There has to be a better way… this thought led to the birth of Western Skinny Water. Just like you, I’ve found my fishing experiences to be less enjoyable as fly fishing’s popularity increases. My favorite local streams are receiving more and more pressure as the community grows, and I’ve found myself standing shoulder to shoulder while casting a fly over the same wary trout. I’ve also spent years casting from kick boats, tippy canoes and taking turns rowing my buddies around lakes in a dory in search of game fish.
In an effort to find new experiences, I launched my quest to find an affordable flats style skiff built specifically for sight fishing. I knew my search was over when I found Mitzi Skiffs, built in North Carolina. The Mitzi Skiff line of boats started years ago, when Tom Mitzlaff couldn’t find the particular boat he wanted. His idea was simple. It needed to have a clean layout for fly-fishing, a shallow draft, and remain quiet yet still be inexpensive to own and operate. Today Mitzi Skiffs are built under those same principals.
Western Skinny Water is building upon the storied traditions of flat skiffs, which are commonly used on salt waters to sight fish for tarpon, bone fish, permit and snook and bringing them to the fresh waters of the west. Whether you’re into skinny water carp, laid up tiger muskie and pike, chucking mice to cruising trout, stripers and wipers crashing bait balls or good old fashioned Hebgen gulpers, there’s a Mitzi skiff to meet your needs. Call me to set up a test run today: and be sure to ask about our guide and fly shop program.