You're kind of onto the reason I bought the Kestrel, but not to replace the other two boats I have.
I get to use my daughter's Redfish 10 now for the rivers - only one rod holder behind to fit me in that boat, and that will always be a mid-length glass fly rod.
My T160 will always be here for fishing expeditions when fishing is the priority. I can take two rigged bait rods, an out of the way rigged fly rod, and whatever I want for food and spares - three 3-pc rods in the bow hold.
The Kestrel doesn't give me the choice to load up. I get the day's cold pack in the bow hatch, light fishing sundries in the small sternwell - I can't get to either until I can get out of the boat - one rigged accessible rod, and can bring a 3-pc alternate rod. I wouldn't want to fish like this all the time, but it's great when the paddle is priority over the fishing.
Perfect example is Lighthouse Lakes, have always taken the approach there of a rigged fly rod to fish when the opportunity presents itself. Enjoying the paddle first. My buddy and I took our girls there growing up, which always made fishing secondary over taking care of the girls.
Paddle and play is the main reason I bought the Kestrel, but one other place fishing light is important is when you're mother-shipping your kayak across big water too far to paddle in a day, like the St. Jo lakes or the east side of Green Island.
For one thing, you want to do this with a 40-50 lb boat instead of an 80-100 lb boat.
Your destination is probably also going to be good wading bottom way too skinny to run a power boat, so your kayak is to taxi you to the back where the fish are.
Backing up to a point Tobin made yesterday. Somebody gave him kudos over TSL grasswalker lightening up his normal tackle load.
It's definitely done that for me, too. Even on the expedition fishing with the T160. I bring a long rod to throw weighted lures usually into deep slopes from skinny water, and almost all my fishing from the kayak is one light bait rod with a grasswalker.
When Josh and I fished East Flat, he asked how many lures I fished - one. A day on Estes flats, one.