- Oct 30, 2001I wasn't suggesting that a flat bottom boat was ideal for fly
fishing. With very broad generality we have only two flyfishing
specific craft (that don't require waders) one is the Mackenzie drift
Boat, the image of which Diablo did not conjur up. The other is the
flats boat. Of course most boats could be used for FF, and with the
expantion of salt water fishing all over the place, different types
of hulls are becoming pretty necesary.
My point was just that if you want an FF flats boat, or a boat which
allows a simmilar degree of platform for a flyrod, you might want to
consider a flat bottom boat in order to aquire stability. The
ability of a Diablo to firm up with the gunnel near the water might
impress me if the objective was freestyle canoe paddling ;o), but not
so much where serious fishing is concerned.
Of course flats boats are V bottomed, but they are also pretty heavy,
which is their source of stability. A flat bottom boat not only has
greatter form stability, but provides the option of a lower center of
gravity. I can't really see someone poling from a platform mounted
over the motor on a diablo, but I think it might be possible on the
clam skiff series. Anyone who has seen the ad with guy setting his
hook into a passing jet skier, will appreciate the need for
But as I said, if we are just talking about a boat from which fly
fishing might occur, then the sky is the limit as far as options are
--- In bolger@y..., don@s... wrote:
> In what I am reading some people are suggesting that a flat bottom
> boat might be better for stability for fly fishing. I still what
> be able to get the boat on the plane with not to large sized motor.
> I know very little about hull design. Can you get a flat bottom
> on the plane? Do you need more horse power?
> What are the advantages and disadvantages of the V and flat bottom
> What boats would people suggest?
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