January 16, 2012 at 10:42am
I've fly fished out of several sit-inside kayaks, also known as SINKs. In fact, when I started kayak fishing 22 years ago they didn't have sit-on-tops, aka SOTs, at the time. The two things you want to avoid are lots of torso movement when casting. It's not good when casting in a SINK, which tend to rock a lot more than SOTs. In fact, it's not good when casting standing up either. It can lead to sore back muscles. Learn to control your casts to your upper arm only. A good technique is to practice fly casting sitting down in a low chair. This will force you to confine your motion, but it also is good to develop kayak casting skills. Always stop your backcast at the 12 o'clock position when 'low' casting. That is, never let your hand go past the ear. Learn to develop a sidearm cast of 45 degrees to the horizon. That will come in handy when casting with the wind to your side. Another recommendation: attend a local fly fishing club meeting. Almost all are open to the public, and do casting practice / teaching prior to their meetings. You can check for meeting dates in your area by going to the Calendar Page on www.laflyfish.com.
Hope this helps!