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Hey Guys, new to the forum and to fly fishing. I reside in Houston but been fishing (conventional tackle) in Rockport TX for a couple years inconsistently and ready to take the fly fishing plunge. fished out of kayaks on the flats and will be getting the skiff one day after and amazing days sight fishing reds. Until skiff day, i had the idea to build my own SUP i could use to cruise the canals, let the wife do her yoga on it, but mainly so i could fly fish from it.
its a hollow frame wood design, so i have lots of play when decided what accessories to add to the board. but once i glass the board there is no going back,
so asking y'all for any tips or recommendations for accessories on a SUP that could be drawn from the skiff world (dont think ill need jack plates yet) that are Fly oriented.
thinking about flush mounting some yakattack tracks into the wood or using their SUP leash plug adapters to add accessories. maybe even micro pole?

excited about the board here are pics of the build process so far. mostly cedar with a few pine strips for contrast, will prob end up being 11' to 11'-6",
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Cool.
I've been thinking about the same project. I'm thinking, you're doing.....cudos.

Your lofting/ribs look pretty good. CNC,kit?

If/when I do it, the one feature that I've seen and thought I would incorporate in my project was a false deck on the front 1/3 of the board. This deck sat about 3'' or so above the regular deck along the centerline and curved down to the gunwales. Think about a bath slipper. Seemed like a nice place to stash wade shoes, dry bag, fly box, etc. May even be able to slide the rod sections under there and keep them from being stepped on. Sounds easy in thought, not sure about in practice.

Are you planning to fill your board with foam?
 

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thanks Clam, used my buddy's garage level CNC for the ribs, got the plans off of Jarvis Boards in Austin,
thats not a bad idea, Jarvis actually has plans for a board (bath slipper, lol) like that on the website. little custom add ons and you will be ready
Jarvis San Jacinto model
this is my first time building anything that floats so i stuck with the simpler model, although i am worried about the potential hull slap of a flat bottom board.
not doing foam, gonna leave it hollow with some vents to keep the fiberglass from peeling. its a big board so should float fine with me and a small cooler. right now, planning rod holder, cooler tie downs and maybe a anchor trolley system, although id rather the micro power pole.
 

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There is a plan for a Everglades poling skiff in the book Gladesmen. I have wondered why someone hasn't done exactly what you are doing. Nice work.
 

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Hey Guys, new to the forum and to fly fishing. I reside in Houston but been fishing (conventional tackle) in Rockport TX for a couple years inconsistently and ready to take the fly fishing plunge. fished out of kayaks on the flats and will be getting the skiff one day after and amazing days sight fishing reds. Until skiff day, i had the idea to build my own SUP i could use to cruise the canals, let the wife do her yoga on it, but mainly so i could fly fish from it.
its a hollow frame wood design, so i have lots of play when decided what accessories to add to the board. but once i glass the board there is no going back,
so asking y'all for any tips or recommendations for accessories on a SUP that could be drawn from the skiff world (dont think ill need jack plates yet) that are Fly oriented.
thinking about flush mounting some yakattack tracks into the wood or using their SUP leash plug adapters to add accessories. maybe even micro pole?

excited about the board here are pics of the build process so far. mostly cedar with a few pine strips for contrast, will prob end up being 11' to 11'-6",
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It will be amazing to land your first fish on this when it’s done. Saying to yourself, wait. I built this? Amazing. Keep up the good work. Good luck 👍
 

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One thing I wish my SUP had is a vertical paddle holder similar to Bote boards, but behind me. Power pole would be awesome, I’ve been using a stick it pin for years and it’s a hassle to pull up while maintaining balance. What is the targeted weight of a wood SUP?
 

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Nice project.. I wish I had a shop with tools. Always wanted to build one of the Chesapeake Light Craft Kaholo with some slight modifications, little deeper v-entry bow and a wider tail, with a custom shallow water fin setup.
They offer classes where all tools and parts are available to different builds.

I would suggest some tie-down points, like leash plug inserts but large ones, so you could secure a small drybox/cooler to stand on for poling and/or sit on to take a break, re-rig...

