The Best Fly Fishing Kayaks

The Best Fly Fishing Kayaks
Kayak designs have come a long way in the last decade. Gone are the tipsy crafts that anglers would never dream of fishing from. Now there are sit-on-top models designed specifically for fly-fishing anglers. These modern kayaks are stable watercrafts that provide all the accessories fly-fishing anglers need for a day on the water.

Emotion Kayaks Mojo Angler

Emotion Kayaks worked with Jim Snyder to design a kayak that would meet the needs of kayak anglers everywhere. The wider platform combined with hard chines provide stability while paddling and fighting that trophy fish. The raised seat provides a better angle to see into the water. With an adjustable center-storage console that includes a dry box, drink holder, GPS holder and rod holder, all this kayak needs is an angler and a paddle. Specifications: length, 12 feet, 4 inches; width, 31 inches; weight, 52 lbs. As of 2009, the suggested retail price is $799.99.

Old Town Dirigo 120 Angler

Old Town set out to redesign the Dirigo Angler series in order to decrease weight and increase strength. The result is a 10 percent reduction in weight thanks to the three-layer polyethelene material used to build the hull. The ergonomic Extrasport XtraComfort seat is adjustable on deck for an ache-free ride. Other features include a glove box hatch, adjustable foot braces, deck-mounted rod holder and built-in anchor system. Specifications: length, 12 feet; width, 27 inches; weight, 48 lbs. As of 2009, the suggested retail price is $939.

Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Angler

The Ocean Kayak Trident 11 Angler is a good choice for fly-fishing anglers who are looking for a maneuverable craft for still waters or slow-moving rivers. The wide hull on the Trident series provides the stability fly-fishing anglers need while casting a long line to wary trout. Adjustable foot braces and the Comfort Plus seat back allow for a comfortable day on the water. Additional features include a large bow hatch, two flush-mounted rod holders and a built-in tackle box. Specifications: length, 11 feet, 5 inches; width 30.5 inches; weight, 54 lbs. As of 2009, the suggested retail price is $909.


Article Written By Brian M. Kelly

Brian M. Kelly has been freelance writing since 2003. His work has been published in respected outdoor magazines such as Outdoor Life, Great Lakes Angler and Salmon Trout Steelheader. He holds an associate's degree in automated machine design from Macomb College.

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