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rdgbwca
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07/30/2021 08:51AM  
Hi all,

For trolling in the bwca using a knee to hold the rod has the advantage of not bringing extra gear.

However, depending on the focus of the trip a rod holder might be nice.

Have you all heard about the VersiGunwale from Wenonah? It allows mounting of popular rail based rod holders to the canoe.

A video showing the VersiGunwale. (Also if you watch the video closely, are they trolling us with the tiny little rod? How would you like to land a big bwca smallie or pike with that rod and reel combo?)

This seems like a nice option to me. I already have some Scotty Rod Holders and mounts in some of my canoes.

The only question is what adapter fits in the rail to hold the rod holder?
 
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Savage Voyageur
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08/01/2021 03:46PM  
Finally someone designed a decent rod holder for a Kevlar canoe. I hated clamping a rod holder to the thin plastic with a clamp style rod holder. The track system is much more stable foundation to clamp to. I could see other things clamping to this too.
 
mgraber
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08/02/2021 10:31AM  
That's a great idea. My Lund has something similar and I love it.
 
thegildedgopher
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08/04/2021 05:24PM  
Very smart idea and I’m shocked nobody has done this before now. Any serious angler in the market for a canoe will be forced to consider this — not just for rod holders but transducer and fish finder mounts as well. This really simplifies things compared to some of the self-engineered solutions I’ve seen.

Can’t believe that’s the only rod they had on hand though!
 
Savage Voyageur
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08/04/2021 08:29PM  
thegildedgopher: "Very smart idea and I’m shocked nobody has done this before now. Any serious angler in the market for a canoe will be forced to consider this — not just for rod holders but transducer and fish finder mounts as well. This really simplifies things compared to some of the self-engineered solutions I’ve seen.


Can’t believe that’s the only rod they had on hand though!"



Fishing Kayaks have been doing this for years. They are called rails. Any T bolt mount will work on these. My Old Town 132 Kayak has 8 rails on it. I have 2-paddle holders, 2- tie downs, rod holder, 7” chartplotter Side scan sonar mount, anchor cleats, GoPro pole mount.I might have missed it but this is the first time I’ve seen them on a canoe. Totally agree this would be a key feature in any future canoe I would get.
 
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