, wading in swift water and our more active style of casting, we fly flingers often think of ourselves as pretty vigorous anglers. That said, it can be awfully nice to spend a summer day fly fishing while planted firmly on your backside—in a boat, that is.
Fly anglers have long had an affinity for small, self-propelled watercraft, including canoes, inflatables and, more recently, kayaks. Small boats are inexpensive to purchase, easy to store and they let you focus on fishing instead of fuel-line maintenance. Despite this simplicity, they also open up a lot of options, including water and species many powerboaters never see. However, fly fishing from a small boat does have a bit of a learning curve. Here are a few tips for success…