How small is small. A couple of ponds/ lakes I fish here in Wino country don't really need a Mirage unit. Also, by the middle of June, moss/algae/aqua plant growth are totally around the ponds. A mirage wouldn't be worth the messing around.
Your Revo 11 with the Mirage Cassette in place or a Quest would be an excellent alternative unless you need to stand and cast. Since you own a Revo just put the Cassette in and use paddle it on small lakes with a lot of moss/algae/aqua plant growth
I use my Freedom Hawk 12 so I can stand up and fly cast once I get out past the moss/algae/aqua plant growth. I anchor about 60 to 90' from the edges of the moss/algae/aqua growth and cast up to the edges. Somtimes, with the wind to my back, I will use an intermediate poly leader to let a crawdad fly or a small Clouser fly drift under the moss/algae/aqua growth. That borders on the unfair. Usually, I get a strike from a LMB a few feet under the growth and have never got past a couple of feet on the retrieve.
Regardless of the Yak, an anchor trolley saves you a lot of time and effort and can put you into easy range to your target. I use a simple and easy to use 3# salmon lead weight ball. I attach the ball to the business end of my Anchor trolley rig, go out about an extra 20-30 feet from my target zone for my fly. Then, I drop the anchor ball and wait until I feel the good grab. Then, I stand up and start casting.
hi guys,love this forum. Just curious what hobie mirage drive kayak you suggest for fishing smaller lakes. For the most part I can drive close to body of water to launch.On occasion I might have to portage a little ways,but nothing to serious.These lakes are small and have no fishing pressure at all and access sometimes is by 4x4 only. Let me know your thoughts,I'm just getting into Hobies,but do have 3 models now..lol please keep it Hobie,not looking to get off track.