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    Hail the flyfisherman (and the flashlight king if your in MN)

    I would like to seek the advice from the group. I am in the middle of fixing up my old 12ft aluminum and am looking for ideas of custom features that I could add that wont break the bank.
    Rod holders, storage areas, cup holders? What should I do? What have you done that you love? What did you wish you would have done, or what have you done that you regret?
    Anything that is fly fishing specific that I should consider?
    I would love to hear what you think about this.

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    12' aluminum canoe?

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    12' aluminum semi-v bottom fishing boat. Sorry, I take for granted that its common around here.

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    fishing platform in the front and a raised rear deck to pole from over the transom.

    Not sure where and what you are fishing, but those flats boats are damn sexy.

    Even in CO, you could run them for carp and other warmwater fish as well as trout.

    The raised rear deck is handy to sight fish and move stealthly.
    My fishing in Colorado Blog: http://coloradofly.blogspot.com//

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    I would wholeheartedly agree with you if it were a bigger boat. Since its 12' I think it would be way too tippy for a back deck and a front deck is problematic as well. I do love those flats boats though. That would be perfect.
    I have been thinking about putting on a knee brace pedestal like on a drift boat and standing on the floor, but that might even be too tippy.
    One thing I do know, I need cup holders. I was also thinking a magnetic strip for loose flies.

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    Keep in mind that the more accessories you put in the boat, the more places that you have for your fly line to get caught on.

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    Good point. I going to keep that in mind.

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    A front casting deck with knee brace and a foot control trolling motor so you can fish alone and still make it happen. How wide is your boat?
    Eddy

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    Good question. Im not sure of the exact measurement right off hand, but I would have to say its in the ball park of 4-4.5' at the widest point. I could sit two people on the bench seat if they REALLY liked each other. HaHa

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    To expound on MP's point, you will probably want to rig up some kind of stripping basket since you willn't have a smooth deck on the bow. Usually the bottom of most aluminum boats is a hostile environment for flylines. Clear Lake? milt.

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