Kayak opinions


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Thanks for everyone's opinions. They are having a kayak jamboree on May 5th on Lake Washington. There will be a couple of hundred of kayaks to try out. I think I'm going to go and paddle as many as I can before I buy.
See if you could bring your rod and actually try fishing out of them.

I got a pretty basic malibu kayak last year and caught plenty of fish without the pedal drive etc though I am sure they do make fishing easier. I actually found that I like the past time of kayaking by itself and sometimes just spend a sunny day paddling around and not doing so much fishing though I always bring my stuff.


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you can get a used aluminum skiff with a motor for the price of the hobies.

what and where are you going to be fishing?
also, don't forget to actually paddle both types of kayaks (hobie vs. native)
Exactly. Try fly fishing out of the kayak compared to a skiff first before deciding.. How much blind vs sight fishing will you do? Managing 60+ ft of line gets old fast in a yak for me. I tried kayak and it's skiff all the way for me..
For puget sound kayak fishing I truly believe the ability to have reverse in the Native Slayer or Mariner is the way to go. Not to mention the Slayer seat and rail system being second to none. I hope you try one out before making your decision.
I am about to put my kayak up for sale if you are interested. It is a Feelfree Moken 10. Tan, hardly used, with fly rod holder and a wheel in the keel for easy loading/unloading. PM me if you are interested. I was going to take pics and list it on the forums in the spring but thought I'd let you know since you seem to be looking.
I am a huge fan of kayaks and NOT a huge fan of pedal drive. I like being in control with a paddle and less "stuff" cluttering up the deck. BUT different needs validate them. Heres a pic of my boat, a Slayer 14.5, a great, fast, great tracking and awesome stability. Try before you buy.


Chris Bellows

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Nice boat and setup Eyejuggler. I agree with you about paddling. There is something soothing and almost meditative about paddling across large expanses of water.

Jim Ficklin

Genuine Montana Fossil
I really considered those, but for what I plan to do with one & where I plan to use it, the NuCanoe 12' Solo Angler (plus dog) is winning. Nice boat, tho.


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I've been searching for a fly fishing boat (raft, kayak, SUP, etc). I've heard and read very good things about the following boats that are supposed to be very stable for stand up fly casting:

Wilderness Systems Commander
Native Ultimate
Freedom Hawk Pathfinder (designed with open water in mind)
and (as Jim Ficklin mentioned) NuCanoe.

Haven't been able to paddle these, but they look promising.

With that being said, Kentucky doesn't have any ocean tides to consider :)


P.S. Here's a photo from the Freedom Hawk website



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Sorry - when I replied to this thread yesterday, I didn't realize it was in a saltwater forum (I did a search in WFF for kayak).

Knowing now this is in the saltwater forum, here's some information that may be of interest about a new wilderness systems offshore fishing kayak that's in development:

The freedom hawk is kind of a slug in the water from my experience, and I do not like non bailing (unscuppered) fishing kayaks in the saltwater. The not being able to pee out of the boat is not an issue in any of the mentioned Natives. The peddle ones you can lift the hatch and even woman can pee out of them.
You can paddle a peddle yak, no problem. The mirage drive units pop out really easy. Peeing from a drive yak is a little awkward but, necessity make many things possible.

I currently have a 13' Hobie Revolution which is fast and relatively light. If your legs get tired paddle for a while and vice versa. No reverse and that is a drawback but, you can still grab the paddle to go backwards.

Last year I picked up a Ocean Kayak Torque which has a removable electric trolling motor. It's a lot heavier than the Revo or the OC Trident that the Torque is modeled after. The trolling motor really helps if you want to think more about fishing than propulsion. (Be forewarned that electric yaks are the scorn of traditional kayakers.)

For low cost and effective traditional paddle yak it's hard to beat the 13' OC Trident. A great fishing machine and you can find them on sale for $700 to $800.

I've found that a 13' yak is ideal for both salt and fresh water. The longer the yak the easier it moves but, too long and turning becomes an issue. A rudder is big help. Weight is a issue to consider both on and off the water. If you buy something like the Hobie Mirage Pro Angler 14 you should plan on trailering it. You won't like it if you have to load it on top of your car or truck.

NWKA (Northwest Kayak Anglers) is a great resource for kayak fishing.

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
A friend of mine recently told me that he is selling his Hobie "Adventure Island." Its the 16' Hobie Adventure with the outriggers and sail rig. The sailing rig (has roller furling) and outriggers can be removed, leaving just the 16' pedal driven hull, which is basically the same thing as a 16' Hobie Adventure. He's had it stored in his garage for about 3 or 4 years, and has only taken it out twice. He no longer has a motor vehicle, and when he did have a Ford van, he found it a hassle to get the thing off and back on the roof racks when he got to the launch. He had a hoist system above his van in his garage, at first.
Plus, he thought it took too long to rig it up. So he never really used it. Thus, he is selling it. He bought it from the original owner, who also hardly ever used it, for similar reasons. It is bright red. Its a 2006 model. Has hardly sen any use.
I'll check later this afternoon and see if its still available, and what price he's asking.
These Adventure Islands are really wet rides when sailing them. In our cold waters,I would suggest a full dry suit to go along with it. If I lived someplace warmer, I might be interested in it, but I'd haul it on a trailer.

EDIT: My friend has his Adventure Island listed on Craigslist, Seattle, and is asking $2,000 for it.