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General Talk / Re: Electric Bikes
« on: October 30, 2021, 10:36:37 AM »
If bikers would stay off mountain roads like where I live, with no shoulder, blind curves, wearing all black clothing, no lights on, in the early morning while driving into the sun, then I might listen to your suggestion about where I can ride a bike. Thanks.

Bit of false equivalency, don't you think?  "Eow, bicyclists do that so I should do this!"  Do it if yo want but don't try to justify it like that.

For Sale / [HELP] Pair of fly-fishing rods
« on: October 02, 2021, 03:40:37 PM »

A. 10'0" 5wt - SOLD

B. 10'0" 7wt - SOLD.

General Talk / Re: Anyone transporting Hobie kayak on a Prius?
« on: September 26, 2021, 02:03:21 PM »
If you can, contact BB2FISH on NWKA.  She transports two Hobie Revo's (an 11 and a 13) on her Prius.

General Talk / Re: Beach Rash
« on: September 24, 2021, 11:46:55 AM »
There's a lot of information about smoothing hull blemishes online, from simple to way complicated.

I've never tried the spoon method without heat, but I just added some rash to my hull and I'll definitely give it a try.  Thanks for that.

Use a big SS Spoon and rub it back and forth on the scratches it will smooth out most. It produces heat from the friction.

General Talk / Re: Why are pedal kayaks so heavy?
« on: September 24, 2021, 11:37:38 AM »
Sheesh tinker you left out the native propels?!

Hey!  It wasn't me!  I know why they're so heavy - they're all designed to be bass boats.  That's the fastest growing market segment.

Okay, I admit that center console in a Trident can feel confining until you're used to it being there.  On the other hand, you don't move around all that much on/in a kayak...

I just look at that seat on the T13 and think, "Gosh, that looks awful and so confining." I'm not claustrophobic, but you really seem married to your kayak in it, with very little room to move about on it once you're in the water. I have absolutely zero experience or weight behind this thought. I've never even been in one, and I've only kayaked a handful of times.

And I got rid of a pedal kayak because the Mirage drive, the Mirage drive mounts, the hole in the deck, and the Mirage drive fins all liked to snarl or capture or steal my fly line.  Plus the "it ain't really two-handed fishing if one hand is constantly on the rudder" thing.

Everything you mentioned as a downside to paddles has never become an issue for me.  I can move about quite well with one hand and a paddle.  I rest the paddle across my lap so it's always right there when I need it.  I rarely need to set the fly rod down.  In current, I start above the target and let it drift past, mending line as needed.

It's not totally unlike fishing from a driftboat.

But the best part might be times, like yesterday, when I'm positioned in 8-inches of water to make a cast to the fish over there in deeper water and I don't need to pull a drive unit and raise a rudder.  Or maybe it's just being able to buy two paddle kayaks for the price of one with pedals...  Hard to decide.   :smt003

We all have our preferences and preferences are like opinions (and bungholes).  I've tried both types of kayak propulsion systems and settled on the one that works best for me when fly-fishing.  Others' mileage will vary.


A paddle is also a pain as it's your sole means of locomotion, and you have to set it down to cast the fly and fish it effectively. I opted for a pedal kayak solely on this issue, as I only have to worry about wind drift, and residual pedal power and dont have to drop the paddle and pick up the rod, drop the rod and grab the paddle, drop the paddle and ... (you get the picture).

To move in response to wind, current, or impending obstacle requires the paddle - which means you have to set the rod down. You should make sure both your paddle and rod have a leash because the constant putting down/picking up is eventually going to spill one or the other over the side.


You mentioned the Mayfly.  I was pretty interested in them before they were released. After that, I could see they're covered with blingy-stuff that would snag a line, a leader, or a fly.  They don't appear to be a realistic fly-fishing platform.

I went through several kayaks before settling-in on my Trident 13, as much for it's simple, uncluttered deck as for any other of its other attributes.

Like ScottV, to whom I'll always yield the floor, I fly fish 100% of the time but 99.99% of the time it's from the T13.  I don't own a float tube (and now I feel deprived), but that brought up a good point someone once made about why one doesn't need to stand up to fly fish from a kayak: casting a fly from a seated position is much like fly-fishing from a float tube - and float tube fishing remains an extremely popular way to fish flat and skinny waters.

