12' 8"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Mayfly Description

The MayFly is a fly fishing oriented sit-on-top, loaded with features to make kayak fly fishing more fun and user friendly. The MayFly has a versatile hull optimized for tracking, stability, and speed in popular fly fishing conditions and destinations, including tropical flats, slow-moving rivers, lakes and ponds. Recognizing the unique challenges faced by fly fisherman, particularly fly line management, the MayFly includes a myriad of design aspects to address the needs of fly fisherman creating the ultimate kayak fly fishing platform. Snag-free footrests and features, protected fly box storage, unique fly rod storage options, rod butt props for dealing with tangles, integrated and protected fly patches, and more cater to the high-performance features expert fly fisherman need while being versitile and stable enough to bring new kayak fly anglers into the sport.

Mayfly Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit on Top / Open Cockpit
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • NEW Elite Seating System
  • Snag free wide open standing area
  • Snag free one-piece foot brace system with line anchor to secure fly line while paddling
  • Large stern well designed for JKooler or Orion 25 Cooler
  • Snag free bungee flip down fly box holders lined with foam
  • Storage for fly gear like nippers, forceps and tippet
  • Integrated fly patch for quick access to flies
  • Bow hatch storage bin for fly vests, hip packs, or others items for easy access when wade fishing
  • Hi-Lo, trimmable seating
  • Aluminum accessory tracks for mounting RAM accessories or a casting brace
  • Raymarine transducer scupper
  • Standing pad
  • Specialized fly rod storage with molded in reel pockets that allow for forward or reverse rod storage
  • Rod butt props to help with line tangles

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Mayfly Reviews

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I have had my Jackson kayak…

Submitted by: paddler770128 on 5/3/2020
I have had my Jackson kayak mayfly for two full summer, coming onto the third now. This kayak is incredible. Extremely fishable, layout works perfectly for myself. I stand and fish with ease. Tracks decently and paddles easily. Open deck is perfect.

have had mayfly for one…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 3/13/2019

have had mayfly for one year. live on a lake fish all the time. yes it is stable and my dog sits behind the seat each trip. ok for standing and sitting and casting.. but it is very heavy and slow. a plank of wood wood do all the same things and not cost 2000 bucks.


Perfect kayak for fly…

Submitted by: paddler421666 on 6/18/2018

Perfect kayak for fly fishing or any fishing! Tracks very well and is faster than expected. VERY STABLE love the ability to stand easily and wide non slip deck. Pockets and trays everywhere and great seat with Thermarest lumbar support! Built in and removalable drybag behind seat makes stowing less needed valuables easy. yak atak tracks everywhere although I would have less. Large stern hold and bow hatch with clever insert tray!! Somebody was really thinking when they designed this fishing machine. ONLY DOWNSIDE: Heavy. At 89 lbs. Most kayaks seem to be going in this direction but would appreciate about 12 lbs lighter!!! Can’t go wrong with this beauty


Purchased my Forest Color…

Submitted by: paddler421666 on 3/13/2018

Purchased my Forest Color Mayfly a week ago and so far have it out twice flyfishing for bass on local lake. In a word: Stable. Much faster than i thought it would be and tracks extremely well even in crosswind, with seat at highest setting. Using a 250cm Manta Ray Carbon paddle, performance is very satisfactory. The seat( with lumbar support!) is out standing as are the fly rod specific rod holders. Standing and casting in yak is easy with the included "pull your ass up" strap! I am still getting used to standing, as I could NEVER do that in my Perception Pecador.

Some really nice features come with the boat: two flybox storage spots, three under seat storage pockets, including one small one between the legs for cell phones, etc, and under seat "drawer" for all sorts of quick need gadgets (pliers etc) , and of course the much talked about foot rest system ( which I LOVE). Jackson includes a rod RAM rod holder, Therma rest lumbar pad, large seat mounted dry bag, HUGE cup holder, an Orion (yeti-style) thermal mug, a plano box, even a durable orange "long load" flag! I added only an anchor trolley and clips for my stake out pole.

There are a few annoying things however: All the Yak Attack tracks have been placed in dedicated flush molded in grooves. They have "ramped" entry points" to slide in gear. Except for three of them! Those are "side mounts" where you must 'tilt' in the nut and wrestle them into position. Strange. had to call the factory to figure that out! Also that drawer I mentioned is not the smoothest. You can loosen two allen heads to free up the track, but the groove on mine was rough. A few strokes with a file and shot of silicone spray under the drawer should take care of that.

Lastly, I got a great deal on mine ( about $350 off) but it is EXPENSIVE, But I think this yak is THE ONE, if you are a flyfisher.