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Fishing out of kayaks in fast streams is particularly challenging due the difficulties in paddling and balancing the kayak, as well as keeping it in place.

Wavewalk 500 kayak with long tail surface drive for shallow streams exploration

By Keith Sylvester

West Virginia

I use a kayak to go in rivers and creeks for the purpose of relic hunting for Civil War and Colonial era artifacts with a waterproof metal detector.
I make videos of my adventures and publish them on my YouTube channel. I find items such as Civil War cannonballs, bullets, a colonial era shoe buckle, and sometime I get wildlife footage such as a black bear crossing the river.

My interest in a Wavewalk was primarily so that I could use a small gasoline motor in order to get to more remote areas that are too far to reach by paddling.
I have a “Swamp Runner Mini” long tail rig with a 3 HP motor that I thought would couple nicely with the W500. I was looking for a lower-cost alternative to a Mokai.
I found a sand-colored one with Joe Stauder, Wavewalk’s dealer in PA, and I drove up there to pick it up.

I have everything rigged up and ready. I made a short test run over the weekend and it went upstream very quickly in a fast current. The rivers here are all high right now but as soon as they come down, I’ll take it out and get some video and photos on the water.



Dog platform at the front


70 years old, first trip in my W fishing kayak, first time standing, by Dennis Pritchard

This has been a long process for me. I have back problems and regular kayaks “Hurt” to say the least. And the cost is not something to sneeze at especially when one is on a fixed budget as I am.
I am 6’2″, 215 pounds and a mere 70 years young. I am in great shape for an elderly feller but elderly nevertheless.
However one of my main plans is to do a fair amount of stand up fly fishing from the W kayak, although I do all types of fishing, and I will be fishing in many different types of water from mountain streams to the Gulf Coast.

I have literally studied Wavewalk’s web site and YouTube for a solid year before deciding to take the plunge and just go ahead and order one. I hate to order something like this sight unseen but there is no reasonably close dealer near me so I can look them over and possibly take a test spin. But one thing was for sure and that was a standard yak was out of the question.

To say that I am impressed would be putting it mildly!!!
I have only had it on the water twice. Once on a river and once on a lake. Both fishing trips. I am still a bit awkward but getting much more confident. Even standing (a bit tentative). Not bad for an “elderly” codger of 70 years.

I have rigged up a very simple but effective cart for rolling it over our rocky terrain around here. I have added a couple additional items to the W with pop rivets.

Thanks for all the good advice and help in selecting my W.
I will send photos and a video or two when I get it rigged the way I want it.

Thanks so much. Your boat is one of a kind.


Dennis Pritchard, Virginia

first time paddling standing 06-2014

First trip, first time standing. Not bad at all.

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I really thought my career was over before I got a W kayak, by Robbie Cairl

The W is as comfortable as any seat in my house. My back feels so good while I am kayaking now, I really thought my career was over before I got a W. I absolutely love it. I mean that so sincerely, but to say I have been out a dozen times usually for over 3 hours and a couple of times for 7 hours says it better. Yesterday was a drift on the Deerfield River with a couple of friends and just to be a wiseacre I stood up through several sets of class 1 rapids with no instability. In fact being higher up I could scout the rapids better. Not that I recommend such foolishness.
I have been meaning to check in but I wanted a snap shot worthy of my appreciation, it’s just that we are all more interested in fishing and paddling than photographing. I must recruit a friend to take a couple of shots next time I go out.
Getting the yak on and off the car gets easier every time and lashing the hulls to the roof rack instead of going all the way over the yak is easy and stable. I went up to Vermont on 91 twice, cruising at 65 with no movement or annoying strap hum.
I love changing positions, standing while paddling and especially fishing from a standing position, again increasing visibility. I understand why you asked that I use it for half an hour before showing it off to friends. A very steep learning curve, I was so comfortable in half an hour and now after what I estimate to be over 50 hours I am a hopeless show off.
I love the looks I get while driving or on the water. Everyone has to ask about it. The park ranger at Wilgus State Park in VT is an avid kayak fisherman and proudly showed me his very expensive kayak/canoe hybrid. He looked mine over and was very curious. As luck would have it we met on the water later that day and he got to see the W in action. The next day he excitedly told me he looked on line and how impressed he was and how ergonomically well designed and on and on. I was very kind and feigned interest. But on the inside I was like, I know friend I know. I bought one!
Oh, problems? I had to transport 90% of the camping equipment when a friend and I went camping on Grout Pond in Vermont last weekend. We only were a half mile from the launch but made it in one trip. With 2 conventional yaks it would have been several trips at best. That would have been a great photo, sorry, all the coolers and tents piled up and you couldn’t even see all the supplies in the hull. But seriously, I am only more excited and pleased than my wildest dreams every time I go out.
Thank you Yoav, I sure hope I am responsible for many orders to come.

