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Dagger Kayaks Roam 9.5 Lime – DEMO $675

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Canoeing the James River, Scottsville to Hardware

by Brian Vincent

“And what is so rare as a day in June?
Then, if ever, come perfect days;
Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,
And over it softly her warm ear lays;
Whether we look, or whether we listen,
We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;”
-Lowell

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Canoeing the James River is a most do for all Virginians, particularly during the summer. There are many beautiful sections along America’s Founding River. Sometimes it’s hard to decide which one to hit. We picked a familiar one this past weekend and it was a near perfect day to be on the water.

The Scottsville to Hardware River W.M.A. is an excellent 5.8 mile float. There are good ramps at both ends. The upper part of the float consists of long, calm pools and the lower section finishes around some cool islands. For everyone in the Central VA region, put it on your list.

You can see the put-in from the bridge coming into Scottsville from the south on Rt 20. And below you’ll see a map of the shuttle run. You can reach the Hardware WMA ramp by following the signs off RT. 6. You can find more James River Float Maps here.

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Shuttle – The car shuffling logistics that ensures you have one car at the put-in and one at the take-out. Make sure the one at the take-out is the bigger of the two, so you can shuttle all the boats and people back to the put-in. 

Speaking of shuttles, this trip marked the first time “No Shuttle” Taylor aka Bob Taylor, ARC owner, would be back in a canoe and on the river since his shoulder surgery last year. He earned that playful nickname for his ability to always catch rides back to the put-in, therefore eliminating his need to run shuttle. Or as my wife likes to put it, Papa is skilled in the ways of river culture.  And he hasn’t missed a paddle stroke. My wife and I marveled at how effortlessly he piloted that canoe and stayed out ahead of us. We still have a lot to learn.

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That’s my oldest, 3yr. old MLV, sitting between her grandparents. This was her second trip with her new Bending Branches Twig paddle and she got to learn from her Maa and Papa who have 40+ years of experience paddling together. Pretty cool stuff right there.

The great thing about most of the James River floats are the abundant opportunities to get out and stretch your legs, swim and have lunch. On the Scottsville To Hardware section you’ll find a sweet shallow section on the left side of the first big island. It’s shaded by trees and offers a good rock bed to stop and play upon. It’s a good chance to get the kids in the water.

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My youngest, 1.5 yr. old EBV, enjoyed swimming in the shallows.

There is no better place for a family to connect, amidst this fast paced digital world, than in the outdoors. Family river trips are gold when it comes to making lasting memories, and summer river trips have a special kind of magic. Here’s MLV getting some river schooling from her Papa. From one adventurer to another.

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A little further down in the islands to the right, you’ll come across some small rock beaches. These are good spots for camping or just hanging out and having lunch. We stopped for just that reason.

 “No Shuttle” Taylor sitting in a familiar spot, alongside the James River.

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There are lots of things to be proud of growing up a military brat. But I secretly yearned for a stronger sense of place. So many great writers that I admire have it. I’ve got two big boxes of photos I use for Throwback Thursdays and I often come across old family photos of my wife, her sister and her mother swimming in the James on canoe trips. It was pretty neat to look out on our trip and see my girls swimming with their mother and grandmother. That sense of place is being passed down to my kids.

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The James River also has lots of smallmouth bass. Smallies are pound for pound some of the fiercest fighters. Throw spinners and tubes, drift plastic worms over holes, etc and you’re virtually guaranteed to catch a few. Even the small ones are fun. Nothing gets your kids psyched like seeing a fish.

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**There are a few ripples on this stretch, nothing very alarming, but be aware of rocks. Nothing capsizes a canoe faster than getting stuck or getting knocked  off balance by a rock. When you hit the islands stick to the middle path and you’ll avoid the majority of the ripples.

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We are in the thick of summer and the James River is a beautiful place to enjoy the season. Get out there! If you have kids and are hesitate, visit my Tips for Canoeing With Kids. Combine that with this brief trip report and directions for the Scottsville to Hardware float and you’re ready to hit the water.

