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Old 08-27-2007, 06:32 AM
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Wow, I'm really bad

OK, I've been an avid paddler for 30 years in all sort of waters. Basically, I can paddle anything... at any degree of difficulty. For example, I paddled 229 miles of the Grand Canyon in a squirt boat at high water. Paddling is my life and my livelihood... and I iz good at it (patting myself on the back now). I've been a fly fisherman for even longer, but not as avid.

Yesterday I combined the two and I totally sucked at fly fishing! I ended up putting knots in the leader a couple times. The leader got all twisted up several times. And, the line hit the water behind me on more than one occasion.

I realized that I've only ever casted flies from a standing position or from a higher position in a canoe. I'm wondering if there are any of you who experienced the same dramas as I just described? Oh, one more thing, I used a new rod for the first time too. It's lighter and more active than I'm used to. I hope that's it.

Any insight is very welcomed... mild to harsh flaming, as long as funny, is also welcomed.

Thanks...
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Old 08-27-2007, 02:05 PM
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Ive tried out of an inflatable kyak (sp?) and it is incredibly difficult.. The craft is spinning with every back cast's momentum.. and your cast sucks..

but, eventually you get the hang of it.. and I suppose a canoe would be easier because you are a bit higher up.. but ya, using two hands to paddle, then another two to cast doesnt work well..
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Old 08-27-2007, 11:55 PM
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Hey Zimflo,

Yep, inflatable are horrible in that respect. That's due to their flat hull design. I didn't have any problems controlling the boat. I took my two-piece paddle apart and used skulling strokes to keep pointed the right way and the right distance away.

But man, my technique was sure poor. I guess it'll come back with practice... just hoping someone might have experienced this too and had some advice.

Thanks for you input.
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Old 08-28-2007, 06:45 PM
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Galong,

I fish from a Yak quite often, usually with a 8'6" or a 9 foot fly rod. I cast side armed if the cast is a long one. Try stopping your back cast higher while the line is still going in an upward direction. It takes some getting used to, but I find my Pungo a very good craft to fish from in lakes & slow moving rivers. I find that a 40 or 50 foot cast is all the distance I usually need, if that in most situations. Actually thirty feet is usually more than adequate for New Hampshire. I do not use the Yak in salt....yet that is! Fishhawk is working on me..... And I want to get a sit on top for salt anyway. More for transportation than fishing.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:15 PM
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One trick I use in a canoe, if I don't have to paddle a long distance, is to sit on a large picnic cooler in the middle of the canoe. It gets me a lot higher up in the air than I would be if I were sitting down in the stern. I started doing this to distribute my weight evenly in the canoe so that waves won't slap the bow when I'm solo, but then I found out that it makes flycasting easier too. Also, it's easier when I want to stand up and cast because I'm already more or less in the middle of the boat. (My old fiberglass clunker was better for standing than my new and improved kevlar canoe.)

I don't think that this would work in a touring canoe with a narrow beam, because the cooler might not fit, but in an ordinary fishing canoe, with a more or less flat bottom, for when you're puttering around ponds, it works great.
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Old 08-29-2007, 12:28 PM
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Another option...

Do it in the DARK

No one will ever see including yourself!
Practice DENIAL and convince yourself your casting is INCREDIBLE!

p.s.
While under way, I'll drag the 25-28' weighted line section behind the boat...
Trolling? Perhaps...
But mostly, ready to load the rod and get off a quick shot...
One false cast and mugs away!
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