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  • In your opinion, what differentiates a good river kayak from a good lake kayak?

     Charles updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 6 Posts
  • Charles

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    My typical fishing is on lakes and I have a Native Titan 13.5 that I love and feel is “perfect” for it. However, I would like to start fishing some rivers and I fear the big titan 13.5 will be a little unwieldy. Especially on smaller rivers. So I’m looking to pick up a river specific kayak. What makes a kayak ideal for rivers?

  • Lichenbruten

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Weight and portability. You have to drag kayaks in rivers sometimes. I do my Slayer 13.5 in lakes and a Ultimate 12 in rivers. The Ultimate is stripped down with no depth finder or accessories.

  • AntsinthePants87

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Weight and stability are important when river yak fishing. You may need to drag yourself over shallow rocks or exit the yak to portage over low flowing areas so weight is important. Stability is really important if you get pinned against a rock in current, so you don’t tip and fill your yak when trying to free yourself.

  • mca90guitar

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    I’ll stick with my ocean kayak trident 11 for local rivers. They take a beating, need to be dragged over shallow areas, dragged up and down banks etc….

    I have my fish finder transducer setup for shoot through so it doesn’t get beaten on rocks. Also use a cheap one since the chances of flipping is much higher than a lake.

  • Daddoesntapprove

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    A shorter kayak will handle better in the river. A longer kayak will track better in a lake. I have a 13 ft that I use on big lakes and a 11 ft that I use on rivers. I also have a rudder on my river kayak to help not touch the paddle as much when I’m fishing. A shorter kayak will be able to traverse rapids easier than a long kayak.

  • michaelb5000

    June 15, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Id try the titan first since you love it. Until you are on some rivers you wont really know what you need or why.

    Rocker helps the boat spin in turns. A shorter length helps too. You may need a narrower boat to get over on edge with the paddle to crank a turn. But that is only if you are in moving water with drops and turns. As others have said you may hit gravel bars or rock gardens and have to drag or carry the boat. Getting the boat to the river and out can also involve steep banks and scrambles.

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