I recently bought an Aplacka Llama and I’m after a midrange paddle, probably quite like the The fibreglass shaft Aquabound manta ray on the website, but I don’t want bright coloured blades both to avoid spooking fish and I want to avoid attracting attention in some of the placed I fish. I guess I’m after a paddle with black or darkly coloured blades and shaft but I don’t want carbon blades as (correct me if I’m wrong?) i get the impression they can be fragile if used as a push pole. I know using a paddle as push pole is not reccomended, however as a fisherman in tight water i see it as a necessity due to the need to retreives lures from bankside vegetation and being blown into shore
Other things I’m looking for in a paddle/what i will be using it for:
- I 'll mainly be hiking and fishing small creeks & rivers.
- Mainly flatwater, quite often tight, often portaging
- I want to be able to use the paddle on rivers with whitewater as well, but these will be less frequent.
- ocasional rapids
- price range $100-$150 US ($200 - $300 AUD) leaning towards the lower side, but willing to spend more if i can justifyn it.
- 4 piece, minimal breakdown length
- lenght 210-230cm’s (as far as I can gather from what I’ve read)
- Stiff blade that can handle some abuse.
- available in or ship to Australia, where I’m based
- I’m 6’2", solid bulid and would have a pretty powerful paddle stroke.
I’ve seen their is a “fishing” paddle on the aquabound website, but I’m not sure if it is available in 4 piece, if its in my price range and maybe more suoted to openwater kayak fisherman.
Does anyone have an opionion on Cannon paddles, I’ve tracked down some four piece fibreglass shaft versions of the Escape http://www.cannonpaddles.com/escape.html# and Wave http://www.cannonpaddles.com/wave.html# which I’m considering. Can anyone tell me the difference between the blade consideration of these two paddles ans which would be more appropriate for me? The description provided seems a bit airy fairy.
Any oher suggestions?