Do you love big bluegill?
After 6 weeks of demos & research, I bought a Wilderness Systems Ride 115 Advanced Angler tonight. Could not be happier with decision, the deal I got, etc. Hope this cough goes away by the morning so I can go to work & don't have to call in sick... :-)
I ended up buying a used 135 ride. I was hopeing for a dry ride and fairly easy to maintain a straight line in the wind across some open water. I also hope to be able to stand and fly cast. We will see. Wilderness does seem to design nice, functional boats. It is a little heavy for this old fart but I have no intentions of dragging very far or car topping so it should work out oK. If not I will sell it and look for a Kevlar solo canoe.
I have not yet had it in the water but it is heavy and hard to handle for this old fart. I do expect it to be dry so it can be usable during colder months. I did add a rope with a handle to assist me in getting into a standing position. Also a paddle leash and rod leash. I have yet to install a paddle holder on the side but It is ready to install. It has an anchor traveler on the side which I am not sure I will mess with an anchor but I am considering a stakeout pole of about 5 or 6'. I will not be adding electronics, at least here in TN. If I get to an area of marsh with lots of canals and islands I may get a GPS to keep from getting lost. ......I really want to wear a PFD but it is so hot here that I am not sure I will be able to stand it. Won't take long to figure that one out.
Ray and Powder, it sounds like your onto a good start. Ray please get you a PFD, a fella back drown, he had a pfd but decided to sit in it. His parents bought him the yak paddle and pfd as a gift, facing that loss had almost ruined his mom n dad.
Look around for ones that fit well and wont hold in heat. The self inflating ones are super cool and comfortable. But they are costly. Just dont put yourself at risk, its really not worth it.