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Old 03-12-18, 11:18 AM   #1
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Default Fast Water Float Through

Any tips on how to fish fast moving water from a boat (kayak, jon boat, or river skiff).

I spend a lot of time and energy paddling upstream. I then turn the kayak around and fly through the target areas too quickly.

I find that my retrieves are often too fast -- and I'm not getting lures or flies into the appropriate depth (or keeping them there) as I'm having to reel or strip quickly to avoid getting hung.

I've read tips about using drag chains -- but that scares me a bit as I have also read stories about folks almost drowning when anchors get caught on underwater obstructions.

Definitely interested in any kayak tips -- or power boat tips (as I'm starting to think about making a move to a Gheenoe or aluminum boat).

Thanks in advance for any help!
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Old 03-12-18, 01:02 PM   #2
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Wink Water & Boats

Generally speaking, boats are great for traveling between fishing locations. Boats are not so great for fishing as you described and you have to contend with two sets of movement to place your bait. You really have two choices, boat to where you want to fish and anchor up, or get out of the boat and wade. Even the best fishing boat in the world is a compromise to wading.

Now for the disclaimer: This does not apply for tuna fishing!
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Old 03-12-18, 10:47 PM   #3
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Fear of anchoring in a kayak is a good thing. That said, in calm water anchoring is a great tool. Try anchoring above and below rapid areas, then fishing. I highly suggest anchoring off the bow, with a quick release system (nothing for knots or kinks to snag on).

An often better option is to wedge on a rock, then fish the nearby chutes.
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Old 03-13-18, 01:30 PM   #4
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Don't anchor in anything to swift that you can't paddle up and get your anchor unstuck. Parking on a rock is ideal. If you do anchor in current have it setup to where one quick motion sets you free from anchor. You'll lose the anchor and rope but not your boat and all the stuff in it. Get some anchor line that floats and you can recover it later

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Old 03-13-18, 02:08 PM   #5
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Thanks for these tips -- some really good stuff in here.
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