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I thought it might be fun to get up a day trip to the South Fork of the New to let Len try out his NuCanoe before the Official New River weekend.

Len has to work around the days that he has his boys. So I will let him pick some weekends available in June and July.

I was thinking that the float from 16/88 to Wagoners would be a good beginner trip for him, and for ease of shuttle for the boats. any other suggestions welcome

Anyone interested.

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Open June 14th weekend, July 12th weekend, and June 29th (busy saturday June 28). I have kids the other weekends. And I can't take care of them while I'm trying to fend for myself and avoid monster rapids that swallow 330 pound guys and their wide boats whole!

Thanks for organizing this Darrell.
 

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no organizing Len just letting it work out for itself. I am going to stay out of picking a date, because JBowman works the opposite days that I do so we would just cancel each other out. If it lands on my weekend he will have to try to get a vacation day, and vice-versa.

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Then let's pencil in Sunday, June 29th.

Hopefully, you'll be free Darrell... Since this was YOUR kind gesture.
 

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Sunday. June 29th I will check tonight, if I am working I will ask for vacation, If I am working Johnny will be off. Still haven't heard from Glenn I will PM Rodney so he doesn't miss the post.

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Sunday the 29th... Is that OK?
 

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Just checked the work Sch. I can come on June 29th, I am off that weekend. anyone going from this way we can haul a couple of boats on the trailer.

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Count me in. Been covering 2nd shift last two weeks for a guy out with "up end ur sight us" but I'm normally off on Sundays.
 

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Judge H must make an exception to his Sunday church going habit in the interest of fairness to those competing in the Official Trip in August. Section 14.2 (c)1 specifically states that 'scouting missions within 90 days of an officially sanctioned Red X Tournament are grounds for disqualification'. I see no choice but to attend just so I can record the names of the rule breakers.....
 

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I just put 6/29 on the calendar as a possible. Too much drivin for a day trip but if we can squeeze in a camping trip we're in. Will try to drag Ian along also.

Right now there are plenty of tent spots open down on the river. Anyone else planning on camping?
 
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I would like to get into kayak fishing, and I am also a big guy ( Tubby). Is it safe for a someone of substantial size to fish in a kayak? How stable are they when fishing? What happens if it turns over? Thanks folks.
 

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I would like to get into kayak fishing, and I am also a big guy ( Tubby). Is it safe for a someone of substantial size to fish in a kayak? How stable are they when fishing? What happens if it turns over? Thanks folks.
I'm a canoe guy, not a kayak guy....but I DID sleep in a Holiday Inn last night. Kayaks have individual weight ratings and they are listed on the yak. Most of the smaller inexpensive starter yaks in a big box store are rated between 250-275 pounds. A nicer Yak, the Jackson Cuda 12, has a rating of 350 pounds. So it depends on your definition of 'big'. The more you can stay under the weight rating (includes gear) the better that thing will handle. You may also wish to consider a solo canoe. The very popular Old Town Discovery 119 for example, is rated at 450-500 pounds. Use a long kayak paddle, your seat is up higher so you get better visibility and it has more storage room. The Old Town Guide 119 is basically the same animal. $499 at Dicks.
 

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Meenyt - I'm about as big & tall as a man gets (6'6" 330), with poor balance on top of that. And i found that I love my nucanoe.

It's all about matching a kayak to your build.

The ones on my radar were the NuCanoe frontier (bought), Diablo Adios (demoed, liked, but very pricey), Wilderness ride 135 (demoed, found a little tippy with my poor balance), Ocean Kayak Stealth (Liked it, but not as much as the NuCanoe).

What you need to find is a kayak that has a rated weight of at least 100 lbs more than you weigh. Jackson is nice about putting "max recommended paddler size" on their web page, which is where I found that the Cuda, despite a 350 rating, is only recommended for people weighing below 225.

If you look at the typical NuCanoe owner... You'll see we don't look like the typical kayak fisherman. I kind of look like two typical kayak fishermen! Danattherock is supposed to be about my height and 40-50 lbs lighter. Boon2b is probably 5'10" but our weights are probably similar. DBeam is about 5'10" and is probably a little over 250. They're the only nucanoe owners that I know of.

I found canoes to be wonderful boats when moving... But way too tippy for me to fish in when I stop paddling. Many will disagree with me on that point, but that's my opinion.
 
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