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Kayak Angler web editor Ben Duchesney sends out a cast while soloing in the versatile Flycraft USA Stealth. Photos: Ben & Harry Duchesney

Paddle it, row it, inflate it, fish all day; the Flycraft USA Stealth can do it all.

It's not a fishing kayak, but you can paddle, row, buzz around with a motor on it, blast through rapids and fish all day long in the Flycraft USA Stealth. After I first saw this inflatable boat months ago, I couldn't wait to get my hands on one and test it for myself. Once it arrived earlier this spring, I inflated the boat and after about ten minutes of getting it ready, tossed the lightweight craft onto my truck's roof (yea, it's really that light) and off I went.

My first moments at the sticks, you row the Stealth most of the time (though you can paddle it quite easily), were as clumsy as a newborn fawn, but soon I got the hang of it and was spinning the boat around like a premadonna ballerina. The boat spins on a time, perfect for casting to that rising fish that always seems to appear directly behind you.

 Rowing the Flycraft USA takes getting used to, but it is a super agile craft

This is a great way to fish. The two rotating, pedestal seats, much like a bass boat, are very comfortable and are the perfect hight for comfort, but also for spotting fish far away. The drop stitch floor inflates to rock solid so you can stand on it all day long without feeling like you're trying to stand on a soft pool toy. The sides also get firm enough that you can sit or stand on them if you're looking for those extra inches of height to see a far away school of fish. 

 The frame is rugged and sturdy, like the rest of the boat's contruction, ensuring heirloom quality and also plenty of mounting points for your rod holders or cameras. The cage that sits on the back of the frame is huge and perfect for securing any gear that you need to access quick, or have tightened down for the upcoming section of whitewater. This boat is rated for Class II whitewater, and I'd be tempted to see what it could do in Class III, with experienced paddlers. This is hands down the only drift boat I'd buy if I lived in a river town. Even though I don't, this is still one of my favorite boats out there on the market. 

The Flycraft USA Stealth offers a super stable casting platform for all day fishing

For more information about the Flycraft USA Stealth, check out their website, flycraftusa.com

Watch the video below to see the Flycraft USA Stealth in action!

 

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