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Wood and Canvas American Angler Canoe
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Inventory current as of August 2017
Swift River Fly Fishing offers three models of wooden canoes, designed specifically for anglers, with the stability to make them suitable for fly-fishing and water fowling. Wooden canoes have a great tradition, with wood and canvas replacing the birch bark construction of Native American origin in the mid 19th century. Wood and epoxy is more recent and valued for showing the natural elegance of the wood while minimizing weight. Canoes build by either method last a lifetime. Enjoy the beauty of a uniquely American watercraft.
The Warden’s Worry canoe is a traditional wood and canvas with marine paint on top and amber shellac on the bottom. The inside is sealed with multiple coats of spar varnish. It can be ordered in a light-weight version, weighing 55 rather than 65 pounds. The standard features on this canoe make it one of the best values in traditional North American canoes. One or two of the Warden’s canoes are kept in stock at Swift River Fly Fishing at all times..
Osprey - Length: 14’2” - Beam: 40” - Weight: 82 lbs. - Capacity: 825 lbs. - $5700 Red Cedar
The American Angler is an equally beautiful watercraft and as stable yet easy to paddle as any canoe on the market. The traditional bow and stern allow the boat to be paddled in either direction depending on the number of paddlers. It comes standard with Mahogany decks, outwhales and thwarts, as well as hand laced rawhide seats, and traditional sculpted carrying yoke for easy portage. It has a full length keel for enhanced tracking. At 58 punds it can be easily managed by a single person and easily portaged. Add a tumpline for greater ease if you anticipate longer carries. $3900 in Stock
American Angler - Length: 13'8" - Beam: 39" - Weight: 58 lbs. - Capacity: 650 lbs. - $3900 Red Cedar
The Warden’s Worry canoe is designed and built by Maine Guide Dave Mussey. It too is specifically made with fly-fishing in mind, broad of beam and flat bottomed for enhanced stability. Yet it is also designed with graceful entry and sheer lines as well as moderate tumblehome to give it an elegant, traditional look. The two-color canvas with a color of choice on top and amber shellac on the bottom adds to the overall beauty. Other standard features include woven cane seats with ash frames, half ribs, a hand carved portaging yoke and a removable thwart for solo paddling, all features that are generally at additional cost on other canoes. $4200 - Cranberry and Blue models in stock
Cranberry Warden's Worry With Amber Shellac Bottom (color may not appear true on all monitors)
Length: 14'2" - Beam: 39" - Weight: 65 Ibs. - Depth: 12" - Bow Height: 21.5 " - $4200
Blue Warden's Worry
Length: 14'2" - Beam: 39" - Weight: 65 Ibs. - Depth: 12" - Bow Height: 21.5 " - $4200
Swift River Special Canoe Rods – Dry Fly & Streamer Models
Three-piece, two-tip, eight foot six inch rods.
The Dry Fly Special Canoe Rod is a 5/6 weight intended to cast large dry flies with range and accuracy. The taper is similar to the early Leonard 50 1⁄2 with size 16 and 11 ferrules, for a medium dry fly action. Ferrules are oxidized and the grip a 6.5 inch cigar design, with up or down locking reel seat. Wraps are olive green with burgundy trim.
The 7 weight Special Streamer Canoe Rod is based on the Payne Canoe rod, with medium-fast action and the muscle to cast a good sized streamer. It has size 17 and 12 oxidized ferrules. The wrap colors are burgundy with olive trim. It has a 6.5 inch cigar grip and up or down locking reel seat.
Rods come with brass capped tubes and bags. They are priced at $1395.
Badger Canoe Paddles
The right canoe paddle of the right length and design makes all the difference, whether on a short pleasure cruise or a long trip. The right paddle reduces fatigue and increases comfort and efficiency. Badger Paddles of Huntsville Ontario makes hand crafted paddles based on traditional and proven designs. Most are built from ash, a few from maple. Specialty woods such as cherry and walnut are available by special order. Each design, while acceptable for most uses, is best suited for specific roles.
