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I have an ELie 130. I have seen reviews and videos of this kayak. It isn't a high dollar kayak but it works perfectly for me. I'm wondering how many people stand in their kayaks. I'm not as agile as I once was but I think I can stand up in mine. When I bring it back to the launch I generally stand up to exit the kayak. This is a bit sketchy because if I tilt or lean the kayak can easily squirt out from under me. What takes the most effort is getting to the standing position. This requires several stages of even hand pressure on the side coordinated with the same of moving forward while bending the knees. I suppose a rope from up front would help a ton with this.
I guess I just need to get out into an area that is deep enough so that when I fall in I don't go waist deep into the muck. Some ties to the rods, paddle etc will also have to bee brought along.
 

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I'm fairly new to the kayak scene, but mine proports to be a standable kayak. I've tried it out just to see, and I'm not real enthusiastic about it. I'm short, with good balance, but I just can't see myself risking standing while casting from this thing! What I HAVE done as far a standing, is to find a secluded, hidden spot to stand up and relieve myself.
 

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A bunch of them have a strap from the front of your feet to help stand. I wonder if the one I am building will be stable enough. But as you surmise, it will be more about whether I can stand up or not than whether it is possible. I have pretty good balance, but the knees aren't what they used to be. Actually the left is pretty close after the surgery, but still not what it used to be. If you can make it up that crazy ladder at the midway you can stand in any kayak.

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I have an native ultimate 14.5, and I stand all day in it. Granted, you must overcome your sea-legs and get used to standing in something less steady than the land underneath you.


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I rarely stand to fish, having balance that's not that great (me, not the kayak). I wonder if I'd run into a rock while concentrating on fishing and fall off. I stand frequently to read rapids before I get to them, and that has really helped me pick my lines. I also stand to stretch, and even sometimes to remove my lures or the lures of others from a tree. Even though I don't stand a lot while actually fishing, the ability to stand in the kayak really comes in handy a lot of times.
 

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I haven't tried yet, but I'm pretty new to the sport and have only been out twice so far. I'll be standing soon, question is, will I have to build outriggers? TBD
 

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I liked standing up in my manta ray 12

I don't like standing up in my revo. I do it but it's far too tippy for my liking. However, with the outriggers it's as stable as a raft. I can throw a big cast net from it no problem with outriggers.
 

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It may be useful for sight fishing but for standing and casting to one area I would rather be sitting. I can make quick adjustments constantly with my paddle across my lap. The wind also blows you around a lot more standing up.
 

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The closer you are to the water, the less you'll spook fish. Part of the beauty of kayak fishing is that it's a great sneak boat. You start standing up and casting shadows, you might as well get back in a bass boat or roll up in there in a Carolina Skiff with a T-top.
 

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I stand in my native ultimate all the time. Like one other poster said, its a mental game to get comfortable standing for me. The kayak has never gone out from underneath me.
 

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A lot of people think standing up allows better sight casting. I suspect one would need to make sure they are not casting their shadow before their Lure.
I am wondering about outriggers? I doubt I would ever get them because I bet they are high dollar. If they seem beneficial and I thought I would like them then I would make some from foam for a trial and glass them is I found them useful. I saw pics of people using a single outrigger so are these popular?

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I fly fish almost exclusively, and thus the main reason I prefer to stand. I have a good friend who built outriggers out of PVC and boat bumpers. He was able to stand easily in a 12' walmart kayak and sight fish to tailing carp to his heart's content. Outriggers don't have to be expensive.


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A lot of people think standing up allows better sight casting. I suspect one would need to make sure they are not casting their shadow before their Lure.
I am wondering about outriggers? I doubt I would ever get them because I bet they are high dollar. If they seem beneficial and I thought I would like them then I would make some from foam for a trial and glass them is I found them useful. I saw pics of people using a single outrigger so are these popular?

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The hobie kit is $170 online. I'm sure a PVC outrigger can be made for under $30 though
 

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What fish see the best is anything that actually disturbs the surface; a kayak approaching is visible from much further away than my shadow reaches except very early and late in the day when there are shadows all over. The most likely reasons I would want to stand are because I am not getting bites where I am so I want to look around or I want to cast the net or just stretch for a minute. Spooking fish would be a concern if I stood at certain times, but there are lots of reasons to want to have the option IMO.
 

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I have an Ultimate and an Amigo and I stand all the time. I love standing up and working my way around. Plus it is nice to be able to stretch my legs and hips and just change positions. I even throw my cast net from standing up in either boat. Makes it easy to catch bait then dump them in the boat and put them in the bucket. It's also a lot easier to sling a fly rod from a standing position so I am learning that as well. I can also cast a lot farther with my spinning rods if I am standing.
 

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Part of the beauty of kayak fishing is that it's a great sneak boat.
Absolutely. So much so that last Saturday I was paddling slowly around stalking reds at low tide. Just off the bow of my kayak I spotted a redfish. I dangled my she dog in the water and it came up and ate it. It literally came up and ate and went back to the bottom. I sat and looked at this redfish sitting there with a pink she dog in it's mouth. After a few seconds I set the hook and only then did it take off. Unfortunately it pulled the hooks 45 seconds or so in the fight. This took place in about 8 inches of water. Talk about stealth
 

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Stand in my eagle talon no problem. It is tippy and requires concentration but i manage to fly fish upright with no problem. The wind does catch your body and moves you more than sitting. I made a rack to keep a pole or my paddle within inches of my grip
 
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