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    Default Hobie Mirage Drive Kayaks

    VEE was on a Women's Fly Fishing Weekend (4 Days) recently and saw some folks with Hobie Mirage Drive Kayaks. Much faster and seemingly easier to get around in than her float tube. Any opinions from actual users? Are they worth the money?

    Help a stream fisherman out here folks.

    REE
    Happiness is wading boots that never have a chance to dry out.

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    I have one. Awesome! Decked it out with rod holders and color fishfinder (thru-hull mounted transducer), also have a handheld GPS mount, haven't attached it yet.
    They are quick! They are stable. They are also somewhat heavy...I think mine, unloaded, weighs around 70 lbs. I use the 2-wheeled cart that plugs into the bottom for getting in and out of boat ramps/canoe launches quickly.

    For small shallow streams...might not be the best choice. For deeper streams and rivers with moderate currents, or lakes..or ocean, they work really well.
    My advice...try one and see what you think! They aren't cheap, so make sure it'll work for you.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    I've had a Hobie Revolution for about three years now & the more I use it the better I like it. The feature I like the best is the ability to fish & pedal at the same time keeping you fly in the water longer than otherwise would be possible. Going against the wind it's easy to work a shoreline pedaling as slowly or as fast as you want. Going with the wind I can drift with the wind, steer with the rudder & pedal as needed. I find it has good agility for all but the tightest spots where you might have the get out your paddle. I'm very happy with the speed & stability. I have plenty of space for all the stuff I need for a full day on the water. I've been out in 15 - 20 mph winds and the Mirage drive generates plenty of power to go against them at a decent but not fast pace. I don't think I would go out in stronger winds.

    You can only pedal forward so if you need to go backward or sideways a bit you need you use the paddle. If there are emergent weeds in the area you need to pay attention as these can catch on the pedals or rubber. The fins on the Mirage drive are basically self clearing with not much help needed. The rudder is harder to clear but not that much trouble. If some are caught on it I raise it and they drop off. Usually I can avoid trouble by just steering around them & using short, shallow strokes with the Mirage Drive to keep from catching them in the first place.
    All in all I think the Revolution in an outstanding kayak for fishing or just plain having fun.

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    Looks like I may have to find a dealer near here so she can test drive one to see if she really wants one. Heck, I may give one a try myself.

    Thanks for the info guys, it's appreciated.

    It's much cheaper than the last boat she had her eyes on. A 20 foot jet sled for zipping up and down the steelhead rivers. That was a measly $23,000. No, we didn't actually get one.

    REE
    Happiness is wading boots that never have a chance to dry out.

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    You would like that Hobie, but you NEED that jet sled! Probably should get both.

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    Cool Hobie mirage drive

    I bought the Outback when it came out. I love it. Everything above is true. You need the jet sleed to transport the Hobies to places that would take to long to paddle to.

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