Dude thats when you say it's time for a nice boat. My bass boat only cost 6k, she may be used but she's still near mint. My set up can handle rougher water and I never have to paddle.
A yak should be cheap and for special circumstances only like a canoe, when you spend 10k I think either your rich or you've never head of motor boats?
It's personal preference...I will have the option to get an aluminum boat+trailer+motor for $2500. I will be opting for a Pelican Catch 120. $999. Something where I can fish standing up. Hobies are great but I can't justify buying it with how much time I fish. Kayak fishing is a good exercise as well...
Part of it is that the steelhead fishing is dismal last year after the salmon run...I visit the forum everyday and now new material. I fish hard on any given sunday but I have been very busy with full time work and some side jobs as well. Fishing will come later. I suspect most of us have a lot on our plate other than fishing. It also seems like some of the new members either fade or get driven off. I get some pms about secret spots and techniques and I believe that's what drives most people to sign up. I do share spots because eventually it will be found one way or the other. Whenever I get asked where the good spots are, I always answer with a question...where do you usually fish? then follow up with "that's actually a good area to fish, you just have to learn to read the water and vary your offering". I have fished the rivers and lakes long enough to know you can catch about anything in any of 'em. Learning how is better than Learning where.
Yes they are. Gives a great reach advantage on the larger tribs.... If you are not catching fish, just hold er straight up in the wind. She will bend like nobody's business and make you feel like ur fighting that 20 lb chrome tank we are all there for. When you close ur eyes those wind gusts throw some mean headshakes lol