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Fishing from a kayak increases the amount of water you can fish, in a big way, and can get you to get some of the best fly fishing in the USA. Consider these tips from the pros to make your casting from a fly fishing kayak more effective.
From Kayak Hacks, this succinct clip under 3 minutes suggests two ideas:
Kneeling to get more freedom casting without compromising stability from standing, and
Using a trimmed portion of tarp as a line basket.
Another nice and short one from NuCanoe, in less than 3 minutes covers:
Keeping the deck clear (without a line basket)
Keeping rod tip low while stripping to ensure fly reacts
Salt Strong covers a few more handy setup ideas in this 6 minute video:
A casting basket from a milk crate and zip ties, mounted with PVC pipe
Pool noodle section zip-tied to crate as a temporary fly rod holder
Alternatively, use a beach towel to avoid line tangles (if wet it’ll get heavy though)
Use of a rod holder, Scotty brand (standard model works fine, not just fly rod model)
On the water demo of above suggestions, casting while standing
If you want to get further into some of the more technical aspects of casting, this more detailed 8-minute video by FlyFishJax.com covers:
Anchoring both bow and stern in the wind
Straight line casting and casting stroke
Rod position while retrieving line
Rod tip trajectory and rod movement after casting
Casting in the wind
Double Haul for more distance, in the wind
Also, for more on the best fishing kayaks to use for fly fishing (which has considerations very different from other types of fishing), be sure to read our article below on best fishing kayaks 2019. We will update it soon, but so far our findings from last year still apply to the best fishing kayaks 2020. Be sure to check out our Recent Posts for gear updates, including best salmon fly rods 2019 and 2020, trout and salmon fly rod reviews, and other interest articles such as the best fishing YouTube channels.