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!

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!

Canadice Lake



Canadice Lake, originally uploaded by sailorbill.

Pre-season bass fishing from my Native Watercraft Multisport 14.5 Propel kayak last weekend on Canadice Lake in Western New York out on a day-trip with several guys who are in the WNYKFA – Western New York Kayak Fishing Association.

Pike, Deep Pond at Mendon Ponds Park

I went fishing with a bunch of guys who fish together in a group called the Western New York Kayak Fishing Association (WNYKFA) today. I caught one nice pike on a crank bait in Deep Pond. It wasn’t very cold but it was windy. No bass in my boat today. One other guy we were fishing with landed a smallmouth out in the middle of Hundred Acre Pond.

Beginner Fly Tying Class

Four of us started an eight-week beginner fly tying class at the local parks and recreation center here in Fairport, NY last night. We were told that we’d be learning the basics by tying “classic” patterns that “work in Western New York”.

I need patterns that work in Western New York!

Although I’ve tied flies for a while, I’ve never taken a formal class. I’ve read a lot of books, bought a lot of fur and feathers, watched a few instructional DVD’s, but mostly gained my knowledge to date watching videos on YouTube!

The class was educational, interesting, occasionally entertaining and most importantly fun to hang out with my fishing buddies.

I’ve already picked up a few tips (ie: hold on to your scissors while you are tying) and we completed two patterns – both steelhead jigs – tied on large hooks with molded heads.

Stay tuned for the whole series!

Chartreuse Marabou Steelhead Jig

Chartreuse Marabou Steelhead Jig

Brown Bleeding Bucktail Steelhead Jig

Brown Bleeding Bucktail Steelhead Jig

Fly fishing at Oak Orchard in Western, NY

Oak Orchard Creek, NY

I’m changing shirts! I always seem to have on this orange Filson moleskin!! I’m sure next time I’ll catch more fish with a black shirt.

This is Oak Orchard Creek in Western, NY, right below the point where the fish can’t go upstream any further – about 2.5 miles from Lake Ontario. (I don’t think they can scale this falls).

I didn’t catch anything but I hooked one and bent the #8 hook pretty good and I did cast at a nice brown and a 4-year-old rainbow (they call them steelheads here) but neither were hungry or I scared them off with the big 8 wt. and #2 hook on a 1x leader!!

Next time… smaller gear!!

I did see 3 steelhead caught on spin gear. They looked like 13-inchers and didn’t put up much of a fight for the guys reeling them in.

Beautiful day here with 53 degrees in December! Nice! Next trip will require steel studs on the boots I’m sure!

Fly Fishing for Salmon on Sandy Creek, NY

Caught a nice female Chinook Salmon this morning on Sandy Creek on the West side of Rochester, NY in Monroe County. I was using a 5 weight Winston Boron IIx fly rod with a 6 lb. leader and tippet fishing with a pink imitation single egg fly. The fish took the fly on the second drift then proceeded upstream for about 50 yards and then acted like a log for about 15 minutes. My friend Bret helped me land her because we didn’t bring a net. Next time… a big net! After the photo op, I let her go.

This little guy followed me all morning

Blurry iPhone shot of the little fawn that followed me down Oatka Creek for about a mile this morning. His mom and sister stayed quite a ways back in the woods but this one was within 20 feet the whole time.