Modified Special

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Modified Special Description

The Modified Special is to the Special in the same way the Modified Ottertail is to the Ottertail. In the Modified Special the shoulders of the blade are wider near the paddler's lower hand. This results in greater control and slightly more power when paddling. The Modified Special is ideal for paddlers who like the look and feel of the Special but find the narrow blade a little under powering, and want a little more surface area to work with. Because water is less dense at the surface, more dense farther down, this blade distributes the pressure more evenly across the blade's surface. The wider shoulders don't sacrifice aesthetic appeal with its beautiful lines and graceful symmetry. Ideal for canoe tripping, lake paddling as well as soloing, the Modify Special is a beautiful well proportions paddle which is lovely to paddle with.

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A few years ago I desired to…

Submitted by: paddler2396787 on 10/4/2022

A few years ago I desired to acquire an ottertail paddle and discovered Fishell Paddles. At the time, I chose to start with the traditional shape and purchased a varnished one. I loved it, using it for tripping on lakes and rivers in Maine and quiet-water paddles closer to home. Having chanced upon an oil-finished paddle in our local canoe shop (, I decided to try an oiled version of Greg’s Modified Special. When it arrived, I emailed Greg with a couple of questions about care—he hopped on the phone and called me, figuring that would be the easiest way to explain his suggestions. Now that’s customer service! Easy to maintain, by spending a couple minutes now and again wiping it with an oiled rag, my Modified Special paddles like a dream. As much as I continue to love my original ottertail, I can not rave enough about the feel of my Modified Special. The oiled finish is the way to go! Silky smooth, my Fishell feels utterly natural in my hand and begs me to take it out every evening I see a glassy surface on our pond. Using the ancient techniques, I can silently slip right up to beaver swimming about as they attend to their crepuscular tasks. Interestingly, although it is a couple inches longer than my original ottertail, my Modified Special weighs less. Could it reflect a difference between the oil and varnish finishes or a difference in the wood of the two cherry trees from which they were carved? Perhaps a little of both? In any case, if you are looking for a beautiful paddle that feels divine as you move it through the water, I cannot more highly recommend an oil-finished one from Greg Fishell.


We ordered two paddles for…

Submitted by: paddler1888118 on 3/1/2022

We ordered two paddles for my kids' summer camp. Greg was a rock star in helping me find the right paddles for my kids, and spent the time to ensure the size and design were perfect. He kept me informed through the process, and even took the time to etch the kids' names into the paddles without me asking. They arrived ahead of schedule, and are even better than promised.

We are excited to use them this summer, and we will certainly come back to Greg and Fishell Paddles for our future needs.


I'm so pleased I went with…

Submitted by: paddler875855 on 9/16/2020
I'm so pleased I went with Fishell! I ordered a pair of Modified Special's from Fishell as a wedding present for a paddling-couple. Working with Greg to have a custom logo engraved on the paddle was a pleasant and the replies to inquiries about logo and paddle selection were very quickly answered. The quality of the paddle is very high and it feels both light weight and sturdy. I opted for a cherry paddles and the finish and engraving looks perfect. I'll update as soon as the couple gets a chance to test em out!