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ram2711 Offline
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Posted: May 19 2006,20:23

Hi Guys
If you had to buy one Kayak for fly fishing and camping in the Florida Keys which would you buy? This is my dilemma! I can't decide between the Dorado and the Kingfisher. Also this will be my first yak. I've only fished out of john boat and canoes previously so I don't know what to look for.
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Posted: May 20 2006,08:09

I'm sure you'll get some good advice, but it would help to know...

Do you plan to stand and cast?   And how much gear do you plan to carry on the kayak?

Both the Dorado and Kingfisher are great fishing kayaks, but flyfishing is a special subject.  Serge ("The French Guy") is probably the leading proponent of flyfishing (for bones) from a kayak.  He poles, sightfishes, casts and lands his catch from a standing position.

He has no equal.  His kayak of choice:  the Heritage Marguesa.

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Posted: May 20 2006,17:04

Hi Jim
I into lightweight backpacking so maximum weight would be 30 pounds. I usually keep my pack weight between 18 and 22 pounds for a 3 day trip. If the Dorado and Kingfisher are stable enough for me to stand I would since it would be easier to sight fish standing up. If not I was just going to sit or jump out and do some wading. I'm assuming the Dorado is more stable since it is wider than the Kingfisher?
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Posted: June 11 2006,10:47

Quote (ram2711 @ May 20 2006,17:04)
Hi Jim
I into lightweight backpacking so maximum weight would be 30 pounds. I usually keep my pack weight between 18 and 22 pounds for a 3 day trip. If the Dorado and Kingfisher are stable enough for me to stand I would since it would be easier to sight fish standing up. If not I was just going to sit or jump out and do some wading. I'm assuming the Dorado is more stable since it is wider than the Kingfisher?

I don't think you could stand in either yak. They are stable but not in the way you have in mind.
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Posted: June 11 2006,18:47

I contacted a very experienced Dorado owner and he says "nix" on standing.  I'd agree for the Paddleyak (no standing).  Now it wouldn't be impossible to rig a simple outrigger that you could carry and deploy as needed, but that may not be your cup of ginseng...



I've seen another unit that uses PVC, a float and a ram ball mount.  Actually I think it would be easier to buy a pool noodle, cut it in half, insert a 1/2 inch PVC pipe, eyelet at each end.  Could use rope and bungies, or straps to positions a float tight to each side.  Maybe a clip system.  Something to think about.

I've really do think some kind of deck-stored, easily deployed sidefloat system would be ideal, preserve yak performance while allowing the narrowest of yaks to be made standable at your destination...

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