Fly Fishing from a canoe
Posted by: bangorme on Aug-30-13 5:53 PM (EST)
Keep in mind, that I'm a flat water level canoer. So I'm out fly fishing from my canoe, and I'm fishing over the bow. All of a sudden I get into some crazy harmonic and it's bottoms up! First time ever. Not really a problem, since I'm in Maine and I was the only one on the river (no embarrassment). But, here is my question: Which seat do you cast from when you fly fish? I was sitting in the stern seat facing the bow.
Second, anyone ever use an anchor when fly fishing? What did you use.
Thanks for the help.
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Posted by: Djo on Aug-30-13 11:13 PM (EST)
I have spent a few thousand hours fly fishing from a canoe and never had that happen. I bet it was a bit of a thrill.
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Posted by: Steve_in_Idaho on Aug-31-13 10:02 PM (EST)
The stern seat is the most unstable place to be - unless you have enough ballast in the other end of the boat to trim it level. You were sitting in the narrowest part of the canoe. With no ballast to trim the boat, you are trying to balance your weight and the weight of the boat (some of that elevated from the water) on a short and narrow waterline.
Posted by: Bernie/cny on Sep-01-13 8:07 AM (EST)
would just add a center seat set as low as is comfortable for you.
I sit in the stern seat ....|
Posted by: pilotwingz on Sep-01-13 4:47 PM (EST)
....... she sits in the bow .
Posted by: Big_D on Sep-02-13 9:51 PM (EST)
let's see pilotwingz...you mentioned|
Posted by: bigspencer on Oct-16-13 12:25 PM (EST)
Posted by: taj on Oct-18-13 10:56 AM (EST)
Since it came up again I'll chime in, too. I used to fish from my OT Loon 138, in which the seat is just back of center. I tried an anchor but didn't use it enough to carry it along. Never felt unstable casting, ever. The Loon has gone into semi-retirement and I now fish from an OT Pack Angler. It is about half the weight and slightly shorter. The seat is lower than the standard Pack canoe and is just back of center. It might tip a little easier than the Loon, but probably not much. Casting feels quite secure. Though it came equipped with a bow mounted anchor I haven't used it much, either. Free drifting allows me to drop the fly over spots where I might not have spooked the fish with previous casts. I don't do "false casting" in the canoe as I don't find it necessary. I think that kind of motion makes too many waves and can lead to instability. Also, a short paddle close at hand is great for repositioning.