According to the “Outdoor Recreation Participation Topline Report of 2014“, both SUP and Kayak Fishing are experiencing huge increases in participation. In fact, these activities are ranked 3rd and 4th fastest trending sports in the outdoor industry. This report reaffirms two of our fundamental reasons for founding SUP OnTheFly:
- The stand up paddle board industry is exploding.
- Fishermen are actively seeking a lightweight, agile, self-sufficient means to access fish.
The SUP OnTheFly’s Guide provides water access to people who have never been able to logistically and economically get out on our lakes, rivers and oceans. SUP is changing the face of recreational water use.
SUP and Kayak Fishing lead the pack in fastest growing activities in the Outdoor Industry
Benefits of kayak fishing and sup fishing vs. wading
Though wading is the most common way to fly fish, there are times when it is highly advantageous to fish from a watercraft. In many states, fishing private waters involves not touching the river bottom, which necessitates a boat. But many rivers are very shallow, making traditional fishing vessels obsolete. Both fishing kayaks and fishing SUP’s are perfectly suited for thin water.
In lakes, wider streams and on the flats, a fishing kayak or fishing SUP provides mobility to quickly and easily reach the places where the fish are.
Benefits of kayak fishing and sup fishing vs. fishing from a boat
Both fishing kayaks and fishing SUP’s are typically less expensive, easy to transport, easier to store, and easier to maintain than fishing boats. They are also highly portable and are easy to get to lakes and steams without a trailer. The new inflatable SUP OnTheFly Guide provides an option for people who do not have a truck, trailer, or rack to haul a boat. The SUP OnTheFly Guide can even be checked as baggage on the airline.
So which is better? SUP fishing or kayak fishing?
The answer to this question depends on a variety of factors including the type of vehicle you have, storage options, the type of fishing you are doing and whether you are more comfortable sitting low in the water or having the ability to stand up or sit down. In more open water conditions with heavier wave activity, a kayak is generally more comfortable. In most other conditions anglers tell us they prefer SUP fishing to kayak fishing due to the freedom of movement, better viewing, and overall comfort.
What makes the SUP OnTheFly Guide ideally suited to SUP fishing?
The SUP OnTheFly Guide is easy to transport, set up and store.
When looking for an SUP for fishing, ease of transport is critical. The SUP OnTheFly Guide rolls up easily, packs away easily and fits in the back of just about every car or truck. The Guide SUP also comes with the highest quality bag on the market. The Guide’s bag has roller wheels for easy transport on hard surfaces. Sturdy backpack shoulder straps allow for easy transport on trails, over uneven rocky ground or across sand.
The SUP OnTheFly Guide is easy to set up, inflating in 10-12 minutes with a hand pump. It also comes with a small electric pump that attaches to the cigarette lighter of a car. The electric pump will inflate the board approximately 80%, allowing the board to be inflated the rest of the way to 13-14 PSI with a hand pump. For extra easy inflation, the SUP OnTheFly 12 volt electric pump is an accessory that connects to a car’s battery or cigarette lighter. Dial the desired pressure, press start and the pump will shut off automatically when the desired pressure is reached.
SUP OnTheFly also offers two high-quality 3-piece travel paddles. Both paddles break down for easy storage. They are constructed with a 45-degree angled offset where the paddle pieces join, creating an ultra-secure, anti-twist contact. The black SUP OnTheFly Carbon Fiber 3-piece travel paddle is constructed of 100% carbon fiber and has superior strength to weight ratio. The white SUP OnTheFly Fiberglass 3-piece travel paddle is visually appealing and shows up very well on the water.
The SUP OnTheFly Guide has d-rings in the perfect place to outfit the board with an SUP OnTheFly 25 qt. Cooler. The cooler can be utilized for gear management. The SUP OnTheFly 25 qt. cooler provides an increased level of comfort as the angler can sit down when tying on flies. It is also useful in lowering center of gravity in wavy conditions or when going through small rapids on the river.
SUP boards designed for fishing – with increased features, and stability – are enhancing the outdoor river / water experience. SUP fishing is capturing a lot of the momentum being enjoyed by kayak fishing. Once anglers have the opportunity to experience the additional mobility and comfort SUP fishing offers, we will see more and more SUP boards like the SUP OnTheFly Guide on the river. We encourage you to get on a SUP board and try it out for yourself!