Went out a fishing hole late this afternoon ... it's a marl pit that they dug out years ago for making the road beds in this area. Of course, filled in with water and kinda deep in spots, too - and there's good bass & bream fishing to be had. Have fished it for years and great for trying out new fishing equipment & flies and such. Went out there this afternoon to try out some new poppers a fellow fly fishermen sent to me.
Got out the Radison canoe/boat and launched it at the pond. Loaded it with my usual gear ... canvas creel where I tote extra leader and tippet material, flies & poppers, a pair of great fishing pliers, a small bottle of water. The Radisson looks like the one below, which is a 14 footer, only mine is a 12 foot model ... and mine is painted green. Have used it for years, in many rivers and small lakes and ponds. Know it like the back of my hand.
Well, of all things I rolled it over while in the pond this afternoon! As best I can remember, while sitting in the rear seat, I turned around to look backward and meant to place the palm of my hand on the gunnel as I leaned back - however - the heel of my palm slipped off the gunnel and I rolled right over the side with the boat rolling right with me! Did a side swim stroke holding onto the canoe and headed for the shore which was maybe 40 feet away. Oh, did save the bucket, too, which I use to bail the remaining water out
after I turned the boat upright when we reached shore.
Did manage to save the fly rod! Grabbed that and placed in on the upturned bottom, along with some fly containers, a roll of tippet material and my fishing hat. However, lost the canvas creel which was weighed down with those nice fishing pliers!
Chalking this up to lesson number "eight-B-4-1" (LOL), plus saying a big "thank you" to the Higher Power for my being able to post this experience right now! AND, seem to remember the reason why we use to tie a small line from the thwart to things like that canvas creel ... just in case you might roll over or something!
Glad the bag is all you lost.
That could have had a MUCH worse ending!
Glad to hear the damage was limited, but if you are going to continue with stunts like that you're going to have to join the Crash Test Dummy Association. I'm the president.
Glad you are ok and that you were able to save your rod. That boat looks very nice, is it heavy?
Originally Posted by Linecaster
That's a plus side in that they are light, for example my 12 footer is less then 50 lbs, and I've been able to access some off the beaten path ponds and river points. Radisson has the same sizes (12 or 14 foot) in the pointed end and the square stern models. However, the transom rear (canoe/boat), like mine and the posted pic, the main redeeming feature is they are the more stable in the water. That is, to the point that I just posted!
Isn't this from the same family. I remember looking at one years ago seems the aluminum skin was very thin with about an inch of float on the inside.
Originally Posted by Uncle Jesse
Yeah, that looks to be like their (Radisson's) double point ended 12 footer.
#1 rule of Kayak fishing which apparently also applies to canoes:
Rig to flip, and dress to swim.
Almost never happens, but when it does you'll be happy you did.