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Old 07-13-2015, 10:20 AM   #41
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We have a 16 foot Mad River kevlar canoe that we love, stable and fast to paddle plus it's lightweight. It is kind of a hassle to take though now that we have the 4runner. We also have 2 Innova inflatable kayaks that are just as much fun and easy to take. The model we have (Sunny) can be paddled solo or tandem so they are pretty versatile. It feels timeless when you are out on the water, have fun!

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Old 07-13-2015, 10:51 AM   #42
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I think that we paddle some of the same places as Jim B.
I was up camping by Rocky Mountain House this past weekend, and looked yearningly at the North Saskatchewan River as I drove across it a few times.
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Love all the photos.

Jim, I've not had much luck with inflatables vs rigid. The rigid ones track so much better.

What kind of inflatable? One with a rigid bow?
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I like a canoe for tripping, would however like to try a kayak for fishing, both fresh and salt. Got a little carried away with canoes, have 5, 3 are strippers. Here's the latest, a 15' 2 seater, that's Dallas our guard dog.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:37 AM   #45
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Jim, I've not had much luck with inflatables vs rigid. The rigid ones track so much better.

What kind of inflatable? One with a rigid bow?
I know well the type you likely paddled. They don't track that great, but some are tough and really good on rivers.

The one I paddled briefly, is made by Sea Eagle. That was this spring, and I think it is a new model. It has a removable skeg which help a lot in tracking if you need. To be honest, I spent 10 minutes tops in it. Very pricey too, but just might fit the bill.

https://www.seaeagle.com/TravelCanoe/TC16

I know that SOAR and Aire both make good tough inflatable canoes. One fellow in the local canoe club has an AIRE and takes it through huge white water.
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I like a canoe for tripping, would however like to try a kayak for fishing, both fresh and salt. Got a little carried away with canoes, have 5, 3 are strippers. Here's the latest, a 15' 2 seater, that's Dallas our guard dog.
Padlin, what do you take on your long trips with you having the 5.0TA? do you use inflatables?
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On fishing from a kayak, I've never figured out how one juggles the rod and paddle, especially with a wind. That and tie on a new fly.
I have anchors both ends of my canoe and I can put rod in rod holder while maneouvering to drop anchor.
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This weekend we just planned a 5 day trip to Murtle Lake, in Wells Grey Provincial Park in BC, for September.

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We went to Wells Grey this year after Osoyoos. Had bought these bug hats from Lee Valley before we left. Only place on the whole trip that we needed them. Had always thought they were kind of mickey mouse but they were a life saving there.

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We went to Wells Grey this year after Osoyoos. Had bought these bug hats from Lee Valley before we left. Only place on the whole trip that we needed them. Had always thought they were kind of mickey mouse but they were a life saving there.

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Lots of great waterfalls there, eh?
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Bottom line on canoe (or kayak) choice. Having almost any water craft that allows you to get out on the water is better than standing on shore. Trying a few out might be useful but almost anything that floats can be fun.

Thousands of tourists off the cruise ships can look at the Mendenhall glacier near Juneau from a viewpoint about a mile away. If you have your own mobile viewpoint you can get get much closer.

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