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5 hours ago, Flysmallie said:

I'd be all over that if I wasn't going to be out of town. Oh, and if I owned a yak. :)


Yeah - we've gone over this bridge but I'm not buying a 'yak just to fish this either. Several "hybrids" that have "Yak" in their name are legal but are canoes nontheless.... oh well.

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11 hours ago, RSBreth said:

Yeah - we've gone over this bridge but I'm not buying a 'yak just to fish this either. Several "hybrids" that have "Yak" in their name are legal but are canoes nontheless.... oh well.

I agree with that but rules are rules. I'm planning on getting a yak sometime, just haven't made a decision yet. 



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1 hour ago, crappie_adams83 said:

And what do you think your advantage would be to carry more tackle 

Two things.

1. I never carry more tackle than most yak fisherman I see. I only need a couple of rods and maybe a spare reel or two. 

2. I don't think anyone is saying that we wish canoes were allowed because we would have more of an advantage. It just that we have canoes and not kayaks. 

Maybe there is an advantage to fishing out of a canoe over a yak. But I would have to see it to believe it. I have fished out of both and while I like my canoe for rivers and camping, I see the value in yaks enough to be in the market for one. I've only fished out of a yak once and it was easier for me than my canoe. Once I own one I might come play and donate my entry. 



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I think we were saying it a little tongue in cheek, but in my opinion, if seriously tournament fishing and trying to maximize your ability to catch fish on a river while floating, the ability to carry four or five rods, all rigged, all right next to your hand so you can grab any of them instantly, IS an advantage.  When I'm floating a river in warm weather, I've got five rods rigged, each with a different lure--and each lure has a different job to do.  For each bit of water I come to--different currents, different cover, different situations--I've got the lure that works best for that water ready to cast.

Let's say I'm floating a good-size stream like the James, and it's up a bit above normal and somewhat murky.  I'm going to have a big topwater on one rod, a crankbait on one, a spinnerbait, a soft jerkbait, and a jig or craw or tube or something like that on one. Drifting in fast water, I'm probably going to be casting the spinnerbait or crankbait because I can make a lot of quick casts, fish it fast, and those lures handle fast water well (at least my homemade ones do).  Brushy, woody fast water, I'm prbably using the spinnerbait because it's slightly more snagless.  Rocky fast water, crankbait.  When it slows, I'm probably going to be fishing the topwater.  If I come to a spot where there's a lot of overhanging brush with good water beneath it, I pick up the soft jerkbait on a spinning rod, which I can skip under the brush and into the brush because it's rigged very snagless.  If I come to a spot that really looks like it could hold some fish in deeper water, I pick up the jig or craw.  Or if I get a blow-up on the topwater that misses, or a missed strike on any of the other lures, I immediately grab the jig rod and toss it where I just got the strike.

I might change during the day if one or all of those lures isn't working.  I might have a different selection of lures if the conditions are different.  But on every float trip I go on, I will use at least four of the five rods a lot, and usually catch fish on each one.

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