I’m working on an article for a magazine on canoes for backwater (marsh/mangrove) fishing, and need some feedback on solo canoes.
There’s a personal stake in this also. Currently I own an OTC Guide 147. Awesome boat. Hull tough as nails, stable enough to stand up and fly fish or push pole, yet not so wide that paddling is a pain, in fact, it paddles quite well, and tracks great. Problem is, like most canoes, it’s great for two persons, but not easy for solo use. So I’m considering a solo as a 2nd boat.
So far, what I’ve found is that recreational solo canoes seem to be THE choice for most fly rodders. So-called “sporting canoes” seem like good options, but are heavy (over 80lbs) and too limited to their use. My polling found that over 95% of Gulf Coast fly anglers who own canoes never even considered such boats. Their ultimate boat sounded much like a shorter version of my OTC Guide: usually 12-13 feet, about 31-34 inches in width, double-ended.
So far, the OTC Pack and Mohawk 13 appear to be the most common choices for this type of fishing. The Lincoln Hideaway would fit that category as well. Perhaps the best choice might be the OTC Discovery 119K, because of it’s polyethylene hull, more able to withstand oysters. But OTC has discontinued the 119K.
So the questions are:
- are there other boats in this size/hull group?
- does anybody currently make a polyethylene canoe in this size/hull group?
- are there private/custom PE boat makers that could make this type of boat?