Kayak Fly Fishing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Catching Fish

Kayak Fly Fishing: Everything You Need to Know to Start Catching Fish

by Ben Duchesney

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Overview

Kayak fishing is one of the fastest growing segments in the sport of fly fishing. In addition to getting you away from the bank and to unpressured water, they are stealthy, easily transported and stored, and modern boats offer a plethora of options for fresh- and saltwater anglers. This complete guide to fly fishing from a kayak thoroughly covers techniques, tackle, choosing the right boat and how to rig it, and strategies.

Fishing pros featured include Pat Cohen (upstate New York), Chris LeMessurier (Michigan), Juan Veruete (Pennsylvania), Drew Haerer, Brian Cadoret (Vermont), Casey Brunning (Louisiana), Conway Bowman (California)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780811717687
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 11/01/2017
Pages: 200
Sales rank: 615,123
Product dimensions: 7.20(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Ben Duchesney writes for Kayak Angler, Field and Stream, American Angler, and other publications including Bassin' Magazine and The Fly Fish Journal. He is the marketing manager for PostFlyBox, a company that sells flies direct to consumers on a subscription basis. He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments v

Introduction vii

Part 1 Getting Started 1

Chapter 1 Choosing the Right Boat 3

Sit-Insides vs. Sit-on-Tops 6

Ponds and Lakes 8

Rivers 14

Inshore and Ocean 19

Other Boats: Standup Paddleboards, Pedals, Inflatables, Motors, and Canoes 23

Chapter 2 Choosing the Right Gear 31

Fly Rods 36

Fly Reels, Lines, and Leaders 39

Outfitting and Rigging 46

The Kayak Crate 48

Go Minimal 50

Cameras 52

Electronics 52

Safety Gear 54

Safety Apparel 58

Paddles 62

Straight Shaft vs. Bent Shaft 64

High Angle vs. Low Angle 65

Paddle Features 65

Chapter 3 Paddle Strokes 69

Forward Stroke 69

Sweep Stroke 71

Draw Stroke 74

Kayak Fly-Fishing Paddle Strokes 75

Chapter 4 Casting 81

Basic Kayak Cast 83

More Kayak Casts 85

Line Management 85

Part 2 Hitting the Water 91

Chapter 5 Warmwater 93

Pond Hopping 95

Pro Tips for Fishing Small Ponds and Lakes 100

Warmwater Lakes and Reservoirs 108

Pro Tips for Fishing Bigger Lakes and Reservoirs 114

Warmwater Rivers 121

Pro Tips for Fishing Warmwater Rivers 125

Chapter 6 Coldwater 135

Coldwater Rivers 136

Pro Tips for Fishing Coldwater Rivers 140

Coldwater Lakes and Ponds 147

Pro Tips for Fishing Coldwater Lakes and Ponds 150

Chapter 7 Saltwater 157

Saltwater Flats 162

Pro Tips for Fishing Inshore 170

Deeper Water 178

Pro Tips for Deeper Water 178

Index 184

About the Author 190

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