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03-13-2012, 04:07 PM
I finished up my mods a few weeks ago to my canoe and finally was able to take her out for a test float this week.
I changed out the factory seat, added a thru-the-hull anchor system, tackle storage up front, and drybox and rod holders in the aft section. she rides balanced and paddles well.






They make a good affordable fishing platform that are easy to modify and get to those places without having to have a boat ramp to launch.



Byron Begley
03-13-2012, 07:52 PM
Hey Gary,

Let me be the first to say, She is Beautiful. I'll look her specs up online. Nice work on the mod. I'm on iPad so words are limited now.


Byron Begley
03-13-2012, 07:53 PM
Nice boat too!


03-14-2012, 09:27 AM
I love what you did with your canoe! The creativity is excellent. I am sure you still get snags if you are fishing from the boat.:eek:

An easy fix is to buy some vinyl or a bungee net to stretch out across the beam for your coiled line to rest on. You can make patterns with cardboard to cut the vinyl to fit around the bucket/compartments as well and then add (SS) snaps to the vinyl and side of the boat for removal. It is a cheap, classy, and a easy upgrade for canoes and small boats. Oh; you might need the help of someone who can sew some hems and backing to beef it up. You can sew in some cross-rib slots on the bottom and install flexible plastic strips to help it retain a arched shape for water runoff. I was fortunate; I had some great mentors/co-workers teach me how to design and sew boat patterns. However; sewing is a skill I still struggle to master.

03-14-2012, 01:25 PM
Thats a good idea Shawn. right now I am stripping the line into the floor of the canoe and had thought about making a stripping basket to guide the line into. maybe velcro it to the floor between my legs. I had thought originally about making a mesh stripping net like the ones on a pontoon boat but my knees sit higher than the gunnels.

I will have to check with the boat fiberglass repair shop down the road from me in Seymour. He may be able to do upholstery work.

Thanks Byron, many more smallies to come this year!

03-14-2012, 03:38 PM
I just purchased a rectangular-bungee cargo net in the auto parts section of my local chain store. I have two metal rings mounted on the underside of my gunnel on each side. The net has fixed end loops at each corner and I just slip the loop inside each ring and pull back down over it for a snug fit. It is easy to set up and take down. Plus; it allows me to lean in to it without destroying it. Works great for $4.

03-15-2012, 06:25 AM
Wicked nice rig... looks like it is perfectly well thought out and a one seater so nobody at home can beg to come along!

"Gee honey; if you had only let me buy the larger boat I'd have room for you to come along and read your kindle"

08-05-2014, 02:24 PM
Updating an old thread! Shawn , I have fished out out the canoe now for a couple of years and decided to make a few changes to my setup.
I was getting some water down into my tackle box I had mounted up front, so I mounted a couple more thwarts in the bow and installed a 1/2' thick plastic deck under neath of them. This makes a nice place to keep a couple of waterproof fly boxes strapped down to it, a place for my little dog to ride on the bow, and storage under the deck or a nice shady area for her also.

The stern still has a crate for a cooler or drybox. I moved the rod holders to both sides of the seat to keep the rod tips from hanging off the back. I also took the bassboat seat off and raised the platform to almost level with the gunnel and installed a cutting board ( to prevent water rot) and attached my sit backer. much lighter and more comfy with a life jacket on. .

Canoes are a great platform to fish out of and no boat ramp needed!:biggrin:

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08-05-2014, 04:49 PM
Cool! I have the same canoe. Actually - seeing the mods in this thread last summer helped make my decision to buy it. Once the weather starts getting a little less fun to be out in - I'll start fixing her up.

08-06-2014, 07:38 AM
Awesome job on your boat. I like that you did not get fixated on a particular setup and worked at making improvements. Thanks for sharing the information and helping others! Good job buddy!

08-21-2014, 08:11 AM
Finished up the front access area on the canoe. Added a non skid foam to the front deck and foot braces underneath.
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08-21-2014, 08:17 AM
Very nice! I am going to share this link with some of my friends that have canoes. That is a neat setup you have in the front. I have never seen one with the vents and feet rests.

08-21-2014, 08:33 AM
Cool. Nice work! I think Old Town should come knocking on your door for ideas.

08-21-2014, 11:48 AM
There is another forum called "riverbassin" that used to be very active with members that posted lots of mod ideas for canoes. The OT guide pack, OT guide 119, like mine, and the kay-noe from field & stream were all very popular before the kayak industry started mass producing the new generation "angler" sit on top kayaks.
Some of the members were very creative in how they set up their canoes for fishing. I took some of their ideas and modified them to fit my needs for fly fishing rather than spin or bait casting .
If your looking to buy a fishing kayak or canoe, spend some time looking through some of the old post on that forum first. I went with the canoe setup and rigged it the way I wanted , rather than spending $1200 on a factory rigged kayak. The first time you drag that hull over a shoal, you wont feel so bad!

08-22-2014, 08:00 AM
I've been considering picking up one of these at Dicks for a couple years now. The more time I spend fishing for warm water fish, the closer I come to pulling the trigger. Thanks for the updates.

09-30-2014, 10:21 PM
Just getting back to the boards after a while and catching up. I like the recent mods (front deck and foot braces). For the foot braces do you bolt through the hull and seal with silicone or something?

I have a red 119 also. I am thinking about making a hanging cordura deck in front of me, kinda like the LL Bean one you can buy for $50, but foot braces would really help when paddling hard (upstream for example). I never think about them much but on almost every trip I would enjoy them. Also considering a little minicell under the heels.