It's been a while since I've highlighted new options for those seeking the perfect kayak to go along with their favorite fly rods, but I was reminded on Facebook (I think by Drew Ross) of the new Mayfly from Jackson Kayak.
The Mayfly made its debut at this year's ICAST/IFTD show and is now shipping to dealers across the country. Unlike many of the other kayaks & SUPs highlighted in this series of TQFTUFFK posts, this kayak is designed specifically for fly anglers.
Per the Jackson Kayak website:
"Based on the highly versatile hull of the Coosa HD but with better tracking and even more stability, the MayFly is a fly fishing oriented sit-on-top. Designed for a variety of destinations including tropical flats, slow-moving rivers, lakes and ponds. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by fly fisherman, particularly line management, the MayFly includes myriad design aspects to address the needs of fly fisherman creating the ultimate kayak fly fishing platform. Snag-free footrests and features, protected fly box storage, rod butt props for dealing with tangles, integrated and protected fly patches, and more cater to the high-performance features expert fly fisherman need while being versitile and stable enough to bring new kayak fly anglers into the sport."I know when I take my 'yak out I tend to get my fly line hung up on pretty much anything and everything onboard, so whatever manufacturers like Jackson are doing to help alleviate that bit of user error sounds like a fantastic idea to me!
A few final specs for those of you who like numbers:
- Length: 12'8"
- Width: 35"
- Capacity: 450-lbs
- Weight: 83-lbs
- MSRP: $1899
Hmmm, very interesting...