Posted by: steve_in_idaho on Sep-03-11 6:55 PM (EST)
That's my bit of advice.
Big D already hit you with the PFD. They make some great paddling-specific PFD's with pockets designed for fishing gear these days - such as the Stohlquist PiSeas. A PFD designed for paddling will make wearing it all the time a comfortable thing to do.
So will having good paddles. Bone up a little here about canoe paddle sizing and designs before spending much money on them - but if you're using some cheap blade in the meantime, you will be pleasantly surprised by the difference when you upgrade.That Disco is a decent enough canoe, and good paddles will make it even better.
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