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06-18-2004 10:55 AM
Pat Bahan Serge,
The good news is the pics you just posted came up fine. Now that you don't need it, my e-mail is <>. If you need any editorial assistance with the article I can probably talk my (editor, writer, teacher) wife into taking a look for you.
06-18-2004 09:49 AM
The French guy Nope, I did not get it. Email me instead.
I updated the pictures.
Now I have put a poling deck at the bow and pole the yak backward. The reason is that the ride has a W hull and this hull might give you some hull slap when water is choppy. Because the stern has a V Hull, the yak is quieter that way.
On the front deck, I have a casting/poling form that is mounted there. Same design than the ones made for the flat boat (casting form).

Article is nearly ready to go. More difficult are the pictures... hard to take alone.
06-17-2004 04:22 PM
Pat Bahan Serge,
Did you get my p.m.?
06-15-2004 10:47 AM
Pat Bahan
May be my machine

I went to some threads on the atlantic salmon topic that I remembered having some pics. Most, but not all, of them came up for me. Guess I'll just have to wait for p.m.
06-14-2004 05:50 PM
Adrian Links seem to be ok now. I copied the URLs and put them direct into a browser. First one came up right away and the second came back with an aceess forbidden message. After a couple of tries that one worked too and now they seem o.k. here - on and off. Maybe something wierd going on at imagestation? I've seen outrigger systems setup for Yaks that allow standing. The poling platform takes it to yet another level
06-14-2004 04:03 PM

Submit your paper to the saltwater FLyfishing mags and to Wild on the FLY. I bet a bunch of people would be interested.
06-14-2004 02:59 PM
The French guy

For some reasons direct link does not work anymore.
Provide me your email and I will send you the pictures.
06-14-2004 02:35 PM
Pat Bahan
Serge What Yack Are you Poling?

I'm frustrated. :eyecrazy: I can't view your pics. I have the little boxes with red X's in them but when I try to click on them nothing happens. Don't know if its my computer or the server or what, but I can't see them. Anyway, what type of yack are you using? I don't currently have anything that stable but your report makes me think that needs to change.
11-23-2003 07:49 AM
Eddie wooooohooooo! An Everglades Sleigh Ride!
More pics please.
11-21-2003 08:13 PM
The French guy I am preparing a fly fishing paper where everything will be explained.
First, if at the begining the kayak was a way to get on the flats because I could not afford a flat boat, there are now many occasions when I say no to people who invite me to go fishing with them.
The kayak is the best flat boat as long as you do not have to paddle too much. I limit my paddling to a maximum of 14 miles a day. (But I did much more).

Because I do not have any tools, I had to keep it simple and that is what saved me.
The platform is only an aquarium mount. I just cut the legs out and put a piece of plywood on top, then painted the whole thing with marine paint. It is attached with the scuba tank belts at the back and some ropes to the eyelet a the front. Just behind the seat.
The push pole I use is a swimming pool alumimum cleaning pole (16', three pieces, telescopic). I adjust the length of the pole according to the water depth. At one end, there is a loop to pole in muddy flats and on the other end a pick to pole on hard bottom and to set the boat in muddy environments.
To set the boat, I use a loop to loop connection as I have a rope attached around my wait with a loop that just fits over the loop of the push pole.
I use also the anchor to set the boat in hard bottom env. The anchor is attached to the anchor and run through a system of pulleys to the platform. there is a knot on the rope and the rope is stuck under my foot when I pole with the anchor up. Setting the boat is easy... just let the anchor go and the knot gets stuck in the pulley eyelet.

When I fish under the bridges for big tarpons, I have two anchors. A mooring one and another one (the working anchor). I use a traveler to set the anchor an the front or the rear of the yak. Once a fish is hooked, I unhook the mooring anchor (that has a bouy) and drift with the fish out of the bridge (really risky) then, once I am clear, I fight the fish and use the second anchor. This is done at night. Tricky, dangerous, but thrilling.

11-21-2003 07:27 PM
more info please

thanks for the pictures french guy. Your kayak rig looks awesome. What type of kayak are you using? Can you tell us how you mounted the poling platform and which components you used?
11-21-2003 02:31 PM
The French guy
11-21-2003 01:03 PM
Eddie I gotta see a picture, can you post one or a few?
11-21-2003 10:01 AM
The French guy I pole my yak all the time and it even has a poling plateform on it. I sight cast for Bones, permits and tarpons from my WS ride in Florida (BB and the Keys).
Being high on the water is a real advantage.
10-28-2003 06:32 PM
JWW Thanks Nick!
Let me know if you ever plan a trip to Texas and I will give you some insider info. Here is a website that I frequent

Edited by Nick...JWW direct link to other sites are not allowed, but since this is a non commercial site, I have left the text as is.

Redit...Put the link back into effect, sorry for the confusion!
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