Damon Bungard 19/06/2013 | Posted in 2013 Kilroy, Fishing, Fly Fishing, Freshwater, Freshwater Fishing, JK Team Posts, Kilroy, Saltwater, Saltwater Fishing, Team JK, Uncategorized
Since launching our new Jackson Kayak Kilroy and releasing theWalkthrough/User Manual video, I’ve gotten a lot of requests about how I personally outfit my Kilroy. I’ve taken some photos of just that, so let’s walk through them and show more of the versatility of this kayak for whatever kayak fishing style best suits your needs.
First, lets talk loading and transporting your Kilroy. My preference is to carry the Kilroy cockpit down, just like a canoe, and I do the same with our other fishing kayaks as well. It rests quite nicely on the cockpit rim. If I don’t have enough rack width to carry multiple kayaks like that, I’ll add in some J-hook style cradles to stand them up on edge while supporting the hull. Before I load it, I remove the hard deck, and either remove the seat or strap it down tight. Secure it with cam straps and you’re off to your favorite fishing destination.
Once unloaded, I’ll start to rig the kayak based on where I am and what I’m fishing for. The first decision is usually whether to use the hard deck or not. As a fly fisherman who likes to stand a lot and sight fish, I will usually put it behind the seat, or leave it in the truck if I’m using a crate system (more on that later). If I plan to casually fish/relax, I’ll leave it on the front. Here you can see it behind the seat, and I’m securing a dry bag underneath it using the floor bungee system. The seat back folds easily allowing access to load and unload gear without removing the deck.
On the front right track, you can see my GoPro camera mounted on a YakAttack Panfish Portrait. On the left rear track, you can see a large net mounted on the YakAttack Screwball/RAM 2007 Jr style rod holder combo that comes standard on the Kilroy. I use a second combination of the same for holding my fly rod behind me on the right rear. I will sometimes add a second GoPro on a RAM camera arm to the track with the net (top photos).
As a fly fisherman, one of the real benefits of the Kilroy is the super clean standing area, with nothing to snag a fly line. With everything in its place, the open cockpit acts like a large stripping basket. If the photos here you can see how everything is neatly stored. In the front right storage area I keep a dry box of camera gear. In the front left I keep my fly fishing kit, a Patagonia Stealth Atom Sling, with a few fly boxes, tippet, etc. It’s taper is perfectly shaped to match the contour of the front of the Kilroy, so it fits in there nicely, while rod tips are protected by the tubes. I leave the nippers on the side facing me so I can just lean forward to use them. It also provides a nice alternate location for the Nalgene to keep water handy, but not snag any fly line.
I keep extra fly boxes, my iPhone in a waterproof LifeProof case, sun protection from 12 WT, etc on the sidewalls, secured by the bungees. In the photo to the left you’ll also notice a YakAttack ParkNPole stake out pole, secured in one of the rod storage slots. You’ll also notice that if you don’t use the front lower extra rod storage bungee on the tower, it makes a great cold beverage holder. I also like to keep large flies in Cliff Bugger Barns, right next to the seat. Some more photos of that are below.
Behind the seat, I like to keep dry bags, or a fishing crate. In this photo you can see both, with the crate behind the seat, and red dry bag laid behind it. I’ll often put wading boots there too if I plan on fishing from the kayak and doing some wading along the way. You can also see a 9 foot fly rod stored on the upper rod storage location, and the ParkNPole stored on the lower. You can get a 9 ft fly in and out of the sidewall rod storage locations while on the water, but its easier with shorter fly/spin/baitcasting rods.
The two photos below show a Jackson crate (coming soon), net, rod holders, etc all stored nicely. The crate is secured by wrapping the floor system bungees around the handles on either side.
In the photo above, you can see how nice and clean the standing area is for stripping fly line. Unlike sit-on-tops, your line remains contained and won’t drag in the water or be pulled out. Line management is quite easy.
Once on the water, there are a few options for paddle management. My personal preference is to scoop it under the bungees on the deck. On the top photo and some others above, you can also see my paddle stored on the side paddle holder. There are also troughs on the hard deck for laying your paddle sideways across it, or scooping a blade on top of it.
The side paddle storage bungee is also a good place to store a stake out pole. In the photo below, you can see how I secure myself using a stake out pole (or paddle blade) without any scuppers. You simply slide the stake out pole or paddle blade down in between the bungee and the side of the kayak.
Stability of the Kilroy is incredible since your center is significantly lower than a sit on top. Standing and fishing isn’t for everybody, but with the all day comfort of the Elite Seat, the choice is yours. If you like to sit and still cast a fly line, the upper position still provides plenty of room to manage the line.
That’s it for now. Hope this has been helpful and thanks for all the interest in the Kilroy. If you have any questions about the Kilroy, please fire away, or go visit your local Jackson Kayak dealer.