SPARTA, TN (February 2017) – The recent MayFly hatch in Sparta TN is big news for the fly fishing community and the kayak industry. Jackson Kayak’s MayFly kayaks – the first kayak made specifically for fly fishing – are emerging from the factory and beginning to move quickly across the United States to retailers now.
“The wait is over and there will be smiles on the faces of kayak fly anglers everywhere as MayFly’s are shipping and hitting the water,” explained Jackson Kayak Product Manager Damon Bungard. “The MayFly was designed from the hull up to address the specific problems faced by kayak fly anglers, from line management to fly and rod storage, and the positive response I’ve received since ICAST on the well thought out features has been overwhelming. It’s always rewarding to see an idea become a reality and the advantages the MayFly brings to fly anglers are very real. The only thing left to do now is grab a fly rod and paddle, and catch some fish.”
This sit-on-top kayak is designed for fishing waters that range from trout streams, to lakes and ponds and inshore flats alike. Jackson has developed a snag-free deck by making it difficult to hook a line around foot rests, storage and other key components, but without losing the Jackson advantage of a great fishing set up. This kayak features some great new fly fishing specific accessories and features like fly patches, fly rod and hidden fly box sized storage.
Kayak anglers will appreciate these MayFly features:
• Thoughtful design to aid in fly line management
• Longer length – 12’8” for increased speed and tracking
• Versatile hull design for flat and calm moving water fishing environments
• Increased width – 35” for enhanced stability while seated and standing, beginner-friendly
• New Elite Seat System with Hi-Low and Fore-Aft trimming for better comfort
• Rod tip tubes to protect gear
• New hinging hatches and footrest designed to be fly line friendly
• Unique fly rod and reel storage options, including padded reel pockets and custom molded features for securely mounting rods pointed forwards or backwards
• YakAttack track systems to add accessories and customize placement within reach
• Standing pad for comfort when sight fishing
• Standard accessories like RAM Mounts® fishing rod
• Designed to easily add on Power-Pole® accessories for customization
The MayFly is a clean and well organized kayak featuring flip-down down and snag-free fly box storage bins with integrated fly patches on sidewalls. An open footwell area makes it easy to stand and move around, and present a snag-free place to strip line.
The MayFly’s longer hull offers a versatile balance of speed and maneuverability. Well-suited for flatwater, it can also handle calm moving water environments common to fly anglers. The wider hull is great for beginners and anglers who like to move between sitting and standing. The new Elite Seat 3.0 System has multiple hi/lo positions and can move forward and aft for self trimming. A Therm-a-Rest® lumbar pad enhances seated comfort. The seat can also be removed for use on shore. Easily accessible storage areas on the deck, and bow and stern hatches to interior storage are secured with hinging hatches. The front hatch is designed as a paddle holder.
This new elite kayak comes with the new Platypus® Hydration System, a new feature to Jackson Kayak’s top fishing kayaks.
The MayFly is now available at Jackson Kayak dealers. Manufacturer suggested retail price is $1,899.
About Jackson Kayak: Jackson Kayak was founded in 2003 by Eric Jackson and Tony Lunt. Located in Sparta, Tennessee, near the Caney Fork River, Jackson Kayak designs, builds, and manufactures leading whitewater, fishing and exploration paddlesports products. With the motto “Build it like it’s your own”, all of their products are Made in the USA in growing support of the local Tennessee economy. Market leaders in both the whitewater and kayak fishing, kayak manufacturing and strong in the exploration sector, Jackson Kayak continues to introduce new product lines each year. Jackson Kayak’s success is largely due to delivering high quality products through paddlesports specialty shops globally; all supported by regional, national and international team members who are engaged to promote the paddling lifestyle.
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