I have an Esquif Cargo. I'm a 6'3" 250#+ man. I stand to fly fish in it. It works well. I like the square back because I can run a 2.5HP engine on it to run upcurrent and float fish back down using oars to control the drift. This allows me to operate without a shuttle, increasing the portion of time dedicated to fishing out of the total time for the day's adventure.
Now, purists don't like engines (stink-pots) or squarebacks, or oars, or all sorts of things. But I don't give a rip what others want to spend their time concerning themselves with.
For my consideration, for a big man to stand in a canoe to fly fish, a big honking squareback makes a lot of sense.
- Big D
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