Native Watercraft Ultimate 14.5 Solo Fly Fishing Kayak

From Carp on the Fly

The Ultimate 14.5 Solo (in Camo of course) from Native Watercraft is a kayak designed for the fly fisherman. You can stand up in it. Seriously! Only the best!

This photo is of my Ultimate 12.

Native Watercraft puts out one amazing line of boats for fishing.

I have the Multisport version of the Ultimate 14.5 with the “Propel” pedal-powered motor. It is a sit-inside as opposed to a sit-on-top kayak. You can easily stand and fish. Mine has the rudder package installed which makes it easy to track when it is really windy. I’ve added all of the features from the Angler’s package separately (rod holders, anchor trolley, etc.). I also added a color fish finder, spray skirts on the stern and bow as well as a Yak Attack visibility pole with light and flag.

I really love the Ultimate 14.5 Propel and I probably should give it a four star rating but I’ll tell you about the Ultimate 12 which I already know deserves five stars!

After using the 14.5 Propel for a year, I decided to buy a second kayak (you know, for Tracy) and now she has the Ultimate 12 (the camo colored one, of course) without the Propel system.

I went with a 12 ft. version for the second boat rather than the 14.5 for a few reasons:

  1. I already had a 14.5 ft. version. If I was only going to own one, I would buy the Ultimate 14.5 Solo.
  2. Sometimes you just want to go get out on the water by yourself without anyone helping get the yak off the top of the truck and the 14.5 is approaching “too heavy” for one person. At about 65 lbs., I can lift it by myself but I can see that it would be much easier if it were the U12 and 10 lbs. lighter. I haven’t really needed the additional speed or space that the 14.5 affords for the waters that I fish.
  3. The propel unit (pedals on a trolling motor – very cool) is an amazing feature when you are sitting down, moving about and fishing at the same time. When you are standing and sight fishing, there is a lot of stuff between your feet to tangle a fly line. Most of the places I’ve fished recently have been without the Propel unit and I just poled or paddled.

In any case, this is an ingenious boat design and unbelievably stable for standing (and of course, sitting).

I highly recommend that you check out the Ultimate line of kayaks from Native Watercraft in person. Buy the Propel Multisport model if you just want to own the fanciest “pedal boat” around!

My New Guitar

I bought a guitar last week. It is a Martin DX1 acoustic with an electric pickup. I have wanted a guitar since I was a kid. I played on my dad’s guitar back then. My grandfather had a classical guitar. He took lessons and was pretty good. I dropped an Ovation acoustic years ago and that resulted in 9 stitches above my eye. I was never very good. I knew a dozen chords at one point but about 4 these days. I’m working through the lessons on and I just ordered his beginner songbook. I’m at the point now where my fingers are not hurting when I play for more than 10 minutes. If you are interested in guitar, I highly recommend checking out that site.

How To Clear The Apple Mail Address Cache

For years I’ve been frustrated that when I go to address a message in Apple Mail I see old addresses for people or addresses that I’ve typed incorrectly.

Often, I would find that I had sent the message to the wrong person or to the incorrect address. I casually looked for a solution to the problem in the past but not until this morning when my grandfather asked me how to clear that cache did I really go looking for the answer.

Here is the very simple solution.

First, make sure the addresses in your Apple Contacts program (ie: your Address Book) are up-to-date and you have deleted old addresses.

Then, in Mail, go to the tab that says “Window” at the top and choose “Previous Recipients” from the drop-down menu. Clear the ones you never want to see again, or, do what I did and clear them all and start fresh with the new addresses being pulled from your Apple Contacts.

For the record, that’s two Apple Mail problems solved in one day!

How To Clear A Message Stuck In the Draft Folder In Apple Mail

For the past few weeks, I’ve had a message stuck in the Drafts folder of Apple Mail. I am using OS 10.7.2 and Mail 5.1.

I would delete the draft and it would disappear. Then it would reappear after a few minutes or after a restart.

I went through everything I could think of several times and was about to give up and then it came to me… Mail the draft to myself and then delete it!

That worked!

So, if you have a draft message that just won’t delete from your Drafts folder in your email, email it to yourself!