I've never seen a reason to stand up in a kayak to fish.  We aren't fishing the gulf coast flats after all, and here, you can glide right up to the fish without spooking them.  It's always a hoot when I'm casting over that-a-way then look down and see the fish right below me.

I have no trouble casting while seated, although it took a bit of practice before it felt natural.  Sixty feet is no problem and I haven't yet needed to cast further than that.

I have no problems with currents and a paddle.  My experience in my Hobie was needing to keep one hand on the rudder lever to keep it facing where I wanted it - drifting or pedaling.  The advantage just wasn't there for me, but as always, everyone's mileage will vary.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Switching FF btw boat and kayak
« on: September 13, 2021, 09:06:10 AM »
Water temp is a bit off but I dont care. Sonar and downscan works fine. I dont use 3D.

Just a note on temperatures with a water bath.  I took along an old mercury bulb thermometer for a several trips and found the temperature offset was always the same +/- a degree or two - for mine, the transducer read ~8 degrees warmer than the thermometer.  Gives me a pretty simple way to know the approximate surface water temperature.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: What brand of braid?
« on: September 13, 2021, 08:59:21 AM »
I never like PowerPro - any version.  It tends to catch the wind and I think that's because it's not completely round.  FireLine served me well, but the color coating wears off and after half a season, the end in the water would be white.  I've used Daiwa Samurai but didn't find anything about it was better than the less expensive Daiwa J-Braid.

Daiwa J-Braid 8 strand.

I don't fish those rivers and I don't know a damned thing about them but I fly-fish from a kayak and I know about that - and it's basically the same wherever you fish.

I had a Hobie and didn't like it for fly-fishing.  Although I never tangled the line in the flippers from outside the boat, stripped line was forever managing to drop through the opening for the Mirage drive and getting tangled up that way.

You could probably overcome that with something simple that would block the line form sliding into that opening.

It isn't hard to search this forum - and others - to find out what kayak(s) the cool kids are using.  Try it.  The problem is knowing whether those kayaks are a good fit for how and where you plan to fish.

There are some great fly-rod anglers on this forum, but not that many.  Read what they're saying in this forum topic because, one more time, what we do where we fish is directly applicable to where you plan to fish.  And consider asking the question differently, so folks who don't and may never fish the Northern Sacramento area can offer you some advice.

Introductions / Re: Intro/Saltwater Kayak Flyfishing
« on: September 01, 2021, 12:22:08 PM »
What do you want to know about it?  It's the only way I fish, and I can tell you just about anything you want to know - and a lot about it you don't yet know you want to know - but you can't just say "I want to talk about it" because I have no idea how to answer that.

General Talk / Re: Fish kill bags
« on: August 31, 2021, 03:01:56 AM »
My commercial buddy sent me this option...50$

And where does one find these bags?  That's always helpful...

Kayak Fly Fishing / Re: Picking up hitchhikers ocean style
« on: August 26, 2021, 04:45:38 AM »
And run like the Devil is on your tail if the wind is from the North.  All the beaches in the area face due South and it can be a struggle to get back to the sand in a north wind.  DAMHIK that.

Port Orford isn't a fishy place and a legal lingcod, much less a big one, is rare - I was shocked to see the size of that fish.  All of the rockfish we caught that day were little cookie-cutters, 13- to 13.5 inches long, and that's pretty much as large as we'd ever expect to see around here.

We got lucky and stumbled upon a school of rockfish loitering in the coves because Hell's Gate wasn't navigable that day.

I just passed through Port Orford on my way back to California and though it was windy, it sure looked like a beautiful place to be on the water. Any quick tips on where to fish close in? Tempted to bring a little SOT kayak on my next trip up that way in a couple months, and if so would be fish-finder-less.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: Which Fish Finder?
« on: August 24, 2021, 06:30:32 AM »
Have you tried looking for reviews and comparisons online?  Talked to anyone you know who owns one or the other?

I've owned all three that you've mentioned.  I'm pretty anal about my gear, still all three have failed at some point and two where replaced by the manufacturers.  The Helix 7 is the most recent - it went down in less than 30 days and the vendor will replace it (quicker to return it to the shop than to wait on Humminbird).

I no longer have the Lowrance.  I kept both of the Humminbirds.  All three work/worked fine out in the ocean.  Of the three, I liked the performance of the Humminbird Helix units better than that of the Lowrance, but that's purely my personal preference and has no real relevance to your decision. 

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