Nucanoe Frontier 10 Maiden Voyage

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Evan and I took the short drive up to Sherman TX a few Sunday’s ago to fish a small lake a friend of mine recommended.  We loaded up and hit 75 north before sunrise and arrived at the lake a little after 6am.  Fall weather was in the air as temperatures were steady in the upper 50’s all morning.  A chilly but welcoming change.  The high for the day didn’t break 80.  A dense fog dominated the lake early on, making it very difficult to see.  Winds were calm for most of the day.

The F10 transport from Tacoma bed to the water’s edge was easy.  A tad heavy but the transport cart definitely came in handy.  Glad I bought it.  Once settled, we quickly started fishing the tall weedlines with poppers.  I was throwing my 6 wt Loop.  One of the main reasons I chose the Frontier 10 was for its stability and ease of fly fishing while standing.  Normally, I would throw my first cast seated but not today.  I confidently stood and fly fished the entire day.  I haven’t mastered walking around yet but that will come with time.

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I didn’t mind the slow morning top water bite.  This trip for me was more about getting comfortable with the new kayak.  Understanding what works, what doesn’t, what accessories do I need, which ones I don’t.  I changed up popper colors ever so often.  Black, then yellow, then green.  Didn’t help, but again I didn’t mind.  Evan and I managed only a few small ones each.  Once the sun surfaced, I switched over to a #6 brown and yellow ozark wooly bugger.  Nothing of any size but I did hook up on the first cast.

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The bite never really picked up and since the fish weren’t cooperating, we spent the rest of the morning goofing off, paddling around and taking photos.  We fished until 11am or so.  Check out Evan’s clever fly rod holder for his car.  It’s attached via magnets, as Jesse Pinkman would endorse.

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Our fishing day wasn’t over by any means.  Evan is fortunate enough to have access to an exclusive low pressure pond that sits within a million dollar housing community.  We took the short 5 minute drive over there after packing up.  Five minutes in, we were on fish.  Not bass but bream…big ones.  Odds are the first fish you ever caught was a bluegill.  Most anglers started their love for fishing targeting this scrappy, piranha-like fighting fish.  I know I did.  Abundant in just about any body of water, they do kind of get lost in the shuffle of Texas fishing with all the other species we’re fortunate enough to have at our disposal.  But pound for pound, ounce for ounce, they probably fight as hard as any other species of fish.  Plus, they can save the day when nothing else is biting.

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I am not a bluegill expert and recently learned of the variety of bluegill species that swim in our Texas waters.  Red ear sunfish, long ear sunfish, red breast sunfish, green sunfish, warmouth, hybrid sunfish – the list can go on.  These scrappy fish are found mostly shallow, ranging anywhere from 2 to 10 feet of water.  If the water is clear enough, you may find hundreds together.

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A one, two, three, or four weight fly rod with a floating line; a 7 foot leader with a 3X or 4X tippet; and a popper is the way to go with a fly rod on most days.  If the bream are ignoring your top water presentations, then other flies like mayfly patterns, spider patterns, or slow sinking flies like non-beadhead wooly buggers are also good on most days.

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This had to be one of my most enjoyable fishing outings in a while.  Fall weather, new kayak, clear water, big bream and great company – you can’t beat that.  In the end, this provided the exclamation point I was searching for on the new kayak.  The Frontier 10 performed perfectly in all aspects.  It’s a solid boat and well suited for my fly fishing addiction.  Thanks for reading.

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7 comments

  1. urbangrizzly says:

    Well done! Those are nice sized fish you have there. I like the picture of the rod carrier you have on the car. Clever! Also, It never occured to me to actually target these fighters with a lower wt fly rod. I might have to purchase a 4 wt or lower, rod and head out. I have a 5 wt R.L. Winston fly rod I found laying in the water out west. Maybe I will put that to good use.

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    • Yea that’s my friend’s fly rod carrier. It’s cool but expensive. I would highly suggest you get a lower weight rod and target gills. So much fun. Those little gills fight hard and the smaller weight rods are a blast. Feels like a tarpon on an uber light rod. I’m actually considering a 2wt as well just for kicks.

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  2. TX Angler says:

    Found you from a comment on Urbangrizzly’s blog. I’m doing the initial investigation before getting in to kayak fishing. I want to buy the right yak. Just wanted to drop in and say I appreciate the blog and will be following to learn more. Thanks

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    • Appreciate the follow. Kayak fishing is an addiction so be ready. It’s lots of fun and such an easy way to get out the water. The kayak community is fantastic too. Lots of cool guys. Head over to the Texas Fishing Forum if you haven’t already and find the kayak fishing section. LOTS of useful info there. What I can tell you if you’re deciding on your first kayak is to demo as many as you can before buying. It’s important you get what you’re most comfortable with. I’m on my third kayak and the first two weren’t for me. I learned the hard way and made the mistake of jumping into the sport too quickly. Shoot me a message if you have any questions. Tight lines.

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