I have the same Stohlquist Fisherman in yellow.
When it is adjusted properly it is very comfortable for yakking. It was designed for casting a casting rod, spinning rod or one handed flyrod. For
those activities, it is an excellen pfd. It is comfortable in our Oasis and my Freedom Hawks with the high back chairs.
However, I for the most part cast with the two handed fly rods and most of our Spey/Switch rod casts involve moving our hands and arms with the rod gripped by two hands in front of our chest and back. This has caused comfort problems with every semi rigid pfd I have owned or borrowed.
The Friday after Thanksgiving, my son, grandson and I went out for our annual striped bass fishing day while the women hit the malls on black Friday. I took my Stohlquist with me to help impress on the grandson to wear his PFD like his Dad and GrandDad.
I had one of my two handed Switch Rods, and I couldn't do the casts as needed. I ended using a back up standard spinning rod.
As a result my son and DIL bought me a self inflating PFD from Cabela's. It fits well and does not impact with my two handed casting.http://www.cabelas.com/product/Boating/ ... t104399280
Interesting that jbernier posted his reply re the Hobie self inflating while I was posting my reply.
That would be an excellent choice.
The down side is, if I wore any self inflating PFD while wading and fly fishing, it would inflate if I got into deeper water and got the sensor wet. That would not be good. I have an self inflating fly fishing vest?PFD for water where I might take an unplanned dip in the water. For really fast and treacherous water, I have a set of Wm Joseph Fly Fishing Waders with a built in pfd type vest. I can blow it up incase of small slips and it has the pull tag if I fell and got into really deep fast water.
My family was concerned about where most of us fall out or trip/slip with our yaks, at the launch site or by a dock or on the shore. If you hit your head in those areas in a fall you might not recover if you don't have a self inflating PFD or one of the semi rigid PFD's like our Stholquists.
For years I used a cheapo vest I got at Walmart, finally got tired of it riding up my back and it was too hot on a warm day. I recently tried a Stohlquist Fisherman High Back Life Jacket in a Eddyline Calypso kayak in a river trip and it was comfortable (the vest was comfortable, the Calypso was not so much and it dumped me in the river when I turned to look behind me. The Calypso made me realize how much I love my PA!). I need to try it in my Pro Angler but I don't know if the high back of that PFD will clear the high seat of the PA.
What are you using?