Since it came up again I'll chime in, too. I used to fish from my OT Loon 138, in which the seat is just back of center. I tried an anchor but didn't use it enough to carry it along. Never felt unstable casting, ever. The Loon has gone into semi-retirement and I now fish from an OT Pack Angler. It is about half the weight and slightly shorter. The seat is lower than the standard Pack canoe and is just back of center. It might tip a little easier than the Loon, but probably not much. Casting feels quite secure. Though it came equipped with a bow mounted anchor I haven't used it much, either. Free drifting allows me to drop the fly over spots where I might not have spooked the fish with previous casts. I don't do "false casting" in the canoe as I don't find it necessary. I think that kind of motion makes too many waves and can lead to instability. Also, a short paddle close at hand is great for repositioning.
Kayak & Canoe Outriggers
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