There is no question that no matter where you go fly fishing in any part of the world, access to the best fishing can be a challenge, especially if you are on the DIY program. However, that problem has recently been much easier to tackle with the invention of the inflatable Stand Up Paddleboard. To make things even easier, the newest SUP inflatable technology gives anyone an affordable, transportable and reliable option.
Although I encourage you to rush out and buy one, you should think about some accessories that will make your SUP Fly Fishing experience even better. So, let’s say you go out and buy a Boardworks Badfish you will need at least a sectional paddle and if you really want to be sneaky, you should get a push pole like the Stealth Stick from Cataract Oars. The Stealth Stick is also sectional and a great option for traveling, especially if you are going to hit the saltwater flats. You should also consider purchasing a cooler to fit on top off the SUP which will obviously keep your beverages cold and frosty but can also give you a casting and poling platform, as well as a place just to sit down and take a break. I recommend the 50 Quart SUPonthefly Custom Board Cooler for this purpose as it is incredibly well engineered and even has a soft integrated foam mat top for comfort.
Make sure that the board you choose has D-rings for you to strap down all your gear and if you really want to make camp, let’s say on the bonefish flats of Boca Paila, Mexico, you should bring along a couple of folding camp chairs. If you want to be a true FLATS RAT, this is the set up you should consider.