Do you love fly fishing? Have you ever tried fly-fishing from a stand-up paddleboard? It’s taking paddleboarding to another level that presents both advantages and disadvantages compared to fishing with your feet on the ground, from a kayak, or aboard a boat. Here, Captain Tyler Brady discusses the pros and cons of fly-fishing from a SUP.
Advantages of Fly-Fishing from a SUP
- Elevated Casting Position
- Improved Line Management
Stealth mode is always crucial when fly-fishing, and a SUP offers just that. You can paddle into fishing spots that were otherwise inaccessible and get right in the fish's line of sight.
Elevated Casting Position
Standing on a SUP gives you an elevated casting position that can be advantageous. You can cast over obstacles, reach fish holding deep in the water column, and present your fly in a less likely way to be detected.
Improved Line Management
With an elevated casting position and the ability to rotate your board, you can manage your line much better while fly-fishing from a SUP. This improved line management will result in more successful casts and, ultimately, more fish in the net.
Fishing from Aztron's Polaris SUP. | Photos courtesy: Aztron
Disadvantages of Fly-Fishing from a SUP
Balance (or should we say unbalance)
The main disadvantage of fly-fishing from a SUP is that balancing while casting a fly requires ultimate focus. It takes time to get used to casting and retrieving lines while standing on a moving, unstable platform. We recommend starting in calm waters and gradually progressing to more challenging conditions as your confidence and skill level increase.
The wind is a huge factor to consider when fly-fishing from a SUP. It can create challenging paddling conditions, but it can also affect your casting accuracy and line management. Again, we recommend starting in calm waters and working your way up to fishing in windier conditions.
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