Unsportsmanlike Sailing Ruined More Than A Race

It turned out to be a very short sail yesterday aboard “Dr. Heeks,” a J/24 that races around the buoys on Sunday mornings on Canandaigua Lake. On the third leg of the first race, a skipper who has a longstanding local reputation for his occasionally blatant but often general disregard for the Racing Rules of Sailing, drove his boat directly into the side of “Dr. Heeks.”

The crash amidships was very hard as both boats were on opposite tacks and nearing full speed shortly after a leeward mark rounding. Among sailors this is called getting “T-boned.”

None of the usual yelling of “STARBOARD” occurred this time before the other boat’s pulpit tore through a new headsail just prior to its bow landing on top of us. It stopped at the boom, behind the mast and about 18 inches short of the head of our pit man who at the time was hiked out on the port rail and looking in the opposite direction. The downward impact wasn’t slowed by the lifelines as it pushed a hole through the deck and seriously damaged the interior below.

Neither skipper claimed to have seen the other. It was the incredible noise of the collision that first drew my attention away from sail trimming and to the other boat being so close – close enough to have reached out and pushed the nose off of our cabin top! The other boat quickly slid backward, and with full sails continued on quietly without anyone aboard it saying a word.

Let me repeat that last sentence in a different way.

There was no yelling or screaming. No one on the other boat opened their mouths. No one bothered to ask if anyone on our boat had been injured. They did not pause for even a second to see if we might be sinking.

After the boats were back on dry land, both skippers were rightfully disqualified, our boat for failing to yield right-of-way and the other for failing to avoid a collision. The other skipper didn’t apologize, but he did say he was glad the accident didn’t do any damage to his boat. “Dr. Heeks” was left with thousands of dollars in damages. Replacing the torn genoa alone with a new sail costs $2000.

Accidents happen and thankfully no one was seriously injured. Boats carry insurance for this sort of thing and this should be the end of a story recounting a very unfortunate event. However, none of that story bothered me as much as what happened just a few minutes after the accident.

A minute after the crash, as our crew was double-checking to make sure there were no injuries and while one person was below checking that we weren’t taking on water, while our torn sail was still flapping uncontrollably in the wind… here comes the boat that hit us, under full sail, heading right for us again! This time, the offensive skipper was screaming over and over, “Get out of our way, we’re racing! Get out of the way! We’re racing! GET OUT OF OUR WAY!”

It is this second unimaginable act of unsportsmanlike conduct that should be the reason this skipper should have been disqualified not only from the race, but also thrown out of the series, the season, and if I had anything to do with it, the club altogether.

Carp On The Fly and Kayak Fishing

Aaron Anderson and I have been stalking carp with our fly rods for the past year after he caught one when we were out bass fishing in the Erie Canal near Widewaters Canal Park last June.

We’ve waded and wet-waded, stalking carp from the water.

We’ve taken out the big power boat and stood high atop the fishing platform and sight fished.

We’ve tried to get in practice at a private farm pond that is loaded with carp.

We’ve fished big water and small and we’ve tied hundreds of “carp ciller” patterns that we’ve found online.

Just last month, we saw carp swim underneath our kayaks that had to have been pushing 40 pounds!

A lot of what we tried almost worked but we didn’t have the true success we were hoping for. However, each trip led to more accumulated knowledge about where carp are located, how they spend their time and how they find their food.

We’ve discussed starting our own Carp on the Fly blog like so many others, just to share what we learned, but didn’t think that was appropriate having not landed many of these spooky fish. (Not spooky in a scary way, spooky in that they “submarine” and stealthily sink on the spot to the bottom if they get a hint you are nearby.)

FINALLY the time, fun, sun and diligent, persistant study seems to have paid off!

In the last few weeks we’ve landed 13 huge fish and lost about that many more! On the first of these outings, it seemed like we broke off a half-dozen tippets within the first 30 minutes of pushing off in our kayaks!

When we aren’t stalking trout, salmon and steelhead in Western New York or Virginia with our new Tenkara rods, we’ll be trying to figure out a way to get to some water holding those big carp and convincing them that the “Cherry Jubilee” and “Carp Candy” are worth their effort!

Stay tuned for “Aaron and Bill’s Carp on the Fly Adventures” blog!