Hey guys, sorry if this has been asked (I'm sure it has). What is the best boat for fly fishing. I am new to fly fishing, been doing it for about a year (been fishing since I could walk, im from Minnesota) and I am yet to catch anything with a fly rod. I live on Whidbey island WA and fish lakes and pretty much every lake requires a boat. I don't want to get a float tube so I am looking to either get a kayak or a pontoon. What are you experiences with them and what would you suggest for a beginner. Also I cannot spend a lot of money on anything, maybe 300. Thanks Guys. #Go Hawks!!!
[IMG][/IMG]Well, Im fairly new to fly fishing and tying as well. And have some of the issues you are having. I recently bought a 9' pontoon Outcast on craigslist for 200. It was a steal so I couldnt pass it up. I have been using it on the small local lakes here in the ellensburg area catching only small, tiny fish! I have come to the realization that accessibility, although it is very important, if you arent using the right flies for the area, conditions, and season, you wont have much luck. Even if you are fishing out of a 5000 drift boat! lol I floated about 7 miles of the Yakima river yesterday morning for the first time. And although I had a great time, once again only caught a few 3-6" rainbows.
So if you are looking for a good deal on a pontoon boat I suggest craigslist. My Outcast (made by Orvis) is a great boat. I now have a trolling motor and mount on mine to minimize rowing in the lakes. Pontoon is the way to go in my opinion. Goodluck, keep ur eyes peeled and u will find the right boat. More importantly, read as much literature as possible on the sport and focus on the insects in the areas u fish, time of day to use what bugs, what stages of life will be most effective, ect.
Ask About Fly Fishing Internet Radio, I think you have to sign up to listen to the archived shows. Scroll through the list, there are several on stillwater fly fishing: Show Archive - Ask About Fly Fishing
I own a Gheenoe & love it! It's not a big water craft, but in good weather conditions it could be. I primarily use it in tidal creeks & rivers, which it's ideal for fishing. Very stable craft & great for shallow water! Has a square stern & will take up to a 25 hp motor. Not too bad to paddle either, but certainly not as easily as some of the plastic yaks or canoes. It's fiberglass, so not something I would want in waters with lots of rocks & boulders!