There has been some buzz in the fly fishing for carp community that stand up paddle-boards are the future. The easy-transport-self-powered stand-up watercraft best suited to carp and other flats species. After some research I buy it and am going to join the SUP craze this spring.
Actually though, after some research and thought I think it is very likely (certain) that the best option is actually a Standamaran - or stand up catamaran. Something like this:
The physics are clear (I apologize for going all rocket scientist) - a catamaran design is going to move the bouyancy to the edges and have orders of magnitude more stability than a normal SUP with little or no loss in ease of paddling. There is probably a substantial loss in maneuverability which we probably usually don't really care about. Stability is the key though, and critical for stand-up fly fishing flotation.
Now, there are problems with what I have shown above. First of all the Standamaran in the video costs thousands of dollars, is made of carbon fiber and is designed for racing. As such it is relatively skinny and does not have the maximum stability you would want for fly fishing.
The only recourse is to build one your own. Something like the instructible at this link would do the trick nicely.
Of course, this gentleman made his skinnier than need be as well - which makes sense because his catamaran at 29" would still be much more stable than a very wide 32" SUP but I want all the stability I can get. I also question the long term wisdom of his hollow design. While it looks super-duper easy to build up the pontoons, one pinhole leak and all of your effort is wasted.
So this winter I am going to build this (click to enlarge):
It should take about 300 bucks and more time than I have. Much much more time than I have.