4 expert tips for fly-fishing from canoes and kayaks

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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 bottom—in a boat, that is.

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Fly anglers have long had an affinity for small, self-propelled watercraft, including canoes, inflatables and, more recently, kayaks. Small boats are inexpensive and easy to store, and they let you focus on fishing instead of fuel-line maintenance. 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…