Let’s learn what you need to know about fly fishing kayaks including the differences between a fishing kayak and pontoon, features to look for, and recommendations on great fishing kayaks on the market right now. A kayak can get your more places and on more fish without breaking the bank.
Fly fishing kayaks and pontoons have many similarities but also many differences. The largest difference is in design. A kayak cuts a wedge into the water with the rider (usually) seated within the boat while a pontoon uses pontoons on opposite sides of a suspended driver’s seat.
Pontoons have many benefits. They’re affordable, lightweight, easily stowable, come with easy to access storage compartments, and are much more stable than kayaks. However, they’re bulkier, are more difficult to control, and are easily thrown around in the wind.
Kayaks are also affordable, easy to tow, compact, but they’re much more nimble and faster than pontoons. Kayaks aren’t as stable and don’t have as many storage options as pontoons but if you want to cut through the water a kayak is the way to go.
Now that you know fishing kayak and pontoon basics, let’s preview 9 of the best fly-fishing kayaks (and one pontoon) available right now.