What better way to spend the first day of the new year than fly fishing from my super awesome Wavewalk 700 kayak. Fishing Buddy and I splashed the yaks around 11:30 am with high hopes and low expectations. We have had some serious rain the past few days with the air temperature taking a 20 plus degree nosedive in a 12 hour period and super high water. Add to the mix a North wind, that seemed to have had a little too much spirit last eve because it was swirling around like a drunk on the tilt-a-whirl, and you get………
Jill- One big fat bluegill
Fishing Buddy- One chunky bass
It was more than tough to fly fish from a kayak today; we did it anyway. I am happy with my one fish on the first day of the new year and tomorrow I hope to get at least two fish on the second day of the new year. If the pattern holds, December 31st should be EPIC!
I have fished two patterns lately; a sinking spider and a wooly bugger. Both seem to catch fish so I morphed them into one fly to try out today. It’s like a skinny wooly bugger with legs. The bluegill totally inhaled it, that’s why you can’t see the fly in the fish’s mouth.
Happy New Year to my fellow Wavewalkers. I hope y’all catch a bunch this year.
Love it! I’ve had it out 4 times and it has performed very well. It took me a couple sessions to build up the nerve to stand up but once I did it opened a whole world of sightfishing! My friends who had sit in kayaks tried standing in theirs however it wasn’t pretty.
Here are my current Pros and Cons:
-easy entry and exit. This is huge for me as a bigger guy. I step in and out easily and without getting wet while my fellow SOT and Sit In kayakers end up clumsily entering and exiting.
-Storage is awesome and all my gear is readily available whenever I want it.
-generates a great deal of conversation amongst traditional ‘yakers and canoe owners
-comfortable…the many combinations of sitting positions is awesome.
-Casting is a breeze.
-highly portable via vehicle
The only thing I am looking at now is a DIY wheel system. While the kayak is lightweight, the overall length of the W500 causes it to be somewhat bulky when shouldered (and trying to balance the weight distribution effectively) however it is very easy to drag.
You created an awesome product and I absolutely love it.
I’ve attached some pics, albeit not that exciting. The pic of the shallows was just before I stood up for the first time. I was able to sight fish as well as use the paddle to push through areas that were only about 4 -6 inches deep. Amazing! I really just brought the little zebco dock demon rods in case the fishing mood struck me…which it did!
My Wavewalk got me to a honey hole! The Bass were hungry on a lake where the big boats can’t go! The Top water bite was on, what a blast! I tied on a chug bug first thing and I caught six but did not get them all on video. I did manage to get three on video By switching between a do nothing worm & a chug bug I just hammered them. They were taking both with a vengeance. What a morning!