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Tournaments 2019

The list grows every year and 2019 is bigger than ever, and more of us are now competing abroad as well.

Making the decision on which to attend is getting harder and harder.... more

Kayak Projects HOBIE OUTBACK - TOURNAMENT SET UP HOBIE REVOLUTION 16 Rod Rest Anchor Trolley Fitting a Garmin EchoMAP 75sv Finder Bait Cutting Board SideKick AMA Kit Hobie Gear Bucket Camera Mounts Vantage Seat Bag Fitting YakAttack GearTrac Hobie H-Crate Hobie Gear Pockets HOBIE REVOLUTION 13 Fitting a Lowrance Fish Finder Screw Hole Repair Fitting YakAttacks GTSL90 Track System Fitting YakAttack GTSL90 with Rigging Bullets YakAttack BlackPak SeaDek Sound Proofing The Hobie Sail Kit Hobie Sail Reefing Device Hobie Rudder Upgrade Fitting Hobie Sidekicks CAPER Getting Started Fitting a 6" Hatch Fitting a Fish Finder Installing a Flush Rod Holder Installing a Dash Mount Compass Making a Paddle Keeper Fixtures and Fittings List TRIDENT 11 Getting Started Tankwell Hatch Mounting the Torqeedo Rudder Controls Torqeedo Controls TRIDENT 15 Fitting a RAM-117 Rod Holder Fitting a Richie Kayaker S-59 Compass Fitting a Navigation Light Fitting a Humminbird Fishfinder/GPS PROWLER 13 Prowler Seat Upgrade Fitting a Scotty Triple Rod Holder Fitting Ocean Kayak's Flush Mounts Making Rocket Launcher Style Rod Holders Installing a Fishfinder v2 Anchor Trolley System Anchor Trolley System for 2007 Prowler 13 The Crate P13 Fixtures and Fittings List MALIBU II XL Laying Out Fittings Fitting a Gaspachi Hatch Central Cargo Net 4 inch Hatch Scotty Flush Deck Mounts Malibu Rod Mounts PROJECT EXTRAS Scupper Pro Rod Pod Conversion Anchor Line Reel - Paul Fennell (Darnsarf) High Visibility Light Rod Building Hatch Accessory Bag Grapnel Anchor Bait Tank Buoy Leash Petrol Jet Drive Fitting an Eagle Fishfinder Big Game Console Scotty Double Extension Rod Holders Rod Holders and Mount Guide Fitting a Centre Hatch RAM-119SW Fly Fishing Paddle Selector Kayak Fishing Photograph and Videography Kayak Storage Rack SCUPPER PRO Line Tray Experiment

Depending on which kayak you fly fish from, deciding on where or how to strip your line can be a problem, fly line has a habit of hooking around the nearest or sometimes furthest fitting on the kayak and messing up your cast, always when you've seen a fish and feel everything is going so well!

I have found that sitting centrally on the kayak with my legs over the gunwale in the water and stripping into the seat works quite well, but every now and then I get a horrible tangle in the running line, just as I'm shooting the line, which can be a right pain if you hook into a nice fish on the drop!

Line trays have been in the back of my mind for some time, I've used various types when fishing in the surf, even made my own, but have not been happy with any of them, talking to friends and wading through the various fly fishing forums, there are two favourites that come up time and time again. The Orvis Line Tray which is a solid square plastic line tray with cones to control the line (reduce tangles) and a pair of cut outs either side to rest your rod when changing fly or holding your catch. The other is the LL.Bean Line Tray which for some reason has been discontinued and for many US fly fishermen this is the favourite of the two it has a curved front and rear face and its mentioned that it is more user friendly. The LL.Bean has the same style plastic cones moulded into the base to control the line and reduce tangles, it also has cut outs to hold the rod.

Digging a little deeper on one of the forums I found a recent link posted by a gentleman in Denmark he didn't say much, just a link. It was for his website and on it a line tray, the Linekurv which looks very much like the discontinued LL.Bean a short email was sent off, and three days later the Linekurv arrived at my door.

The Linekurv comes with an adjust able web belt, well its designed to be worn around the waist, which will be useful at a couple of marks where I paddle then wade in the shallows. But the idea is to fit the Linekurv to the kayak in someway.

Before making something a little more permanent I have used a pair of short bungee clips, these can be picked up from B&Q ready made, I had one knocking around and made up another with a short piece of thin bungee and a plastic clip.

Utilising two of the Pad Eyes on the gunwale I have attached the line tray to side of the kayak, looping the bunee through the centre belt hole, its in the ideal place for stripping.

It was time for a test at sea. Lyme Bay in relatively calm conditions was chosen.

Once I had paddled into position with my drogue out slowing my drift I placed the Linekurv was connected to the side of the kayak, it sat well resting on the water and at the perfect level to catch the line as I stripped. It couldn't have worked better.

When it came time to retrieve the drogue and move and set up for a drift I stupidly tried to paddle with the Linekurv still connected, it was OK for a few metres and then it started to fill after a small bit of swell helped its on its way to filling. I made a note to remember to disconnect when paddling!



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