|Dragonfly Boatworks Dragonfly 12 paddle skiff|
In the south, I'm known as Blue Boat Mark. Not really. But when I'm there, I do rock this badass paddle skiff from Dragonfly Boatworks.
My Dragonfly 12 is an earlier model of the "Techie" and was specifically designed for fly fishing. It has a clean hull with little to nothing to get your line caught on. There is an insane amount of storage in a huge water-resistant compartment which is insulated and can be used as a cooler. There is also an insulated circular rear compartment that can be used for storage or a live well. The deck has grippy foam for your feet and 3 tracks for attaching the cooler and an endless amount of accessories.
Dragonfly Boatworks is a flats skiff company and you can see the style reflected in the hull of their paddle boards/skiffs. The seafoam color screams Florida to me but you can order them in a variety of colors.
Fly fishing from a paddleboard is amazing. It takes some practice but once you get it, there is no sneakier way to cruise the flats, canals, and lakes of Southwest Florida or wherever you are. You see some crazy stuff that you'd never see in a larger craft. Some of what you see in FL will scare the shit out of you. I would love to have one for carping in Montana!!
I also want to give a shout out to West Wall Outfitters in Port Charlotte, FL for hooking me up with the boat and giving me way too much fishing information. These guys are one of the only real fly shops for miles (so weird to me) but I'd drive past others to go to West Wall. They have a great selection of kayaks for any type of fishing or recreation, fly tying materials, flies, leaders etc., groups and classes, and friendly staff that wants to see you happy and catching fish.
I can't wait to go buy some redfish flies from West Wall and fish on the blue boat in the Florida sun!