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QUICK GUIDE TO A GREAT BOAT FOR FLY FISHING

If you are looking for a small boat for fly fishing or you are thinking about converting your existing boat to make it better for fly fishing, this Quick Guide is for you. Every vessel is some kind of compromise. That being said, there are some tips and features that will make for a better fly fishing experience.

SEATED TOWARDS THE BACK

Fly fishos need plenty of space at the fore and aft of the vessel. Boats designed for fly fishing normally have elevated areas in the front and the back. Casting platforms are perfect for fly fishing, especially when the helm is centred towards the rear of the boat. There is nothing like plenty of space at the front and the rear for fly fishos. Keep this in mind if you are buying a boat or renovating a boat for fly fishing.

LOW SIDES

Fly fishos too high from the water will struggle when bringing in their catch. While high-sided vessels are safer in rough waters, some sort of balance certainly makes for easier landing of fish.

CLEAR AWAY THE GEAR

Everyone loves loads of gadgets on their boat, whether they are fly fishing or not. Nevertheless, keeping all that fishing gear and technology tidy is important. Fly fishos don’t want to get their line caught on throttles and fishfinders. Always think low profile for any installation because if line can catch on something it will. Anything you can do to keep your boat snag-free is the way to go.

REMOVABLE ROD HOLDERS

Most rod holders suit baitcast and spin setups. Flush mounted systems that allow for the removal of rod holders when not in use are the best for fly fishing. Again, reducing boat snags is the key to a great fly fishing boat.

ELECTRIC MOTORS

The stealth of electric outboard motors is a real benefit to fly fishing. Powerful electric outboard motors provided loads of power for getting around the water are often cheaper to purchase and much lower cost to own and maintain that old-fashioned aspirated motors.

JON BOATS

With some pretty easy modifications, it is possible to turn a small vessel into a great fly fishing boat. Flat-bottom jon boats are among the most common types of fly fishing boats. These simple fishing boats are easy to maintain and favourites of most fly fishing aficionados and hardcore anglers. The best thing is that they are easy to upgrade while keeping the tips we mentioned above in mind.

WALKAROUND BOATS

Walkaround boats are comfortable family boats that also lend themselves to fly fishing. They are ideal for both freshwater and saltwater.

SPORTFISHING BOATS

If you really want to go the whole way with your fly fishing venture, sportfishing boats with a few modifications make for truly awesome fly fishing. Centre console sportfishing boats are the ultimate platform for the perfect fly fishing outfit.

 


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Bill Matthews
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Bill is as green friendly as they come. He's travelled the world, loves kayak fishing and camping.