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This seat fastens to the canoe bench seats and has a sturdy back that adjusts to the right angle for comfort and support. The back of the seat has a storage pocket for small items and fastens down for portaging.  

I bought mine for a three-week solo canoe trip and I like it a lot. Long hours sitting upright were more bearable and the seat was useful ashore and in camp, too.

It weighs three pounds which adds to the portage load, but the comfort while underway well offsets the discomfort of extra weight for portage.

The seat is in two pieces to conform to either a flat bench seat or a molded seat. 

For older paddlers like me with back problems this seat is especially welcome. Long distance paddling is much more comfortable now. The seat is excellent for fishing, too. 

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One of the most useful modifications I made to my solo canoe was to add a storage bin under the seat. Ideal for things I needed throughout the day such as sun screen, reading glasses, maps, binoculars, camera, my tiny Tenkara fishing rod, rain jacket, snacks, first aid kit. There is a second model that has a padded seat.


The bow bag and thwart bag add even more space for odds and ends so they aren't bouncing around the bilge. Keeping things sorted makes them easier to find in a hurry.I found it handy to clip my waterproof map case to the thwart bag where it was hanging right in front of me for easy access.


These bags are not waterproof, but the do shed water nicely. Non-waterproof items such as cell phones should be in their own dry case just to be on the safe side. 

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I bought my first Bear Claw rescue knife in 2005. It was black handle and the case was sort of flimsy. Two years later it slipped out of its sheath during a rescue and sank to the bottom. The replacement Bear Claw is orange and has a much sturdier sheath that clips more securely to the lash tab on my PFD.

I wear a Stohlquist Fisherman´s PFD that has the lash tap on the right lapel above the pocket. I put the knife here so I can reach it with either hand and so that it is partly protected by the big pocket so it doesn't unintentionally get yanked out of the sheath. The knife fits very tight in the new sheath. I need to push against the sheath with my thumb as I am pulling the knife out. Just to be on the safe side I also use a small black zip tie through the lashing holes in the sheath to snug it firmly to the lash tab. 

This knife is rated very fast to cut rope because of the seriously sharp serrated curved blade. Its like a tiny saw, cutting on both forward and back strokes. With my finger in the finger hole, like a pistol grip, I have secure hold. I can see the orange handle as far as I can reach underwater even in a muddy river. 

There is a lanyard hole on the handle but I have not yet decided to install a lanyard cord. I can see the uses for a lanyard but can't convince myself it would not be a safety hazard to have a cord hanging down like that. This is one of my favorite rescue tools and the price is low enough I can put one semi-permanently on my PFD so I never leave shore without it. 

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There are actually two different Stohlquist PFD for fishermen and I like them both, a lot. The quality is first rate and the designs are superb. 


The first one is called the Stohlquist Fisherman Personal Flotation Device and it is an absolute wonder for serious fly fishers and kayak fishers.


More attachment points, loops, pockets, clips, keepers for everything; nail clippers, scissors, forceps, fillet knife, fly rod keepers, tippets, lures, and even with a clip point on the back of the neck to attach your trout net.


Where most fishermen's PFDs are bulky and ill fitting, this one is form fitting, low profile and shaped so it does not interfere with casting or netting.


It has a high mesh back that fits high back kayak seats and the shoulder straps are padded which offers protection when portaging the kayak or canoe. . 


The second Stohlquist vest, the Stohlquist Fisherman Lifejacket PFD, is the one I use most. It has a lower profile and fewer attachment points and pockets, but it has more than enough features for me to enjoy fly fishing and trolling with the kayak.


I like the low-profile, compact design. It fits my body snugly without being hot or cumbersome. The design does not interfere with high back kayak seats or with the tunnel on my spray skirt.


The lash tab for the rescue knife is accessible with either hand and is high enough on the vest to be out of the way during re-entry or rescue operations. A second lash tab on the back of the jacket provides a solid connection for a strobe light

In the above photo I am wearing the older style Stohlquist Fisherman Lifejacket PFD and the old style CRKT Bear Claw rescue knife, the black handled one. The whistle is attached with a retractable lanyard.


You can see in the photo on the left that the newer style Fisherman Lifejacket has re-positioned the lash tap on the right lapel which makes it more accessible with either hand. 


Either of these Stohlquist vests weigh about 1 pound, so they are not onerous during portage, I usually just leave mine on while portaging. They are compact enough to store in a dry compartment of the kayak. 

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