Florida Stand Up Fly Fishing Kayak Review: High and Dry

This is a fishing kayak review recently contributed by a kayak fly fisherman from Florida:

I bought my Wavewalk a couple of months ago and  I stood up my first time in less than five minutes.

I fly fish on the Indian River Lagoon in South East Florida where I live and the “W” fit my needs almost perfect, but at 64 years old I wanted more stability and such a higher vantage point when I needed it.

It really makes it a one man fishing machine and I absolutely love it.

I had labored over my decision to buy a stand up fishing Kayak for months reviewing almost everything including the [build-in outriggers kayak] line of boats that are sold at our local fly shop here in Stuart Florida.

I knew I wanted the stability of “W” and I wanted to be able to take a passenger on occasion.

I’m going to outfit my W kayak with the cockpit hooks and bungee as I don’t think there is a better more affordable way to keep my boat dry will it is sitting on the floating dock waiting for me to use it. Plus I love the idea that I can deploy it when caught out here in our rather numerous summer rain storms and hide under it until it lets up.

I paddle the boat standing on the platform, and use it that way a lot in the back creeks and small mangrove lagoons.

Thanks,

Ted

Pictures of my “W” outfitted with a leaning post and outrigger pontoon system:

fly fishing kayak with high standing platform for sight fishing

paddling a stand up fly fishing kayak with passenger on board

Read article and discussion about Ted’s stand up fly fishing kayak with outriggers >

Two Sand Bass Fighting For Same Kayak Fisherman’s Lure, Texas

People always have to ask about the W fishing kayak… and I tell them to get one. I now have rigged a Minn Kota electric trolling motor that works great for positioning an runs to a spot or back to dock.
The picture is two sand bass that were fighting for the same bait. Not too big but fun! This was 4/27/12 in Lake Ray Hubbard a few miles from my house. With the W, I can through it on the back of the F150 and get a 2-3 hour fishing trip in before dark..
Ray

2 sand bass caught with 1 bait in kayak fishing trip, Texas

fishing kayak with seat and DIY rod holders, Texas
“This seat sits a little higher, and it’s much more comfortable than the rigid seat I had added before.”

Sand bass caught by Texas kayak fisherman

More kayak fishing reports from Ray >>

Testing The W Fishing Kayak And Catching Big Fish While Doing So

This picture was contributed by Gene Andrews.

Fisherman testing the W kayak, and showing the fish he caughtFisherman standing in kayak and showing a big fish he caught

It shows one of his clients testing a W fishing kayak, with obvious success!

Wavewalk 500 Review and Kayak Fishing Trip Report From Tennessee

By Jeremy Knight,

My dad and I decided to take our W fishing kayaks out on Tims Ford Lake.
I never imagined it could be so much fun! We were able to get the Wavewalks in places we can’t take our other boat.
We fished with small yellow and white jigs using the trolling method. We threw our lines out and paddled the Wavewalks so the line would trail behind the kayaks. We caught over a dozen fish in a very short amount of time!

Tennesse fishing trip: Striped bass in kayak

We decided to race back to the dock on our way in. I took the lead but eventually looked up to see Dad passing me up. He had the long W paddle with him which allows you to stand up while paddling the Wavewalk 500 fishing kayak. I couldn’t believe he won! Of course, I had to take my kayak back out for a second just to see what an advantage paddling while standing up would give a person.

stand up fishing kayak, TennesseeThe Wavewalk kayaks are very easy to load/unload, and maneuver in the water.
I was very comfortable while fishing, and I loved the fact I could stand up if I needed to.
I can’t wait for some more adventures…

Tennessee fishing trip - beached kayaks

Sailing My Fishing Kayak – By Steve Phillis, Victoria, Australia

I. -”Received kayak and very impressed. I have also purchased Jim’s sail kit, and I love it also. Works well with wavewalk. I will be taking a friend out tomorrow…”

II. -”People are curious of my new boat. Hit some high winds today sailing (beginner) and the kayak performed beautifully…”

III. -”Today a friend of mine tipped the kayak while sailing. It was difficult to right with mast, stabilizers etc… Will need to talk with Jim. I am aware sailing is not the normal… I purchased the whole kit with outriggers etc. Might have been more the operator since I had no issues. I was surprised that it could tip. Glad I know this now than when I’m sailing by myself. Cheers
Steve Phillis”

Sailing a fishing kayak on a lake in Victoria, Australia

Note: There’s a video showing this kayak sailing kit in action – Its sail is quite big, and it can drive the kayak at high speed. The outriggers that come with this kit are rather small, which requires both good sailing skills and extra cautiousness.