I'd say for canoe fishing there are as many opinions on seat position as there are fishermen. I generally modify all my canoes so that the front edge of the seat is about 12" behind center and high enough to get my feet under the seat when kneeling. This set-up works for me because I fish streams 95% of the time. I'm near enough to the center for good control, even when I drop to my knees in rapids, and the high seat isn't a problem in flat water.
I generally use rods 6' or under so there is still plenty of room in the front of the canoe to protect the rods from overhanging branches. As I usually carry a small cooler behind me, this offsets the weight of the tackle up front, keeping the ride balanced.
I might add that only 4 of the 14 canoes I've owned have been in the 12'-14' range so I don't have as much experience in fishing from shorter boats as others may have.
BTW, good lookin' job on the gunnels and end caps.
Bent Shaft Canoe Paddles
Free Standing Boat Racks
Rescue / Throw Bags
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