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Gear to get you fly fishing from a stand up paddle board (SUP)

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Float your fly farther

Casting from the riverbank or shoreline can only take your fly so far. Motorboats, skiffs and kayaks can get you out on the water — but your free range to fling that fly is restricted from a seated position. 

That’s why some experts say the best solution is casting from a stand-up paddle board (SUP). You have a means to explore and fish new water, all while standing on two feet. 

In this guide, you’ll find out how to get started with SUP fly fishing and discover key pieces of gear our experts recommend. 

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Types of SUPs

Your choice of paddle board should be determined by factors such as weight and durability above all else. Inflatable paddle boards are exceptionally portable and easy to store but may not last as long or float as smoothly as a hard board. Additionally, paddle boards that are designed for recreation rather than fishing may not always be the best choice to fish from depending on their shape and features. Here’s a quick look at two of experts’ top SUP picks for fly fishing. 

SUP gear checklist

In addition to your paddle board, there are a few other essential items that you’ll need to consider picking up before you hit the water: 

Fishing gear

Rigging up your rod for SUP fly fishing will vary depending on where you’re fishing and what you’re fishing for. Making a strategy and sticking to a minimalist gear list can help to mitigate frustrations and maximize space on your SUP. 

Hit the water

The best way to figure out what gear you need is to get on the water and give SUP fly fishing a shot. With a little bit of planning and a curated list of gear, you’ll be on your board and hooking up in no time.

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