fjp110, you have been given good advise cause Big_D and Al A know thier stuff. I stole ideas from them for years off the old river smallies forum.
I have been riding a Pack going on 4 years and absolutely love it. However, all "Pack" canoes like the OT Pack, OT Disco 119, and Guide 119 have the seat too far back...on purpose. A "Pack" style canoe is designed for a paddler and 100+lbs of gear in the bow. If you go the Pack route, you might want to move the seat forward to trim out the boat for maximum stability, speed, and wind resistance. The high bow will catch wind and spin the boat with the OEM seat position which makes fishing a real chore.
A properly sorted out Pack is an absolute joy to fish out of especially with a double blade paddle. Think 240cm + length. I use a Mohawk 275cm.
Here are some pics of my boat and some mods I have made... http://www.derekspace.net/fishpic19.htm
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