Looking for opinions on the Hobie Mirage iS9 inflatable boat. Anyone have experience with it as a fly fishing boat?
I'm looking to sell both my Mad River Canoe and my fly fishing pontoon boat and replacing it with an inflatable kayak with some sort of foot propelled drive.
Why? Can't take a canoe and RTT so my canoe has mostly stayed stored in the ceiling of my garage for over 5 years. The pontoon, while stable and quick, isn't in tune with my casting rhythm. It seems every time I'm on a school of fish I get a single cast before I drift away. I could add an electric motor, but calculating my power requirements it just won't work to charge while remote.
Use: Mostly in mountain lakes flyfishing for trout. It will likely only see coastal waters once or twice in it's lifetime. I'm not a rough weather fisherman - I like calm lakes.
Requirements: Inflatable, tough, stable, pedal drive of some sort, 10 feet or less, carrying capacity of (people and gear) of around 300 lbs or less.
Any thoughts on the Hobie or the Mirage drive are appreciated.