Fishinjohny

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  1. I would suggest to try a few paddles. Go to a shop that will let you try a variety of weights and lengths. The angle that you prefer to paddle plus the width of the boat will determine the length of the shaft and the size of the blade. High angle wide blade shorter shaft, low angle longer shaft thinner blade. It has been my experience that in wide tandem boats low angle works well and is less fatiguing, but is an individual choice. Years of paddling and instruction have taught me that light weight is very important. Go as light as your wallet will allow. Werner make a wide variety of paddles they are pricey but worth it. They have a wide variety of blades and shafts. Good luck and enjoy the voyage.
  2. If you want light weight you should be looking for a used fiber glass or kevlar canoe. I would suggest wenonah canoes, or if you can find a used bell canoe they made some wonderful light weight canoes. Canoes are like any other boats the hull design is what gives them their characteristics , some are initially stable and have poor secondary stability, some may feel tippy initially. but have solid secondary stability Canoes are a great way to fish they can be carried into a lot of places, are easy to launch and with a fair amount of skill can be used in varying conditions. Research hull designs a bit before you by.
  3. Launched there yesterday.
  4. Sun heated low tide mud with a rising tide warms the water, activity increases time for a Clouser Minnow dragged across the mud. Chartreuse over white or red over white . Beginning to mid May up inside up here in NH.
  5. Ben Lippen , I use ruff sawn hemlock 1" by 6" I build two boxes and stack with the joints opposite. I end up with a 4' by 4' by 12" box or 4' by 8' by 12" box. I band the corner with pipe hanger straps 3/4 " last 9 years +
  6. I use ruff sawed hemlock last 8 to 9 years no chemicals to leach into soil , very cost effective. I like to strap the corners with pipe hanging banding. I also chase the the boxes as if I where building a concrete form. Easy and very cost effective.
  7. drmevo, I used a sinking or floating fly line but some use spinning gear with spoons . Fish are near the surface chasing smelt. Fish early morning or evenings in front of brooks ,rivers , along shore line. When hooked the fight is great lots of tail dancing and hard runs.
  8. Go salmon fishing. Troll or fish live bait. I prefer trolling flies I have tied myself. Like to tie and fish old school natural materials. Friends fish with spoons and other lures. Give it a try it has a learning curve like any thing else but that's part of the fun.
  9. I use ruff sawed hemlock last 8 to 9 years no chemicals to leach into soil , very cost effective. I like to strap the corners with pipe hanging banding. I also chase the the boxes as if I where building a concrete form. Easy and very cost effective.
  10. It wool then fleece for me.
  11. Paddle with friends or a group who have experience in cold water it is a must.
  12. Given what you are describing I would first and for most have my paddle in my hands, I would surf the waves by ruddering my boat with the paddle, if the wave started to turn my boat to the side I would brace and continue to surf the wave side ways. I would then paddle to shore. But before all this happens I would listen to the weather report paying attention to wind speed and direction if I wasn't familiar with the area, I would paddle with someone who has local knowledge. Knowing when not to paddle is an important skill. A lot of days using the forecast you can still fish but be off the water before the $#!7 hits the fan.
  13. I am looking at the Hurricane Skimmer 140 at the present time. Seems to be the lightest 14 footer out there at the present time. Hurricane also makes the skimmer in a 120. Price is a bit over $1000.00 depending on what options you choose. 52 lbs. Is the lightest boat I could find without going to fiberglass or kevlar which would more than double the price.
  14. I have done both and I am sold on the dry suit. I would recommend built in booties and a semi dry neck gasket . I have been a loyal customer of Kokatat for years. If I was buying now I might go two piece with bibs and dry top. This gives a little more flex ability. There are times when I wear my dry top with a 3.0 wet suit. The thing I like about the dry suit is you can layer underneath according to the temps you will encounter on any particular day. I personally believe a dry suit is far safer than a wet suit. and much more comfortable. Hope this helps.
  15. Been using the shield and the spin fisher love them both. Both have held up well the see a lot of salt water both have been dunked multiple times , always rinse thoroughly after use. No problems with either reel.