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    Hello folks,

    My Uncle and I currently fish out of a square stern canoe (warm water, mostly spinning and baitcasting and of course occasionally fly casting). We took some fly casting lessons a couple years ago and of course it was RIGHT after we had just bought this new canoe to replace ou old worn out one. We quickly learned how limiting a canoe and two fly casters whipping away can be. So it looks like we may be getting my Uncle a kick boat for Christmas as he has been saying off and on ever since we took the fly casting lessons how he might like one (and laments how he wishes he knew all this BEFORE we bought the canoe or he would have done the kick boat instead.) Anyways, while I think kick boats are kind of neat I personally want the flexibility of a kayak because I am looking for something that can pull double duty as a fishing rig and a general paddling boat (non white water mostly flat water or very slow moving rivers). I have been looking at the Old Town Dirigo 10 footer. It looks nice, stable and solid, albeit not the fastest paddling rig out there. I will take that slight negative for the positive of stability any day. But it is a touch on the high end of what I hope to pay (since I still have to buy a paddle and other accessories.) at about $550. So I was wondering if maybe there are some other decent kayaks that would fit the bill for less money (or at the very least equal money).

    Basically what I am looking for is:

    fits a 6'4" tall person

    Weight limit range to be around 250 or higher

    Kayak with a cockpit or at least a "tub"....I just think I would like this style better than a sit-on-top

    Again, $550 or under.....with under being even better

    Fit the double bill of be a good fishing rig, but also paddles well

    Comfort is of course paramount!

    So, is the Dirigo going to be my best bet or are there any others I should consider?

    Thanks!
    Brian

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    Default Re: Kayaks.

    Hi Brian,

    I can't answer your question but want you to know it hasn't went unseen. We have some kayak fishermen here and they will eventually see this post. I never made a post to welcome you to the forum but this is the first thread from you I've seen so I'll do that now

    Hope someone can help you out with advice,

    Ard

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    I was going to suggest a Wilderness System Pungo. That's what my fishing partner uses and I know he paid around $350 for his stripped down "Classic", paddle included, at Dick's or Sports Authority or someplace like that.
    I went to the Wilderness System web-site and the retail for their fully equipped Pungo is now $800 plus
    http://www.wildernesssystems.com/pro...0_recreational

    Part of the difference is the season. The manufacturers have big sales in the spring and most outfitters have "paddle days" sometime in May when you can try different kayaks (and canoes) to see what "floats your boat"
    That's the time to buy.

    I, myself have an 18 year old Perception that's comparable to their current Carolina model. They're pricey, but I know that one local outfitter uses them for their rentals because they're so stable and then sells them off after the end of the season
    http://www.perceptionkayaks.com/prod...na/carolina_12

    You might not want to give up on the canoe just yet. You just have to take turns. One person fishes while the other plays guide. It's actually easier when you have someone positioning the boat for you. You can even stand to cast when your "guide" is holding the canoe steady.
    Doesn't work for everyone though. I enjoy it myself while others that I fish with tend to get a bit "antsy"
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    I would see if you can find a used Ocean Kayak Prowler. Chances are, if you do, they will be right in the range you want. It's a great fishing rig, highly modifiable, and very stable. I fish out of the newer generation Prowler, called the Trident. Love it for warm water paddling.

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    Hardyreels, many thanks for the welcome!

    Rip Tide, you know what is funny is that I noticed price jumps in some kick boats too. I had a 2010 Cabela's fly fishing catalog I was thumbing through Venture outdoors had this nice polyethelene pontoon kick boat for $399.99. Yesterday I went on their website since it was just within the price limit the family wanted to spend for my Uncle for Christmas. Well I was sure surprised to find it now rtails for $599.99! That is a pretty big jump for a year and a half!

    Thankfully I have plenty of time between now and the start of fishing season again, so I will keep an eye out for sales. Luckily I have an REI Visa card which every purchase I make gives me 1% back on my dividens. I usually wind up over $100 with free dividens, plus when dividen time of year comes they do a 20% sale to go with everything. They have the Pungo with dashboard for $829. They also carry Perception kayaks, though not the Carolina it appears (though I noticed sometimes things go seasonal on their website and what they don't show now on their site may change come spring.) So I will keep my eye out there and also start do some Google searching for deals.