Robbie Cairl

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W Kayak Fly Fishing the Norfork River, the Jewel of the Ozarks, Arkansas, By Rickey Kauerz

Headed out at 5:45 AM, hoping to beat the expected 108 degree temperatures.
We are fishing the Norfork River, a small but storied tailwater beginning at the base of the Norfork Dam and ending four and one half miles later at the confluence with the White at the little town of Norfork, Arkansas. The dam’s two generators are shut down, and the river is extremely low, gin clear but cool. These conditions require a specialized floatation tool, the Wavewalk, very thin tippets, and long casts with pinhead size flies, size 18 and 20.
The fish are easily spooked, and getting to them requires traversing eight shoal areas, that dissect the stream and limit access. Without a craft capable of moving well through skinny water, light enough to be manhandled, and tough enough to be dragged through rocky terrain, one simply fishes the public areas, does a lot of wading on slippery rocks, or fishes somewhere else.

My “Personal Trout Assault Vehicle” allowed such a trip and it paid off handsomely with many fine rainbow, aggressive browns, and resplendent cutthroat trout being brought to hand during our six hour day.

My paddling skills are improving, and my ability to read the fast water allowed me to have to exit the vessel less frequently, remembering that I test the recommended single occupancy of our vessel. My much lighter companion rarely if ever had to push off, but did manage to nail a large rock in a swift shoal and stick. He jumped out, the boat eased off, and he reentered, hardly deterred.

This kayak gives me access to water that before would have not been available to me. That’s why I fish in a kayak, my trout assault vehicle.


fishing kayak on the Norfolk river, Ozarks, Arkansas

Fly fisherman standing in the river, next to his kayak, in the pouring rain

fly fisherman showing rainbow trout caught in his fishing kayak, Ozark, AR

fly fisherman fishing out of his fishing kayak, Arkansas

Stand up fly fishing in cold water and streams

Note: This is a review of the W300 kayak series that was discontinued in 2010.

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By Andrew Kumler

Cold Water and Streams Wavewalk Kayak Fly Fisherman and Photographer
Springfield, Oregon

Fishing kayak on a lake, in winter, with snow in the background - Oregon

“This picture was taken by Scott Floyd at Smith Reservoir in the West Central Cascade Mountains of Oregon”

Watch Andrew fly fishing standing in his W300 kayak:


“I like my Wavewalk 300 a lot” Andrew says -“I have never flipped it. I find it very stable to fish from.  I
had a close call on my first river trip..I was not used to the boat yet and I caught a cross current ..I thought I was going to flip for sure..But when the boat reached a point it righted its self..I learned
a lot about it on that trip..”

Andrew's fishing kayak by the river

Andrew's W kayak beached

“…I do love the w-kayak.”

Andrew's fishing kayak

“That’s my Wavewalk 300 ..A great and stable twin hull kayak.”

Andrew's kayak cockpit cover

Andrew created this ingenious cockpit cover that’s attached to the spray deflector with Velcro.  It’s very useful for camping trips.

kayak cockpit cover

The cockpit cover can be turned into a half-skirt that helps keeping Andrew cozy and warm when temperatures drop and the wind is blowing.

kayak anchor system

This anchor system keeps Andrew’s W kayak in place in midstream

Kayak Seat
“I’m glad that those ideas are helping you and your customers out…I guess it’s a little pay back for you creating such a great boat”

Andrew's fishing kayak - front view

Andrew can take a lot of gear with him on his long fishing trips, and this is where he keeps some of it

Photos: Andrew Kumler

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