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Old 03-16-2011, 02:49 AM
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Default Fly fishing watercraft design

Hi,

Currently I’m a 4th year Industrial Design student at Massey University in
Wellington, New Zealand. I am conducting my final year project, a research/design assignment into watercraft for fly fishing, possibly leaning more towards personal watercraft.

Personally I am only a beginner fly fisherman, and don’t have much experience, so as a starting point for my project I am trying to get a wide range of info on the topic, from you guys.

I have seen stickies on this forum referring to buying a float tube, which gives me a good insight into what people are looking for when they buy these types of craft, but I am also interested in the fisherman as well.

The craft I have looked into as initial research are:

- Float Tubes
- Pontoon boats
- Kayaks
- Inflatable rafts (kick rafts)
- Drift boats

Are there any I’ve missed? I would like to keep the focus on specialised craft, but if there are others, such as homemade adaptations to general watercraft, I would be keen to hear it.

Where do you take the craft? River? Sea? Lakes? Remote? Easy access? How far would you travel to get to a fishing spot?

Do you go fishing by yourself? In a group? (If so how many?)

What gear do you normally take with you? (Besides the rod, and the flies)

What gear do you wear? Vests? Waders? Fins? Etc.

I’d also like to know why you use these crafts? Different experience in fishing? Easier to get where you want to go?

Even if you don’t use watercraft, I’d still like to know why? All info helps my project.


Cheers for your input in advance,

Gordon

EDIT: I have set up a survey now to make it easier to answer the questions i had set out above, there are only 8 questions, 5 of which are multi choice. So if you're keen to look at it and fill it out that'd help heaps too.

http://www.eSurveysPro.com/Survey.as...c-12874ec9bc17

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Old 03-16-2011, 08:32 AM
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The traditional fly fishing craft around here is the canoe. It's rare to see anyone in a tube or pontoon. Prams/jon boats are popular too
Personally I fish fresh water ponds and rivers from my canoe, but in the salt I use a kayak. The kayak is more stable in rough water and covers distance faster. The canoe is roomier and allows for standing. While the canoe is heavier, it's actually easier to portage and therefore if I need to carry in to launch, that gets the nod.
A lot of folks outfit their kayaks with rod holders, fish finders, anchor trolleys etc . I'm a minimalist and don't see the need.
When I fish from the canoe I rarely get out. In the kayak, I might plan on beaching and fish from shore, so I'll wear waders in season

I also have a couple of float tubes. One is kept at camp where it's handy to fish a certain remote pond. The one at home hasn't been used in years
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You're missing canoes and jet boats, but both are more generalized. They are good, all purpose craft that do the basic job of giving you mobility and more access to the water.
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I use pontoon boats for float tripping remote rivers. The biggest problem is getting the boats and enough gear for a week to a launch site and then arrange for an extraction down river when you are done.

A jet boat with flat bottom & tunnel hull are the choice for one day or overnighters. With the jet you need only a launch point and can go up or down river as you please.

I have very seldom fished from the boats. I use the watercraft as a means to travel the water not the way to fish. I find fish then park the boats and wade.

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Default Re: Fly fishing watercraft design

Cheers for the fast replies, guys.

I might set up a survey today to make it easier to answer question I have about this topic.

@Rip Tide, can I have the brand of your canoe? Just to get an idea of the types that are being used.

@HardyReels, thats quite interesting. How often, when you go fly fishing, is it for more than a day?

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Sorry but I'm not going to be much help. Like a lot of my gear, my canoe has been around for a while. It's a Lincoln, made in Massachusetts. We've had it 43 years.
One of my kayaks is only 20 years old , a 12' Perception, but my 18' Klepper expedition kayak is from the '70s
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Hi gkrdesign,

You will be amazed at the very wide selection of watercraft available for the fly fisher. Here are some specialized boats.

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Wood Watercraft Au Sable River Boat
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Nor-West Labrador Freighter Canoe
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Native Watercraft Osceola Elite Paddle board
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Native Watercraft Ultimate™ hybrid kayak
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Kiwi Kayak Angler
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Also take a look at Dave Scadden's frameless pontoon boats, a very unique design. davescadden2010catalog

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I've wanted to outfit something with a flat casting deck on the bow like a Bass boat. A stripping basket on a post in the center. Foot controls for trolling motors front and back. Something that can do around 60mph. Something like this but with a stripping basket where that front seat is.
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