Those based on traditional Beaver tail shapes (a wider blade) are best for shorter trips, stronger paddlers and stern use. Otter tail shaped paddles (longer slimmer blades) are better stuited to bow paddlers or any use of several hours per day. Voyaguer style paddles are valued for long wilderness trips and pushing off from rocks or shallows bottoms. Stealth paddles are prized by those who enjoy specialty strokes and moving in close to birds and wildlife or fish in shallow water.
Badger Paddles use their own specially formulated oil finish, making it easier to refinish whenever needed. The waterproof oil gives the wood a beautiful, antique look. Buy two paddles and Swift River will include a free can of Paddle Oil. Otherwise cans are $12.75 each. Varnished paddles on request. All paddles come with a paddle sock for protection.
The Badger Tail is based on the beaver tail design with a wide, tapered blade to move more water and serve as a good stern rudder. The original beaver tail design is attributed to the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy and Iroquois. The wide bottom of the blade moves deep water for a fluid stroke. $120
The Badger Tripper employs the classic otter tail shape with a slimmer blade to reduce fatigue. It is a favorite all around paddle, especially for long days on the water. It too was a favorite shape among the Passamaquoddy as well as the Ojibway. $120
The Badger Nomad is a voyaguer style paddle, initially favored among fur traders. It has a longer shaft and a shorter blade especially suited to larger canoes yet meant to go a long distance. It is also great for taller paddlers who must reach farther to paddle efficiently. $135
The Badger Sliver is what many call a stealth paddle but the Badger version is much more than that. It has a long thin blade, great for solo padling in smaller craft, tandem tripping and underwater recovery strokes. $120
Proper sizing is important. All models are in stock in lengths from 63 to 54 inches. Longer or shorter paddles can be special ordered. I can give advice on proper sizing or intended uses and models. One rule for sizing is to measure from the floor to your chin for a bow paddle and from the floor to the bridge of your nose for a stern paddle.
Canoe Packs and Bags
Frost River Canoe Packs - Swift River stocks rugged waxed canvas canoe packs made in Duluth, Minnesota. They are traditional packs designed for trappers, traders and woodsmen, with superior construction and durability. They are all American made and among the best in the world. The waxed canvas from Fairfield Textiles uses Martexin Original Wax, an authentic American product that has stood the test of time and outfitted American outdoorsmen for generations.The leather straps and reinforcements come from the SB Foot Tannery in Red Wing, Minnesota, founded in 1872. All of the buckles, snaps, slides, and D-rings are solid brass. While we keep up to a dozen Packs and Bags in stock, any Frost River Product can be ordered with a typical delivery time of 2 to 4 weeks.
Packs and Bags in Stock:
Canoe Thwart Bag ($85) - Nesmuch Pack ($225) - Signature Pack ($225) - Old # 7 Pack ($325)
Isle Royale Bushcraft Jr. ($375) - Woodsman Pack ($295) - Prairie Boot Bag ($260) - Mesabi Daypack ($160)
Manitou Shoulder Bag ($140) - Messenger Bag ($150) - Canvas Bucket ($30) - Canvas Creek Bank Tackle Box ($220)
Woodsman Pack, Canoe Signature Pack, Isle Royal Pack, Prairie Boot Bag
Nessmuck Pack, Jacobson Signature Pack, Old # 7
High-quality pocket knives are a valuable addition to an angler's gear and serve many purposes.This selection of American made knives by W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery and Queen Cutlery have stag bone handles and stainless steel blades. They are highly collectible.
The Case Canoe Stag Handle knife is 3 5/8" when closed, with stainless steel spear & pen blades. The stag handle is complimented by nickel silver bolsters and inlay shield. $120
The Case Mini Trapper Regal Stag knife measures 3 1/2" when closed, with stainless steel clip and spey blades, genuine stag handles, nickel silver bolsters and inlay stripe. . $124.
The Queen Canoe Knife is also 3 5/8" when closed, with spear and pen blades of D2 tool steel and aged honey amber stag bone handle, nickel silver bolsters and inlay shield. $98
Stag Bone Case Canoe, Amber Stag Bone Queen Canoe and Stag Case Mini Trapper