    Ted4887, I will also check into the Ocean Kayak Prowler. Thanks!

    Brian

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    Another vote for the OK (Ocean Kayak). I, too have a trident (T-11), and have nothing but positives to say about it.

    The only downsides are-- they are spendy, and they are sit on top. Neither of what you said you wanted. If you buy used, you can find them well within your price range, new will almost double what you want to spend.

    As for Sit in vs SOT, it is personal preference-- but I would encourage you to try both styles before discounting one or the other.

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    FWIW..I am 6 ft 4 and about 200 lbs. I have 2 yaks and have fished from each. Some of your decision depends on where and how you plan to fish.

    I've had a pungo 12' (older style) for probably 12 years. It's a good boat.. reasonably fast and tracks a straight line OK. They are spendy..Mine was a used demo and still probably 450.

    I also have a perception prodigy 10'. It's slower than the 12 ft, so I give the longer boat to GF when we yak together. The prodigy has a flatter bottom and is MUCH easier to go upstream in if there are a lot of bends in a river. The longer boat has a chined hull and is harder to turn.. Also when you stick the bow out into the current (you are usually going upstream on the inside of the turn where the slacker current is..), it really gets pulled downstream and it can be an effort to keep it turned into the current. Cost wise I think it's a little less than what you are looking at. The newer model with a better seat and some storage looks pretty nice.

    I am in MI and it's kind of nice to have a sit inside boat. I have a 3/4 skirt for the pungo to keep drips off my lap if it's cold, but I don't use that a lot.

    If you are tall, pay attention to the length of the cockpit opening. both of these boats are pretty easy for a tall guy to get in and out of. You will also want a longer paddle, of course.

    There is definitely something to be said for a sit on top if you are fishing warm water or intend to get in and out a lot. I took the 10 footer on a trip this summer and it was a pain to get in and out a lot. I also know some folks here that say the SOTs are safer cause they will be easier to get back in if you fall out while in open water.

    Watch out for the really cheap boats. I found them to be too wide, with little freeboard and low load capacities.

    You may want to consider how you are going to anchor it (if you are) in your decision.

    That's some stuff to chew on. I hope that helps.

    Bottom line--- no matter what you get, it's great fun!

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    Welcome to the forum Brian

    I have a Old Town Otter and have used it for years just fine BUT!!! The thing is a butt and back killer, As much as I fish in the boat, two hours is about all I can tolerate before heading to shore for relief. I don't see anything about the Diregio seating that is different from the Otter. Also a 10' boat with your height will be a killer on your knees and feet, there may be room to straighten your legs but no height inside the cockpit bow to stick your feet up and the boat is really to narrow to bend your knees much.

    I have seen other kayaks that are perfect to fish out of and will try and search some out for you and repost to this site. Look for a boat with a mesh support seat and a large open cockpit.

    Take your time with this, you only get one shot at it.

    Dave

    Look up the Native Ultimate Kayak in a 12' model, just remembered the name. A fellow fly fisherman had me give his a paddle on the river one day and it is the bomb. They are expensive but with winter coming on I would start keeping a close watch on ebay, a good used one should fall into your price range.
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

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    Getting some great info and things to think about. Thanks and keep it up!

    Dave, in regards to the comfort of the Dirigo, I have read a bunch of reviews that say it is quite comfortable, and is one of the reasons I was considering it. That and I saw they had a fishing package for the dashboard (though I am now having trouble finding it.) That and I found it was pretty stable and not too bad a paddler (albeit slow). But I wanted to get some more opinions about the matter before I committed myself to this particular kayak. And I glad I am as now the field has broadened a bit and I have been given a few things to think about that I had not considered.

    Brian

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    Quote Originally Posted by brian miville View Post
    Getting some great info and things to think about. Thanks and keep it up!

    Dave, in regards to the comfort of the Dirigo, I have read a bunch of reviews that say it is quite comfortable, and is one of the reasons I was considering it. That and I saw they had a fishing package for the dashboard (though I am now having trouble finding it.) That and I found it was pretty stable and not too bad a paddler (albeit slow). But I wanted to get some more opinions about the matter before I committed myself to this particular kayak. And I glad I am as now the field has broadened a bit and I have been given a few things to think about that I had not considered.

    Brian
    It's your butt...lol

    Dave
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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