Pontoon Boat for fly fishing
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  1. #1
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    Default Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    Anyone ever use an inflatable pontoon boat before?

    I am getting back into a little fly fishing and wouldnt mind trying one out.

    Here is what I am thinking of: http://www.outcastboats.com/outcast/...ult.aspx?id=28

    thoughts?
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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    What are you fly fishing for?

    I must fish the wrong streams. I'd spend more time carrying that 68 pound boat over rapids and shallows than time I'd spend fishing.

    And if the river is deep enough to be boating, I probably wouldn't be fly fishing.

    Maybe your fish and streams are different than mine.

    You can get a nice kayak for 1/2-1/3 the price.

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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Countryboy View Post
    Maybe your fish and streams are different than mine.
    Without question the rivers out where Isaac and I live are very different than Ohio.

    Pontoon boats and inflatable drift boats are the ticket on both calm an whitewater rivers out west.


    Isaac, those small pontoon boats are great and versitile. I've used a couple of versions over the last couple of years. Check out the Skykomish Sunrise (both the boat and the fly!) or any other Dave Scadden boat (http://www.washingtonflyfishing.com/...-scadden-boats).
    I've been lucky to have enough friends with boats to borrow or go with. But what I really want is http://www.streamtechboats.com/fishing_videos.html.
    Obviously a multi-person event, but if you go with friends, this boat can't be beat!
    ~Reid

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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    Reid:

    Want to go fly fishing one of these days since we are in the same neck of woods?

    I am a pretty big guy so I need something that can hold my weight (I am a chef....and as they say... dont trust a skinny chef!). That rules out the float tubes.

    I didnt know that some people run a small electric motor off the back of the pontoon. Pretty neat really. I am taking some classes on fly fishing... this week and next. Cant wait. I used to fly fish a lot and tie my own flys but that was when I was about 10 years old. Now, I want to get back into it.
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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    country: I thought about a kayak. We will see.

    Our rivers and lakes are much much different. Deeper and wider. Bigger bodies of water and most dont allow for bank fishing, especially fly fishing.
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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Isaac View Post
    I didnt know that some people run a small electric motor off the back of the pontoon. Pretty neat really.
    I've only seen a couple of pontoons around here. Both of them had small trolling motors on the back. I thought it was cool

    Yaks are real popular down here. See tons of people fishing in those.
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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    ordered my pontoon boat yesterday. cant wait!
    Chef Isaac..Culinary Arts and Honey are a sweet mix! http://www.sweetascanbeehoneyfarm.com & http://www.adoptahive.info

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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    This one's for the fishermen and the libertarians.

    At a place we used to go crappie fishing during the spawn, there was this dude who had a styrofoam block that he cut a hole in for his legs to dangle through and mounted a tiny trolling motor on it. It looked like a homeless guy fishing or something. One day, we saw the Lake Patrol give him a ticket, because he did not have a tag on the "boat."

    So after that, he always had a tag on his styrofoam block. I figure that the next thing you know you will need a tag for the life jackets.

    Anyway, this has nothing to do with anything but the thread reminded me of the guy on the styrofoam block.

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    Default Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    Quote Originally Posted by Chef Isaac View Post
    Reid:

    Want to go fly fishing one of these days since we are in the same neck of woods?
    Sure! I'm pretty hammered the rest of the summer, but fishing is a year-round activity. If not this fall, then next spring when many of the eastern Washington lakes and streams open up.
    ~Reid

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    Big Grin Re: Pontoon Boat for fly fishing

    I've been using pontoon or "kick" boats for over 15 years now. I mostly fly-fish rivers, reservoirs or even lakes. I've taken on class III rapids (which I don't recommend unless you have experience), I've been in blizzards and 4' swells (at the same time) on Henry's Lake next to Yellowstone Park in the late fall, I've caught lake trout from them on Flathead Lake here in western MT, and pike from several reservoirs in the area from various kick boats over the years. I currently have three as my wife enjoys floating rivers as well, and we keep an extra for guests.

    Oh, and I have two of them set up for electric motors and two also set up with anchors.

    They're great. Everybody should have one or three.

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