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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. 

For Sale / Re: Tarpon 160i, Ocean Kayak Prowler 13
« on: August 22, 2021, 08:19:53 AM »
I have a NOS OEM Ocean Kayak seat for the Prowler if needed.  CHEAP.

Kevin, This is nothing new, and I will, by all means, do it.  This is how you fish for stripers 35 or 40 feet down on the east coast, their "Rockfish" named for similar reasons as ours. 40# mono is likely not thick enough to turn over heads that are 600 or 700 grains. .24mm is not at all thick.  Running lines float as well, for better control and ability to mend, which I certainly won't be needing to do. i have been fly fishing for 11 years :)   I mean, just tell everyone on the Spey pages they're wrong LOL https://www.speypages.com/threads/mono-running-line-size.388440/

We'll just disagree, but if it adds any weight to the discussion, the monofilament running line fad was to allow longer casts - you can cast almost 50% further when using it - but since long-distance casting isn't needed unless you're fishing tropical flats, mono is more of a butt-pain than a bonus.

I reckon you'll figure it all out the first time you try it.  It's always best to have faith in your gear and you shouldn't lose a salmon because the line you're planning to use snaps.  Go get 'em!

(I'm also "Tinker" on speypages.com).

Minimum 9 weight due to the fact you never know what you might hook into.  As much as I prefer to use my 7, I've had a couple fish that were too big for my 7 so I had to hand line them in.  Not fun!

I agree with you, Scott, but if the heaviest rod I own is an 6wt, and I'm just testing ocean fly-fishing to see if I like it, it'll do the job.  I can upgrade later.

...50# Mono running line with a T14 to T20 shooting head (500 to 700 gr)

And don't do this.  Mono is almost impossible to manage with wet fingers and it needs to be stretched before every trip to release the memory coils.  Aiflo and Scientific Anglers make inexpensive running and shooting lines for Spey casting that work much better.  Also, as a side note, if you go with mono anyway, you don't want to go above 40# for the running line.  Heavier lines will readily coil while you're fishing - DAMHIK.

(When Spey-casters used mono shooting line, they never went above 40# test for that reason)

You don't need to use anything nearly as heavy when fishing from a kayak as you might when fishing from a boat or from the shore.  You're not going to be stationary if you hook into something big - it will tow you around, negating the need for heavy lines and leaders.

Might be different for you folks down there, but up this way, if we only had one rod for both species, it'd be at least an 8wt.  I use a 9wt saltwater specific rod and even medium sized rockfish can double it over, but it also brought a very large lingcod up to my kayak until I broke the 12# leader (I applied abit too much adrenaline).

Line tends to be personal preference.  Some like fully integrated line.  I don't.  I prefer to emulate a spey set-up, using a length of T18 sink tip attached to a running/shooting line.  My line is going to drag on something rough and gritty sometime during a trip and it's less expensive to replace T-materal than to replace an entire line, but as I said, personal preference.

Flies?  Did Google break down?  Simple Clouser minnows work for just about everything.  Three and a half to four inches for rockfish, 6-inches and up for Cabezon and lingcod.  Blue over white works well up here.

Don't overlook the DIYLureJunky's eel fly (https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=95344.msg1072967#msg1072967).  With a slight modification for a more heavily weighted head, it should be a lingcod killer.  I'd have tested it last Thursday, but I was doing just fine with a Clouser and didn't get around to it.

Check this out: https://www.norcalkayakanglers.com/index.php?topic=96403.msg1081912;topicseen#new.  Scott's a wizard with a fly rod.

Good luck - and ask more questions if you find yourself puzzled.

General Talk / Re: How to identify unsafe conditions?
« on: August 09, 2021, 04:57:04 AM »
Having to ask if they're safe/unsafe conditions should be a signal of some sorts, don;t you think?

You're close enough to the coast to check a forecast online then drive to your target spot(s) and see how the forecast relates to actual conditions.  That's the best way to learn how to relate forecasts to reality.

And always be prepared to arrive on site and decide it's not worth it.

General Fishing Tips / Re: Kayak Surfperch
« on: August 05, 2021, 12:33:00 PM »
I am sure there are fly fisherman who would agree with this as well.


We do, Alex.  We definitely do agree.

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: hobie mirage drive durability
« on: August 05, 2021, 12:31:00 PM »
There's a NWKA member - workhard - who was blowing up his Mirage drive nearly as often as you.  I haven't heard him say anything about breaking his drive in most of a year.  You might try to contact him to see what he's doing differently.  Perhaps he's figured it out.

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