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LeonR

Kayak flyfishing

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Hi I am new to this forum and would appretiate any info on where to flyfish from a kayak around the Eagan area.

I grew up flyfishing in salt water si trout does not interest me at all but I am thinking of fishing for Pike or any other fish.

Any and all advise will be very welcome

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I'd say, "Dude, where CAN'T you?" Any old lake will do, and you have upstream capability so you could fish the rivers without a shuttle. But if I were a kayak guy (I have been but ain't no more) I'd look for the lakes with access but no ramp...for bass or northerns they'll be underpressured. Also you can push that 'yak up into the edges and areas where the bass boats won't go. Consider the Mississippi, too (see the Miss North board.)

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I would suggest looking for any small ponds associated with creeks in your area. I think 9 mile or Purgatory creek runs down there. These ponds will likely hold large carp and they are the king of freshwater fly fishing in my opinion.

I fish them just like bonefish, permit or redfish, depending on the conditions. If you want to try, I can suggest some flies and techniques.

If I can figure out how to post pictures on this site I'll show you a 12-13 pounder laying across the entire cockpit of my kayak.

A 15-20 pound carp will pull you around and possibly tip you in the drink so be careful.

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Welcome to the FM!

Carpboy, how do you secure your rods? I've been thinking about getting a kayak for these trout lakes up here in the Arrowhead.

Nice fish! Those carp really fight.

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Thanks for the welcome. I like this board.

I have some cargo bungee cord thingies that are permanently attached just in front of me. It is not the perfect solution but it works good enough.

I am considering making or buying a holder for along side of me.

Tony

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Is that a regular whitewater kayak? I might be able to buy one from a friend but I want to make sure that it's fishable first.

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I just moved to St. Paul and this looks like a great way to take advantage of the Twin Cities fishing opportunities. Is there a good place to find a used kayak anywhere nearby?

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If you're looking for a kayak to fish out of, seriously consider a "sit-on-top" style kayak. kayakfishingstuff.com has all the info you need for choosing and rigging a kayak specifically for fishing. It also has some good deals on new and used kayaks, and good forums for asking questions.

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Here's my kayak. Can't say I've flyfished out of it yet. But it handles fishing quite well, especially with a partner.

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I guess I should also add, that you see the slots on the side? That is where you can put your rods and bungie them in. I just bought some rod holders out of Cabelas and will install them before this weekend smile.gif

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