Stand up Montana fly fishing is quite combo for a fun and adventurous fishing trip. The stand up paddle board also known as SUP is stable enough to fish on, a great work out, a fun adventure on the rivers and flat out something new everyone should challenge themselves to try! We recommend to try this method out on the Yellowstone River, the flow is gentle and the fishing is hot. Even using a spin reel is common for beginners in transition to fly fishing. The best way to handle a rod and a paddle is to strap a milk crate or similar storage onto the board and then even use it for a stripping basket while you fish. Now it is easier than ever to surf some rapids in between the fishing holes! We also suggest to use the soft foam boards that won’t get so damaged by rocks and not to mention they are light and easy to load up on top of a car or truck.
Check out the videos below to get your gears turning on this idea!
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The biggest concerns for stand up river paddle boarding is safety. Everyone needs to use the same precautions as kayaks and rafts. You should never go alone, always have the essential safety gear and know what to do in any given dangerous situation.
Vital Safety Guidelines for River Stand Up Paddle Boarding
- Never Go alone.
- Always go with someone who has gone on the river and rapids previously.
- Always scout rapids before you hit them.
- Read the river for logs, rocks and shallow areas.
- When falling, try to fall on to the board.
- If you fall in the river, get your feet in front in the seating position using your arms to keep your head above water.
- It is best for beginners to start out on their knees.
- Essential safety gear includes; life jacket, helmet and safety waste strap leash.
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