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

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