I tried out my closet-pole pole for the first time yesterday in the shallow bits near the shore of our local lake. Canoe was our trusty Morningstar RX with the dog in the bow seat. A few observations:
- Standing up wasn’t hard, but it’s going to take a while to get used to walking forward and aft.
- If you reach forward to fend off the bow while standing in the stern, you move the stern. That’s why you walk.
- Visibility is vastly improved over sitting. It’s much easier to see the rocks and other underwater features.
- The pole was suprisingly effective as a paddle, especially when used as a double-blade with a sliding stroke(low hand to center).
- The couple on the new stand-up paddleboards looked very puzzled as I went past.
The only thing I didn’t like was the noise of the pole whacking on the rocks, which is probably also bad for fishing. But I’ll certainly do more poling, and now I’m tempted to add a stand-up paddle to my quiver. Standing just seems to make more sense for exploring shallows.