The Slayer XC 12 is the first boat of its kind designed to be comfortable floating rivers, stalking the flats, and paddling open water. The hull of the XC is designed towards cross conditions performance. A broad, flatter hull not only allows river anglers to maneuver and control their boats in tighter conditions while sliding through shallow areas with a very shallow draft, but it also gives an incredibly stable standing platform for sight fishing. When it’s time to cover some ground, a flip of a lever drops a directional skeg to allow the Slayer XC to track on a line to the next spot. The XC maintains a clean deck profile for anglers, but is carefully packed with fish ready features and advanced electronics capabilities for the biggest gear hounds. In designing the XC, we worked with a group of our pro staff to develop not only a layout fit for a pro, simple and clean, but feature rich. No cluttered deck, no tangled lines, just fishing on your mind.
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Had the chance to take it out on lakes and the susquehanna river and flint river handle extremely well due to the retractable skig. A little heavy for a river yak but, not just meant for river meant for all types of water. The drag chain area also a great spot for a river stick or power pole anchor. Taking the middle console out give you a open area for fly fishing or just standing around. Try it out you wont be disappointed.
I am a fly fisherman and I have used the Slayer XC on all moving and flat water. It has performed flawlessly. The kayak has lots of open space for not only standing but also for stripping of fly line. The skeg makes it a joy to navigate on moving water and the hull design bounces off of rocks and logs when going down the river. I love the horizontal rod storage for both fly rod/reels as well as conventional rod/reel combos. Unless I'm using conventional tackle I have the electronics pod out of the yak freeing up the cockpit for fly fishing. The width of the kayak makes it uber stable and that is important as I am 64 years old and don't want to worry about stability. Additionally, it has tons of well space and inside hull space for those 3 day two night river trips.
What an amazing fishing kayak. This is my river kayak. I fish some swift waters with rocks and rapids and it handles everything amazing. The open deck is perfect for having all my gear in front of me. My favorite thing is the drop down skeg. On flat sections, drop it down and she paddles as straight as can be. 10/10 on this one native.
There isn't any one perfect boat just like there isn't one perfect fishing rod or for that matter anything else. But the Slayer XC fits into several paddling kayak categories about as perfect as one can get. It is very roomy with a very comfortable high seat and paddling position. This makes for excellent long days on the water. Also because of the high seat position, one can easily stand and fish or just stretch if you aren't into stand-up-fishing. The market tends to settle on a 12' long boat for most general fishing and this boat fits into that category. It is wide so it is very stable but not the fastest paddling boat compared to longer more narrow kayaks. The hull design is suited for river paddling where very quick turns are need to crank into eddies or spin behind trees. But with the simple turn of a handle well placed on the side, a rear skeg drops down and the boat tracks as well as any 14' long kayak ever thought about tracking...you just don't get the hull speed of that longer boat. What you do get in return is fantastic roominess for moving around in your boat along with areas to store those many rods we tend to carry with us. There is ample room under the seat for tackle boxes, a huge tankwell, a very large removable electronics pod, and truly dry storage under the front hatch cover. There are front rod tip protectors, a paddle keeper, and even molded in rear drag chain channels for river or drift fishing. But wait...there is more that some of the other leading boats don't have...like simple molded in tool keepers and that always appreciated water bottle holder. What makes this boat a keeper for me is that flat out roominess of the boat, the high comfort of the great seat, and that retractable skeg just flat out works. Native has a proven track record with excellent customer service and an unbeatable warranty...something you don't get from any box store. I guess one last thing I'll add is that this boat also works for really large fishermen. It can easily handle larger people that used to have about only one other choice for a paddling kayak that is stable and roomy.