I don't really fly fish from mine but the DrafonFly 13'6" has a great design with a clean forward deck area,
 

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As someone who has fly fished from a SUP...my advice would be to keep it simple with as few accessories as possible.

I strapped a small Yeti to mine and attached a rod holder to it. A couple of tethers for a paddle and the stake out pole that also doubled as a push pole. That was it.
 

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It will be amazing to land your first fish on this when it’s done. Saying to yourself, wait. I built this? Amazing. Keep up the good work. Good luck 👍
thanks Reed, yeah im excited to do this, was wading on a flat by Lydia Ann lighthouse in port aransas this weekend thinking the same thing.
 

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One thing I wish my SUP had is a vertical paddle holder similar to Bote boards, but behind me. Power pole would be awesome, I’ve been using a stick it pin for years and it’s a hassle to pull up while maintaining balance. What is the targeted weight of a wood SUP?
Hound i was looking and the Bote paddle sheathes and thinking how i could replicate that exact thing, will have to dial down the transition from paddle to fly rod and make sure i can do it quickly and quietly.
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looks like that would be hell with line management, but maybe like you said put it aft
 

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One thing I wish my SUP had is a vertical paddle holder similar to Bote boards, but behind me. Power pole would be awesome, I’ve been using a stick it pin for years and it’s a hassle to pull up while maintaining balance. What is the targeted weight of a wood SUP?
final weight without me or cooler, should be around 40, mostly cedar which is light weight wood
 

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re. paddle sheath, I use a pretty $$ full carbon paddle and always thought the slot Bote has for the paddle looked like an easy way to break the tip off the paddle.. with it in front like the Bote has is in the way of any fishing, worse for fly fishing, and aft it would almost have to be vertical and that might prove to be hard to keep the paddle from leaning/falling sideways.
The transition from paddle or push pole to casting is always kind of awkward.
 

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The Bote Rackham has two different scupper anchor points in the board itself. My buddy fishes his rackham compared to my HD those two scupper holes that you can put an achor stick through are 100% worth the extra cost - time and effort in your case.

Being able to stake out easily and quietly while there is a school of reds headed your way is a huge advantage.

I don't use my tackle rack often. Most of the time I end up wearing a sling pack and set my fly rod in between my feet. I often bring a 2.5 gallon bucket with a slit cut in it to set the rod with line stripped out into the bucket. It definitely allows me to pick up and take quicker shots than if I didn't have it.

I haven't fished a board with yakattack racks on it. But have heard of them sometimes catching flyline. Not necessarily trying to steer you away from it. But if the deck isn't flat the fly line will catch it wayyyyyyyy more often than you think.

Hope this helps!
 

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Brandon thanks, I like the small bucket idea for a strip basket/rod holder, definitely cheaper that a strip mat or something and great option for rod placement, good call with the yakattack rails, i thought mounting them flush would prevent line snare but now that i think about it, strategically placed leash plugs and the (Yakattack SUP Adapters) will be better. i can adjust and remove accessories as i use the board differently. definitely want to be able to remove all accessories for a clean look for paddling only, and then mount the necessary gear for fly and conventional fishing.
bare bones for fly fishing, little more gadgets for conventional
 

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re. paddle sheath, I use a pretty $$ full carbon paddle and always thought the slot Bote has for the paddle looked like an easy way to break the tip off the paddle.. with it in front like the Bote has is in the way of any fishing, worse for fly fishing, and aft it would almost have to be vertical and that might prove to be hard to keep the paddle from leaning/falling sideways.
The transition from paddle or push pole to casting is always kind of awkward.
dang Crash, that didnt even cross my mind for the paddle breaking in the sheath, i will be making my own paddle too so would be pretty upset about snapping it.
you think the $$ was a good investment for the carbon fiber paddle? been going back and forth on spending the money, can always just do it at a later date i guess
 

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Nice project.. I wish I had a shop with tools. Always wanted to build one of the Chesapeake Light Craft Kaholo with some slight modifications, little deeper v-entry bow and a wider tail, with a custom shallow water fin setup.
I finished my board about a year ago. If I were to do it again I would have opted for the 12’ instead of the 14’. Also would have sprayed the bottom with 2 part paint.
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