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.
Solo in a tandem canoe?|
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.
Ya' sit where the canoe will be most|
Posted by: bigspencer on Mar-27-14 9:27 PM (EST)
stable....often closer to the middle than anywhere else, depending on how your weight matches up with the hull design. Now you've found out why the slower, heavier canoes make great FF platforms.
Posted by: ppine on Mar-28-14 6:09 PM (EST)
Turn the boat around and paddle from the bow seat. Train a dog to move forward and back to help trip the boat. Bring a cooler for ballast.
agree; was trying to phrase right|
Posted by: OptiMystic on Mar-29-14 8:12 AM (EST)
Saying bow and stern on a canoe with two seats is confusing. Unless it is a block back, the stern is whichever end is behind me while seated, facing forward and paddling. I hate those stupid molded seats that try to force tandem seating even when solo. I sit in the near center seat facing the center.
Posted by: ppine on Apr-01-14 11:57 AM (EST)
The bow and stern in a canoe should never be confusing. In the bow the seat is 4 feet from the deck. In the stern it is 1 foot or even less from the deck. Try paddling in the stern seat just once facing the wrong way and it will be obvious.
you completely missed my point|
Posted by: OptiMystic on Apr-01-14 12:28 PM (EST)
yes the seat towards the middle is usually called the bow seat, but when paddling solo the boat handles far better if you sit in that seat and face in the other direction. When paddling that way, if someone says you should anchor at the bow (as an example), that can be confusing because they probably mean the end you are facing.
anchor: for a while I/we just brought |
Posted by: bigspencer on Apr-12-14 6:04 PM (EST)
good rope to tie around a rock. Then, for a few years, I went to a coffee can filled with concrete with lg. eyelet sunk in... Everything worked..but heavy wind will get hold of a bulky hull no matter what you use.