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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13358421 12/01/19 08:58 PM
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YES we guide out of our 20' Triton Boat it set up to take two people fly Fishing, been fly fishing east Texas Lake for Bass Crappie and Bream for the pass 14 years.


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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13358447 12/01/19 09:20 PM
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I have a bass boat and plan on fly fishing on lakes from it.


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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13359196 12/02/19 04:18 PM
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I did a lot of fly fishing out of my bass boat when I had it. Either throw a wet beach towel over the trolling motor and forward sonar unit, or use a stripping basket. The rear deck will accommodate a second fluff chucker, but fishing two fly anglers in the boat requires that they not be amateur casters.

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13359338 12/02/19 06:33 PM
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Guys in Florida a few years ago were using a rubber spike plate on deck for line management on a flush deck skiff
My deck is 6" below the gunwale so I don't really need one but on windy days would be handy. Might try to diy one

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13359377 12/02/19 07:27 PM
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Yes for me but mainly just spring and fall when bass are usually more shallow. When the bass go deep (8+ ft) I still have a hard time "mentally" accepting casting a sink tip line when with a BC setup I can get 2-3 more casts in the same time period.

I flycast out of my Skeeter Zx225 and generally have more than enough room on the front deck. I removed the rod tubes from the front lockers and can now easily stow my 9 foot rods and usually carry 4 thru 8 wts depending on my mood.

Fyi, this Gallop Bang tail fly in either olive/white or olive/yellow has been really good on Rayburn the last two months.

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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13359813 12/03/19 05:03 AM
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I don't fly fish exclusively for Largemouth Bass but i do a LOT of fly fishing out of a Jon boat - mostly for carp and sand bass. I've tried towels, old blankets, cast nets and a few other contraptions that i don't even recall now from back in the day, before i built my casting decks in my boat. I used to wrap fly line around gas tanks, trolling motor battery, life jackets, tackle and, occasionally, a dog or two. The thing that worked best for me was the "Home Depot stripping bucket". Just fill a five gallon bucket about a third full of lake water and set it next to your stripping hand. Even better is if you can set the bucket on some type of platform to elevate it to about mid thigh height. The water in the bucket helps keep the bucket from tipping over and keeps the line lubricated on hot summer days. Its a cheap, easy fix and works well enough. I have since built casting decks in my boat and don't really need the bucket anymore. Although, i still do occasionally wrap up a dog or two.

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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13360013 12/03/19 02:42 PM
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About any boat will work. I like to stand when I fish, fly or conventional, and can almost always find a spot on any boat I’ve been on. Sometimes, there’s multiple possibilities in a boat. My friend’s blue wave, I can fly fish in a little corner of the stern while the captain is on the bow with the electric motor. Same story off another buddy’s Shoalwater. Be aware of the feet so not to constantly step on the loose line. Loose fly line is going to get tangled on something occasionally and it just goes with the territory, nothing to freak out about.

Fly fishing has more than its share of perfectionism and perfectionists. Everything must be just so or it’s a no go kind of mentality. It wasn’t always that way with fly tackle being the norm for the average Joe prior to the proliferation of spinning tackle. Most people have so much money these days as compared to yesteryear and spend small fortunes on gear, but relatively inexpensive fly rods, reels, and line can catch as many fish as the premium stuff.

And you don’t need someone to teach you how to cast or invest in a bunch of lessons. How many folks had someone guide their every move with the baitcasting or spinning rig? Not many, I’m thinking. It’s the same with fly fishing. Watch a video or two, go out and give it a try. There’s joy working things out for yourself and the “experts” can’t even agree on how to hold a fly rod, optimizing arm angles, and the like. I don’t like this always turn to the expert or guide for everything as if the novice or intermediate is some kind of imbecile. My buddy took a fly casting lesson and the certified instructor treated him like an imbecile. The experience pretty much soured him on fly fishing. Lots of look down their nose at you types in fly fishing, unfortunately. Become your own guide and expert. The guide or expert likely has more experience than you, but even that’s not always the case. It’s more fun finding your own fish than having someone point them out.

Guides and experts are fine and there’s plenty of reasons to use their services, but they don’t have a monopoly on the secret sauce. There’s plenty of day job, fish when they can folks that I’ve fished with that can hang with any guide on locating fish and the like. I’m not against guides or experts and spend every cent you have on them if that’s what you want. There’s just no shame in working out stuff on your own and using your own talents and grey matter to teach yourself how to do things.

Forums like this one are great for shared experiences. I’m here to represent the anti-perfectionistic, be your own guide wing of fly fishing, Lol. Guides and perfectionists, don’t get your dander up on this, my rant is just a little nudge in another direction. More than likely, there will be ten posts to every one praising guides and experts versus the be your own guide/expert faction. Business and bookings will continue to boom. Any publicity only helps.

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13360116 12/03/19 04:36 PM
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Really the point of my previous post is that don't let having limited means or imperfect gear, boats, etc. keep you from trying something so potentially rewarding as fly fishing. It's really just fishing by another means and not some esoteric, difficult to impossible to learn or afford activity that it might be made out to be, at least some of the time.

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13360220 12/03/19 06:28 PM
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Thank you karstopo for your rant cheers
You have just convinced me to give fly fishing a try.

Again thank you!


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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13361001 12/04/19 02:09 PM
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Definitely a good rant karstopo. smile

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: karstopo] #13361081 12/04/19 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by karstopo

I still have a tendency to overpower casts with the fly rod due to I think all those years tossing plugs or whatever with baitcasting gear.


My problem switching to the fly rod is not casting, but setting the hook. Can't tell you how many tippets I've snapped jerking back like a baitcaster.


Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13364367 12/07/19 05:19 PM
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Karstopo love your work great rant

Coff I have the same problem in reverse, I'm always grabbing the line on conventional gear. Especially on spinning gear

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13370930 12/13/19 03:01 AM
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Fly fishing from a boat might be the best kind of boat fishing! Note the tangled mess of line on the front deck. smile
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Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13371877 12/13/19 11:44 PM
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That is one happy guy. Nice catch.

Re: Fly Fishing out of a boat ? [Re: Shaun Russell] #13372206 12/14/19 12:29 PM
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I see the line I also see the extremely large smile that comes with catching fish on the fly; not that conventional gear does not create a smile as well they just seem smaller in comparison to ones created by fly gear.

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