top of page
  • Writer's pictureChris O'Byrne

Beads of Wisdom

Fly Fishing from Paddle Craft

Prepare For Success

When fly anglers begin to think about using a paddle craft as their fishing platform, we inevitably begin by wondering, “How am I going to pull in all those massive fish with this little boat?”

But before we deal with that problem (hopefully) there’s a lot of work to be done. The first consideration in paddle fly fishing is gear. And the first step in preparing is getting rid of some of it. Here are a few beads of wisdom.

● Do you really need more than one rod? Even if you will make use of them, how will you store the ones waiting their turn?

● Will you need a cooler? Compared to an outing in a boat, you will probably eat less food on a paddle board, and I know very few fly anglers who take beer on kayak trips.

● By that token, do you need a tackle box or vest? On some trips I limit my tackle to what I can hold in a chest pack.

● And, will a shirt pocket fly box do the job? Are you going to change flies enough to need a spacious, boat sized fly box?

● Do you need a proper camera? Would your phone be enough?

● Other gear that we pile up in boats are landing nets, fish bags, and stringers. Again, their usefulness must be compared to their mass, volume, and complicated use.

● Also, will toothbrushes, thermometers, and stomach pumps be used enough to justify their places?

Next time, we'll look at gear that paddle anglers do use.

26 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Logo, color, no text.jpg
bottom of page