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Old 03-26-2014, 01:23 PM   #15
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Fly fishing is all about baptism by immersion!

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Old 03-26-2014, 04:04 PM   #16
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Happy to see so many fishermen in the forum and in their respective AS. I hadn't seen any posts about it but I knew there had to be some. There are a lot of good ideas and experiences.

I haven't done any fly fishing, not too many streams around KY, mostly highland reservoirs. I have thought about it but I'd have to invest in more equipment and then there's that learning curve.

Taking 2 vehicles might work for local trips but a pain on longer ones. Actually, for local trips, almost as easy to rent a cabin or pitch a tent and then pull the Ranger. I've even pulled the cover over the boat and slept on the water.

I haven't see the flote a boat for a while. My father in law had one, maybe he'd be interested in selling it.

I've thought a lot about the kayak. I was thinking I could put 2 on the roof rack and connect them at the camp. The wife isn't too keen on trying to use one by herself and I think together they'd be fairly stable.

In KY, if there is no mechanical propulsion, there is no need to register the boat (or pay tax and registration renewal fees). But if you go to other states you have to abide by their laws. It may be simpler to just register it in KY and then it won't be so much of a problem to take it elsewhere. Fishing licenses, however, are a whole, other problem. Sure wish there was a national/group license of some sort where each state got a piece of the action and you could fish in any of them. I'd be happy with catch and release on that.

BTW, 'belly boats' would be fine with me but I don't think that's a goer for the wife. Inflatable boats are a good possibility, a lot easier to launch. I have a small compressor I could bring.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:25 PM   #17
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I use an Outcast PAC 900 pontoon boat. It breaks down into 2 bags, weighs in at 54 pounds, and I can have it set up in 20 minutes. It is 9' long and works great in class II or class III rapids or on lakes. I fly fish so it gets used mostly on rivers. It is quite sturdy and has a small deck on the back that I can rig up for my wife to come along...or just for a cocktail cruise in the evenings. Broken down it fits in a 2'x4' spot in the front of my pick-up bed. Inflated I can tie it down to my cargo rack system.

Easy, fun, and well worth taking along.
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:31 PM   #18
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Are you on the regular website?
Look at the lady in the second photo at the top under "recent photo gallery uploads".
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Old 03-26-2014, 04:32 PM   #19
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If fishing was the only use I would go with a portabote, best space and load carrying capacity, but we don't always fish and I am in the process of making the kayak able to fish, pole holders and right equipment(small tacklebox, bucket, etc.) to use it.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:28 PM   #20
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Are you on the regular website?
Look at the lady in the second photo at the top under "recent photo gallery uploads".
I went to the 'Portal', is that where you mean? I didn't see any lady in a photo. In my view the second photo is of a recliner conversion. Can you give me some more detail; poster's name for example?
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:17 PM   #21
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Okay-
More pictures have been posted-
Anyway, the lady was standing in the water holding a fish.
I don't know how to get the older pictures to come back.
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Old 03-26-2014, 06:29 PM   #22
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Buy a used fishing specific kayak and try it. You'll love it. It's a very fast growing sport. And if you don't like it, sell the yak and you'll get your money back.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:22 PM   #23
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Porta Bote will answer all your needs. The attached are pictures of the maiden voyage of ours.

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I have had the inflatable (Zodiac) which I liked for the portability, but after 3 holes due to inconsiderates (foreign objects in the water) I opted for a Portaboat. I carry it n the top of the truck and the seats in the truck bed. I have both a Electric and gas motors for it. Depends where I am going as to which I take. I have had it on the Mighty Mississippi with NO problem.
See the site on the boat.
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I have to say, I'm quite impressed with the Porta Bote web site information about their boats. I know they've been around awhile and if you're not good you're not going to last long. They say they've been around for 40 years. I was concerned about the stability but it looks to be quite stable, roomy and otherwise impressive. I especially like how they fold flat and can fit on the TV roof, RV and stow easily in the garage.

What kind of price are we talking about? You have to contact them if you want a quote.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:40 PM   #24
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Rich, as I posted earlier, I have a 12 foot Porta boat that I use a 6hp when on the river and a 45# trolling motor on lakes (these are the 10-40 acre size). With the wife, cooler, fishing tackle we have plenty of room. I have had it about 10 years now and still looks like new.It takes about the same time to set-up as my Zodiac did and is more comfortable. I carry the boat on top and the seats and transom in truck.
I liked my inflatable, but after hitting glass and wire when launching and having to repair, I worried safety; even with several chambers.
Both solid and inflatable have their pros and cons and it is up to the individual. I have tried to inform you my experiences and hope it helps.
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I fly fish and mostly fish coastal beaches and creaks/rivers and can get anywhere I need to go with a pair of chest waders. If I go to a lake, I have my belly boat.
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Sure wish there was a national/group license of some sort where each state got a piece of the action and you could fish in any of them. I'd be happy with catch and release on that.
I agree! We split our trips between WA and OR since we are right on the border. It's only $30 for a WA license, but an out-of-state OR license is OVER $100!!! I've only gone fishing once in OR, and I bought a three day license for that trip, and that cost as much as my annual WA license!

But back to boats - if you haven't tried a Kayak you should find one to rent or make friends with someone who has one. They are really nice. We used to have a sit-on-top - roomy, stable, quite fun to paddle. Just took up too much room in the garage compared to the inflatable that just rolls up and gets packed away for the winter.
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Rich:

You may want to consider a Hobie Tandem Island Kayak. Here is the link Mirage Tandem Island : Islands : Hobie Cat.

Also here is a link to an Airstreamer with the Tandem Island and how he truck tops it.

Car-Topping the Hobie Tandem Island (Step-by-Step) - Riveted

Kayaking in the Sammamish Slough - Riveted

It can also be used as a sailboat.

Afternoon Sail in the Columbia River - Riveted

I'm thinking of going this way because it is so versatile. However, a little pricy.
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Old 03-26-2014, 10:59 PM   #28
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I agree! We split our trips between WA and OR since we are right on the border. It's only $30 for a WA license, but an out-of-state OR license is OVER $100!!! I've only gone fishing once in OR, and I bought a three day license for that trip, and that cost as much as my annual WA license!

But back to boats - if you haven't tried a Kayak you should find one to rent or make friends with someone who has one. They are really nice. We used to have a sit-on-top - roomy, stable, quite fun to paddle. Just took up too much room in the garage compared to the inflatable that just rolls up and gets packed away for the winter.
My wife, son and I fished in Oregon for 2 days last year; very expensive for the licenses and we didn't even get checked and caught only 2 small fish. I guess they just don't want out of state people fishing their waters.

I've used a kayak on the Potomac River, just for an afternoon outing. It was very pleasant and I've been trying to talk the wife into using one but it's no sale. For fishing she likes to be standing up or at least on something more stable than a kayak or canoe. I showed the pictures of the porta bote and at least she didn't reject it right off the bat. I'm going to bet that the price is more than I'm willing to pay, however, but we'll see what the brochure says.
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