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I've had this wonderful paddle for 14 years. It takes time spent in my kayak to a new level of enjoyment. I've used it with a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120, an inexpensive 10' fishing SOT , and my new Eddyline Skylark. I also have an AquaBound carbon paddle and a bent shaft Werner, both great paddles, but the Mitchell Horizon is in a league of it's own. The feel in your hands is great, a perfect shape, like it was made to be there. It's so smooth and lightweight, and it's the perfect paddle for the Skylark. The stroke is silent and strong and the narrow blade design is extremely efficient on a windy day. Yesterday I took some time to give it a little TLC with several coats of shellac, then sanded, polished, and waxed. I was so anxious to get out on the water I forgot to put my drip rings back on. But I found after the refreshing and waxing I gave it that the paddle shed water much more efficiently than before. I stayed quite dry and will no longer be using the drip rings. If you love to kayak I highly recommend this paddle.

I have been enjoying a Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 sit in type kayak for 14 years. I love the kayak and I've used it for fishing but due to the hull shape the flush mount rod holders I installed had to be placed too far behind me. With a pair of bad shoulders it's uncomfortable to reach behind me that far. And there's not much room for my size 12 feet in the Pungos sit in type hull. I have always wondered what a sit on top kayak designed for fishing would be like but was hesitant to spend a lot on something I wasn't sure I would like. When I stopped at my local Tractor Supply store for dog food and saw a Tamarack out front priced at $299 I grabbed it. I figured this way I could try a sit on top and if I liked it then I'd sell it and shop for a higher quality one. We live on a tidal creek and I've had this out about 10 times so far and each time I ask myself why would I want anything more? The Tamarack is stable and tracks pretty well. The Pungo may be a little quicker but the Tamarack isn't bad at all. I don't take a lot of gear with me, two rods and a few lures, a PFD, a few cold adult beverages and a jacket and I'm good to go. I don't need rails for accessories or a fish finder. An empty Folger's coffee container fits nicely in the round hatch to serve as a dry box. The seat isn't anything more than a thin pad but the backrest is helpful. Sitting on a floating throw cushion helps make up for the inadequate seat pad and is comfortable enough. I tried using an Ozark Trail stadium seat that I've seen people say is a nice mod but IMHO it was horrible. Apparently Cascade Mountain has a stadium seat that may work and actually be comfortable. I'll never take this on a long journey, I just head out for several hours at a time. It's so peaceful and soothing to the soul to be in a kayak. And I have been catching more fish from the Tamarack than my bay boat : )