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Messages - DancesWithHooks

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You wont have any issues with fly fishing and kayaks other than running line management and paddles.

Sit on top kayaks make the human akin to a sail, so whatever prevalent breeze you're in will move you around just enough to make you watchful for being blown towards the fish (and the fly line puddling up as you float over it), or being blown away from the fish and inducing a bit of drag on the fly as a result.

River fishing adds the current motion to the mix which moves you and the fly into things or away from things and makes you have to adjust your casts or float to match conditions.

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.

I use a large landing net as a running line management tool. Put the net perpindicular to the boat so the basket is hanging over the side and strip your excess line into it. This way the line is not underfoot or snarled up under the paddle, or other in-boat object - and will follow the drifting boat without paying out all over the river.

River fishing is more complex than pond or flat water fishing, so don't try to do too much too soon. Start with lakes or the delta and figure out how to move and cast, mend and manage line, then move to a river setting.

In summary, pedal kayaks eliminate the paddle and leave BOTH hands free to fish - that's huge for a fly fisherman.

CA Regulations / Re: Eurasian Collared Doves
« on: July 16, 2021, 05:55:19 AM »
The short answer is most folks can't identify the Eurasian Collared variant unless it is standing still while scarfing birdseed at your bird feeder. So those folks that insist on blowing daylight through the offensive little SOB's need to hurl an old Encyclopedia Britannica at them while avoiding the sparrows and junkoes whanging away next to them.

It's the same as the Mountain Quail / Valley Quail split opener. Mountain Quail have a long straight topknot and Valley Quail have one that is curved forward and shorter. There are other differences, but when they explode out of a bush at Mach 1, most hunters simply empty their weapon in self defense - hoping for the best. Anything out of season is simply toed into a bush and left to die .. or in the case of the upstanding moral hunter, put into a different pocket and hustled back to the truck.

In this instance the fish and game laws do not setup the hunter for a win-win, so those enjoying the out of doors while bent on stocking their refrigerator are put into a moral and ethical bind unnecessarily.

Good Luck and eat plenty of carrots the night before, sharpens the eyesight.

General Talk / Re: I may have married the wrong woman
« on: July 07, 2021, 06:27:35 AM »
After 17 years of blissful matrimony, it's now time to retaliate ..

"New Dress? I thought so, as it makes your backside look enormous .."

Think Détente - the response should be equal and measured.

General Talk / Re: Stinger hook recommendations
« on: June 28, 2021, 09:14:25 AM »
That is the most compelling review of a hook I've seen in a decade. I am buying several hundred (and some tourniquets).

For Sale / Re: Native Propel 13 pedal kayak with Electric Motor
« on: June 23, 2021, 06:54:42 AM »
On a different post he mentioned $2500 for the lot.

General Talk / Re: Pedal Drive kayak question
« on: June 18, 2021, 10:59:08 AM »
I've not used many different kayaks so I am not expert in this ... but the Hobie "kick up" fins move up and out of the way of any underwater object I've hit.

The Jackson "pedal-backwards-instant-reverse" is much quicker to engage than the hobie 360, which requires you to crank a handle 180 degrees before you are pedaling backward. Both craft handle underwater objects nicely, so I would not be concerned on that front.

I think the ability to simply move your legs is a bit more elegant than the Hobie crank handle, but don't find myself swearing at the Hobie mechanism, so it's an efficient system as well.

General Talk / Re: How often do you change you main line?
« on: June 16, 2021, 04:20:20 PM »
All synthetics have a life span simple with heat and daylight. Saltwater is more caustic than fresh, and if you are contacting barnacles and rocks on every cast while rockfishing, it adds the ability to nick or fray to the mix.

If I am in freshwater I'd flip it after two seasons. If I'm using it in salt (with the aforementioned contact with rox and barnacles, I'd remove the last 20 feet after each trip and retie. Braid shows the obvious damage (fraying and the like) by lightening up in color on the worn areas. Monitor the line and remove the worn area after each outing.

Two seasons tops, either flip if freshwater or discard if salt.

Safety First / Re: Treble Hook in My Ear
« on: June 16, 2021, 06:24:40 AM »
In close quarters I tend to fish barbless - even pinching the barbs on trebles. The hooking is improved (less steel to push through their face) and so long as you keep tension the hook will remain wedged in their gob.

The relief of simply going, "Ow!" and removing the offending crankbait outweighs the giggles from that cute ER nurse ...

From the Hobie Forum maintenance guide ...

3. Cables: Starting with your idler cable, squeeze it about mid length (see below). If it doesn't move, it's probably too tight. it should give slightly (about 1/8 inch).


General Fishing Tips / Re: Invasive Species kayak care
« on: June 13, 2021, 01:24:10 PM »
My PA takes on small amounts of water via the 360 gear hole in the pedal well. I carry a pump to pump the kayak out before leaving the lake, and then on its return to the garage, will pop the hatch covers to ensure the interior of the hull dries completely.

Having lived in Redding for years I can attest to the heat, you are pretty safe due to the ambient temps in your storage area. Frequency of use can be an issue which is why I pop the hatches on my boat. Being retired I have the luxury of fishing multiple times a week and the boat may not have time to dry completely between trips (hence the extra diligence I use).

Gearing Up and Rigging Up / Re: GoPro recommendations?
« on: June 09, 2021, 07:45:47 PM »
I have been using the Hero 7 Black for a number of years and can vouch for those. I think they are about $250 (cheaper when on sale) from amazon, but are likely to be phased out soon methinks.

The 7 Black takes a 128GB memory chip which can store about 6 hours of movie footage at the highest setting (4K). It takes about 6 batteries to film a day of fishing so make sure you have extras.

I have seen little in the way of awesome new features in the 8 and 9, so I have resisted upgrading until they introduce something more than "anti-jiggle" or a "fuschia" colored housing. The 8 and above use a new battery that isn't interchangeable with the 7 ... so you'll need to make sure you have the proper type for the model you purchase.

Wanted To Buy / Re: Yakima or Boonedox (Green) truck bed extender
« on: June 05, 2021, 06:45:18 PM »
Replied with contact information.

Wanted To Buy / Re: Yakima or Boonedox (Green) truck bed extender
« on: June 04, 2021, 07:04:29 PM »
I have a brand new unused harbor freight extender you can have, and I'm just up the road in Woodland.


Drop me an email if you need it.

Introductions / Re: Hi All
« on: May 28, 2021, 02:07:42 PM »
Listen to your wife, she is very smart.

The Pandemic is nearly over and you'll soon have to relearn to knot a tie and wear a suit again. As you swelter in the early morning traffic (while yelling at the driver ahead of you) you'll remember that Yak sitting in your garage, alone, and without any friends ...

...it will eat you up ... knowing that you still have four more days until you can wield that craft in anger ..

All of us at NCKA are misfits and burnouts, unsuitable for polite conversation or a dinner invite. We perfected our antisocial over a lifetime of unconformity - you need to do likewise.

... and if you don't ... Welcome!

General Talk / Re: Great White Sharks and Yum Yum Yellow
« on: May 27, 2021, 11:24:26 AM »
Am I the only one envious of all of these GWS encounters?  Well, no, my wife also is... but are we the only envious ones?!

How big a life insurance policy did she take out on you? May want to check ...

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