Kevin’s New Improvements To His W Fly Fishing Kayak, Florida

The pieces on the seat can be added to the ends for more rod storage or positioned for trolling. The two holders on top are cut out for holding fly rod set ups and work well.

Kevin Eastman, a kayak fly angler from Florida, already contributed the story about the wooden Greenland-Aleutian paddle he made, and a suspended storage solution for his W500 fly fishing kayak.
Since then, Kevin has introduced some improvements to his W500:

-“I snapped a couple of photos of the mounting I did for the bilge pump and the plastic clamps I used under the screws. I also have a simple PVC rod rack that some might be interested in looking at. It’s similar to one that I saw on pictures of Jeff’s before the short rods, but more slender. The pieces on the seat can be added to the ends for more rod storage or positioned for trolling. The two holders on top are cut out for holding fly rod set ups and work well.
Kevin”

Stainless steel bolt in rigged fly fishing kayak

Quick release strap and knob for fishing kayak bilge pump

Hand activated bilge pump in fishing kayak

DIY fisihing rod rack for fly fishing kayak



9 thoughts on “Kevin’s New Improvements To His W Fly Fishing Kayak, Florida”

  1. Note that the bilge pump Kevin chose has a long pipe that can reach down to the bottom of his W500 hulls, where some common kayak bilge pumps are too short to get.

    I saw a similar hand pump at Home Depot. It can pump 1 gallon in 4 strokes.

    Hand buckets can be pretty effective too.

    Yoav

  2. Nice!
    With Kevin, Jeff, Gary and others coming up with new designs for rod holders, Wavewalk would soon be selling only its touring kayak models 😉

    Marco

  3. Yoav, funny that bilge pump was from Home Depot. $5 as a closeout special a few years ago. I finally found a use for it.

  4. It looked vaguely familiar 🙂
    My mother in-law says – “If was that cheap, you should have bought two of them”…

  5. Isn’t it amazing what we yakers do to carry a few more rods on board. I haven’t been swamped yet, Kevin, so think I can manage without a bilge pump.

  6. Nice job on the holder for the bilge pump.
    I have the same pump.
    Mine has never seen enough water to ever use it.
    My sponge gets more use.
    But that was only when it’s raining out. 🙂

    Nice job on the rod holders. 🙂

    Tight Lines and Paddle Safe All.
    Rox

  7. Hmm Nice job Kevin. I still use my Sham Wow for the water in my W. Of course my biggest problem is the size 15 water shoes I wear, that’s like a gallon per shoe if I forget to drain them first. Your rod rack design looks great and keeps them well away from the water. Hey, one of these days we will have to hit 206 again. I would love to get a few action shots on the water of some serious W500 fishing action. A well bend fly rod would look so cool with you standing in the W attached to a big red.

  8. I fish alone a lot and with some of the places I go, the pump could be a life saver. It’s kind of like my umbrella policy, I’ll probably never use it but it’s essential to have if the need arises.

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