Canoes are ideal for fly fishing because by sitting deep and low into the water, a canoe can access the shallow pools where fish like to live. A canoe also has space sufficient to store a fisherman’s fly fishing equipment and even a few luxuries for his relaxation. When you rent a canoe, all equipment essential for life saving rudiments should be already on board. You will pack your own gear for the best fishing experience.
1. A Good Place To Sit
The fisherman must outfit the canoe with a seat back fastened to the canoe seat and used for added body support. Clip and snap that seat back securely into place by carefully using attached straps, and then fold down the seat back when it is no longer in use. Choose nicely padded seat backs when fly fishing to maximize back and hip comfort on the water.
2. Rod Holders Snapped onto Sides of Canoe
Snap the rod holders on either side of the canoe to keep all of the fly rods close at hand and easy to grab when fishing. Rod holders are designed artfully to reduce line tangles, an especially important feature when fly fishing because there is a large amount of drag used during the cast-and-retrieval process.
3. Anchor Rigging
Rig an anchor to the canoe using rope and anchor easily purchased or made by yourself by putting a heavy, weighted object for an anchor, into a mesh bag. Position the canoe anchor at the center of the boat, or choose to lower the anchor over the side of the boat and fly fish from only one fixed location.
4. Insert Carpet or Pad
Measure the hull or widest part of the canoe and fit the inside with the correct sized piece of carpet or non-adhesive gel pad. Either choice will work well and the gelled padding will cushion your fishermen knees when kneeling on them to fly fish.
5. Carabiners Fasten Waterproof Bags to Canoe
Fasten all waterproof bags and cases to the side of your canoe. Carabiners work well for this purpose. Pass the mouth of a carabiner through the loops of the bags or cases and position each bag or case over the side of the boat to rest near the water. Fill these bags and cases with fly fishing baits, line, pocket knife and fly fishing accessories.
Trolling or Casting
Canoes are used better for trolling than for actually fly casting. Experienced fishermen also like to have deep wading boots or a floater tube with them as convenient accessories for the sport. No equipment for fly fishing has to be costly. The best rod, reel, line and lures are the ones that work for you, not the ones that were most expensive. Good running shoes may well help a runner in his sport, but no fishing rod and equipment are manufactured to carry you to the best fishing hole and bring in a catch to brag about.