- Tue Jul 30, 2019 2:52 pm
I am looking to pull the trigger on my first fishing kayak, and have it narrowed down somewhat, but thought I would reach out to this group for any additional insight. I am 5'9", 195. I will be fishing 75% large ponds and small lakes for bass, 20% large lakes for carp on the flats (hugging the shoreline mostly), and let's save the last 5% for the rare time I could go to the coast and hit the marsh (maybe once a year). The plan is strictly fly fishing (although I have been known to cross over to the dark side on occasions). My top two priorities are comfortable seating, and stability (wanting to stand and cast as situations dictate), with a clean deck coming in 3rd. I have demoed several kayaks, and am trying to find that perfect blend of all of these factors. From a paddling and comfort standpoint I like the WS ATAK 120, but it is a little cluttered on the deck, and not as stable as a couple of other options. Tried a Bonafide SS127, the seat was very comfortable, but for me it just didn't feel right paddling. The Diablo Amigo is very stable, clean deck, get to support a Texas company, and the price is right. The only thing holding me back on it is the seat, the Larry chair just isn't the most comfortable (might be able to find another option, or modify it). I also tried the NuCanoe Frontier 12, also very stable, more comfortable chair and a very clean deck, but I like the way the Amigo paddles better.
I know that's a lot of rambling, but wanted to give as much info as possible. As it stands right now, I am down to the ATAK or the Amigo (but the Frontier 12 is still in there somewhere). ATAK more comfortable and easier paddling, Amigo more stable and open deck. I'm not looking to start a heated debate on any of these kayaks, I'm just looking for input from folks who own and fly fish out of any of these boats. Maybe I'm overthinking it, but any input would be appreciated.