Matthew Frazier said the boat was perfectly setup for standup fishing and casting. Photos: Eric Boyd
Matthew Frazier said the boat was perfectly setup for standup fishing and casting.

After we posted the sneak peek of the new Ultimate FX Propel from Native Watercraft, the comments lit up with more questions about the kayak, so we wanted to know more. We tapped Native Watercraft pro staffer Matthew Frazier, who was pictured fishing from the new boat and asked for his expert first impressions. Find out what he had to say below:

When Woody Callaway offered me the chance to demo the new Native Watercraft Ultimate FX Propel I was filled with excitement. The Ultimate has always been my favorite flatwater fishing kayak and to add to that, it now had hands-free propulsion. I couldn’t pass on the opportunity. Reflecting on the experience; a few features really stood out that set the new FX Propel apart.

Matt Frazier shares his expert thoughts on Native's new Ultimate FX Propel.

The Ultimate FX Propel is Light And Nimble

I immediately recognized the relatively light weight of this boat compared to other hands-free kayaks, even with the Propel drive installed. Being a hybrid makes the boat easy to handle out of the water, making it feel even lighter.

Stunning Looks, Killer Functions

The new Storm Grey color from Native really set the boat off. It looked like a new battleship ready for action. Once at the water, loading my gear was a breeze. The new thwart storage was very useful. I was able to store two 3600 size Plano boxes, plastics, pliers, and the rest of my miscellaneous tackle.

I also utilized the track system to add 2 more rod holders. The FX is also fish finder-ready, with a recessed area and mounting plate for the transducer under the hull and a wiring channel up to a molded-in battery box. No doubt, the FX Propel is fishing-ready from the factory.

On the Water Handling

In the water, the ergonomics of the FX made pedaling very comfortable. The boat quickly accelerated to about a 4 mph cruising speed with minimal effort to sustain. Continuing to test the Ultimate, I turned the rudder control and the response was amazing. The FX Propel could make a 180 degree turn within the length of the kayak.


Once to my first spot, standing was a breeze. The height of the seat, coupled with the stability, makes the FX Propel a solid platform for standup fishing. I was able to cast, set the hook, and land fish without any worries–even in high winds and current.

The Native Ultimate FX Propel looks cool and outperforms.


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