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Troutman
08-02-2010, 08:06 AM
Anyone on here have experience floating E TN rivers with the freedom hawk kayaks? looks to be great for flat water fishing but wonder how they are on moving water with shoals and rocky ledges.
http://www.freedomhawkkayaks.com/products.php

flyaddict
08-02-2010, 07:42 PM
I don't have any experience with Freedom Hawk kayaks but they look like a great idea. If the 14' boat came with the in-line feature that the 12' boats have I might buy one. I have been thinking about buying a kayak but from what I have read they are hard to fish from on a river while the generators are on. I would think that this boat would be better in that regard. I wish there was a dealer near here where you could demo or rent one. If you get one I would like to hear what you think about it.

Troutman
08-02-2010, 08:45 PM
The closest dealer that would probably have them in stock is river supply in bluff city. I was planning on driving up this weekend to check them out and maybe check out the sulph. hatch on the Soho, but had to change plans again. :frown:
I'm also waiting on the new river fishing kayak from Jackson kayak to come out. Supposed to be the best designed kayak for rivers on the market.

Don't think I would take any kayak or canoe out on the river during heavy generation to try and fish from. A fast ride down the river for the scenery maybe. A drift boat or jon with a jet drive, would be much safer.

Bfish
08-03-2010, 09:10 AM
I'm also waiting on the new river fishing kayak from Jackson kayak to come out. Supposed to be the best designed kayak for rivers on the market.

They just had the first press release at the Outdoor Retailer show, named it the Coosa Elite:
http://ors.goexposoftware.com/2010/FORMfields/uploads/pressreleasescurprurl1279772552621382271.jk.ORSMpr esskit.final.pdf

Blake

Troutman
08-03-2010, 09:52 AM
Thanks for the info Blake. I saw Drew's video on his laptop for the prototype when he was here for the Sevierville tourny. Glad someone is actually designing something for river anglers. I sold my aire lynx and very antcy waiting on the Jackson to be released. Gettting tired of lifting my 16ft Mohawk canoe on top of my truck!

kentuckytroutbum
08-03-2010, 10:51 AM
Has anyone tried the Hobie Mirage ProAngler? It looks like it might be a great kayak to fish from. Has a pointy bow which should make track through the water fairly straight, has a broad beam for stability with plenty of storage built in, rod holders, and some other nice features.

Don't care for their funky propulsion system, would rather have a good trolling motor. Here is the link:

http://www.hobiecat.com/fishing/models_proangler.html

I'd like some opinions on this if you would care to chime in. ;)

Thanks

Bill

Bfish
08-03-2010, 01:01 PM
I saw Drew's video on his laptop for the prototype when he was here for the Sevierville tourny. Wish I would have known you were there, as I would have sat down and chatted with you.

I ended up making two critical mistakes that hurt my final score. Also didn't help I checked in a couple minutes late. I pushed the limits but I was on a new to me float so it took a bit longer than I expected. The perils of tournament fishing, should of, could of, would of, :biggrin:

Troutman
08-03-2010, 02:34 PM
Wish I would have known you were there, as I would have sat down and chatted with you.

I ended up making two critical mistakes that hurt my final score. Also didn't help I checked in a couple minutes late. I pushed the limits but I was on a new to me float so it took a bit longer than I expected. The perils of tournament fishing, should of, could of, would of, :biggrin:

I stopped by BPS after work on that friday afternoon before going home. I went by to meet Drew and some of the other guys from the RB forum. I did not fish the tourney but probably could have placed pretty high if I had. I fished earlier in the week and had several 18-19" smallies on the fly from a local river. Not sure how many who competed used fly gear if any.

Kytroutbum, I thought about trying the Hobie, but with the propulsion system on that yak, I would be afraid of busting it loose on a shallow rock in the rivers. There seems to be too much stuff in the cockpit area to grab the flyline also.

kentuckytroutbum
08-03-2010, 03:32 PM
Troutman-

I agree, those foot pedals to run their propulsion system is just too much in the cockpit. If you eliminated that "stuff" and went with a rear mounted trolling motor, I think it would be fine for fly flingin" IMHO.

Bill

JoelO
08-03-2010, 05:14 PM
FlySouth in Nashville carries the Freedom Hawk 12. It looks great and was designed to be able to mount a trolling motor in the center between the 2 pontoons...I think they sell them for $995. The 12 weighs about 50 pounds when you take the outriggers off and 72 lbs all together. The only negative I can see on it might be the extra drag you'd get because of the outriggers.

I have the Native Ultimate 12 (about 55 lbs) and its very stable but its still not something I'd feel comfortable standing up in to fly fish out of...I think it retails for about the same price as the Freedom Hawk. Its probably easier to paddle than the FH simply because it doesn't have any outriggers.

I guess in the end its how much you value being able to stand up and fish out of your craft.

Jswitow
08-03-2010, 05:29 PM
I bought a NuCanoe and am real happy with it so far....... It is kind of like a mini drift boat rather than a pure kayak. It has an anchor system; hole out the rear with eyelets and a cleat system to secure the rope easily. I have test anchored it on the Holston in moving water, and it gently moved back and forth in the current on a 3.5 lb anchor. The anchor was a claw though, which I didn't like, too easy to hang. A friend made one for me out of a 2" piece of bar-stock [ 3.5 lb], haven't used it yet though, so can't say whether it will hold in current. Typically I will just stop it above or below riffles to fish them. It is very wide and stable, wt 59 lb. It sits pretty high above the water, so casting position is pretty good. Might stand in it in flat water, never in moving water. I'll post a picture later. www.nucanoe.com [I think]. I bought it from Applachian Outfitters in Murphy, NC. They have the split pontoon outrigger boat as well.
Best,
John

Bfish
08-04-2010, 12:23 AM
Gary, here is a pic of the Jackson Coosa from Drew at the OR show (bottom boat):
http://i221.photobucket.com/albums/dd189/sbrodie6/39962_565285292092_51102916_33054457_2266726_n.jpg

Troutman
08-04-2010, 08:18 AM
looks pretty slick Blake, can't wait for the local dealer to get one in to demo.

I like the look of the Nucanoe also. Having the option to row or put a trolling motor on it is also something to consider before a purchase.

Tellico Angler
08-04-2010, 10:50 AM
We got Freedom Hawks for sale at Hiwassee Angler fly shop in Reliance, TN. We also got 3 demo boats for people to try out. I took one of the 12 footers out on the Tellico and Hiwassee Rivers and was very impressed. It paddled well and was very stable with the outriggers out. I actually stood up and shook it hard trying to turn it over and couldn't. It's a very stable platform to stand up and fly fish from.