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Perhaps I have not had enough coffee yet, but I find your post confusing.
You mention a fast moving river - exactly how fast? If it is fast enough, and you paddle decently, it should be fairly easy to track straight and catch a ride in the strongest part of the current. But if you want to cross current to get to an eddy or to shore, that skeg can quickly become your enemy. It will give the water more boat to push around. True WW boats do not have skegs or rudders, and most skegs on even sea kayaks are retractable. There is a reason - tracking devices can hand you more problems than help in some situations of wind and current.
Was your source of information a review by a new paddler, or by someone with major time in different boats? New paddlers generally can't paddle straight in current or wind - it is the nature of the thing - so any boat they paddle is going to be blamed for that until they sort out their own skill.
It sounds to me like you are considering one of two things, neither of which elevates a skeg to a top priority. One is a trip on a river with current that is unwise on overall skill and preparation level, and the other is a trip on a river that is doable but the skeg may be less important than other parts of the prep like handling on-water emergencies.
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