Of course if you do not have a canoe or kayaks, you can rent from some of the companies along the James in the area like James River Reeling and Rafting or James River Runners. Then after you’ve fallen in love with the Virginia scenery and the communion of the river, you can visit us at www.paddleva.com and shop for a canoe of your own. After all, once you own a canoe, the world around you opens up with fantastic opportunities to explore your surroundings. Virginia is a beautiful state. Go PaddleVa!

Quick Gear Tips:

1) Get some good paddles like the Bending Branches sticks. A good paddle makes a big difference.

2) Invest in some quality river shoes. My wife and I sport Astral shoes. Astral designs footwear that is highly functional and is stylish enough to hit the beer garden for a post-paddle beverage. They drain and dry quick!

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3) The Nemo Helio Pressure Shower. I just started using this thing and it’s pretty sweet. You pressurize the water pod and then spray away with the nozzle. No need to elevate it. I used it to spray down my girls after the river trip. It was awesome.

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4) Most importantly. A good canoe. A good canoe will last you for decades. We have one of the best selections of canoes available. Why? Because we believe in the good that a great canoe can bring to the world. Appomattox River Company started in 1977, selling canoes.

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Rookie Mistakes – Lessons Learned While Kayak Fishing

by Brian Vincent

I started working at Appomattox River Company in May of 2012. That fall I had moved into a marketing/ digital role and begun looking for ways to increase our brand awareness. Appomattox River Company already had a good name in the paddle-sports industry, and I wanted to find more people and draw them in to the fun. I paddled some canoes as a kid, and I’d paddled a little whitewater, but there were so many long time canoeists and whitewater paddlers in the company here in Farmville, that I decided to tackle a different scene.

I decided to try kayak fishing. I’d fished as a kid, on occasion as a teen, but hadn’t done much in my adult life. So I started casting lines from a used kayak in April of 2013. I got into kayak fishing thinking that it would be a good marketing angle, to pick up some skills, and to relate to that portion of the paddle-sports market. I also thought it wouldn’t hurt to appeal to the larger fishing market. I had no idea that this motivation would quickly turn into an absolute obsession, and that within me lay dormant a passion that exploded with that first cast and that first kayak caught bass.

By June of 2013, the addiction was firmly entrenched. I had caught my first saltwater fish from a kayak while in NC.

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It’s been over 2 years since this journey began. I’ve learned quite a bit along the way. I decided to list some of those lessons. This by no means will be an exhaustive list, and I’ll compile a more technical one soon. But if you’re just starting out kayak angling, hopefully some of these will help you out. Kayak fishing is a fantastic, soulful way to spend some time.

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1) You do not need to buy a top of the line kayak, but you do need to talk to some experienced people about the best kind of kayak for the water you plan to be fishing, combined with your height/weight and paddling ability. I see articles stating that you can start with a $200 kayak. That’s true, for some folks. But I’ve fielded a lot of phone calls from people who bought big box store kayaks that can’t carry their weight. It helps to talk to people who know kayaks, before you buy.

2) Don’t bring your most expensive rods on the kayak your first few times on the water. You will probably flip (or turtle) once or twice, better to lose or break cheap rods than to watch your favorite ones float to the bottom of a deep lake. If anyone ever finds my 3 nice Abu Garcia rods at the bottom of Summersville Lake in WV, let me know. I did rescue my daughter’s hat though before turtling. :)

3) Kayak fishing is distinctly different than fishing from a boat. You must be self-reliant and prepared to handle any situation, on your own. It’s both the beauty and risk associated with the activity. Wear your PFD. There have been a lot of drownings lately due to kayak fisherman going in the drink without flotation. I carry a lot of essential items in my PFD that I need. It’s a tool that I do not fish without. Fishing PFDs have come a long way. These aren’t the 1970’s banana colored, camp lifejackets.

4) Speaking of bananas. Don’t show up to the boat launch, on tournament day, or any day, eating a banana. People will yell at you. Seriously, it’s a thing. Google it. I made the mistake once. Never again.

5)  Try not to hassle people for fishing spot info. Have a sense of adventure. Read fishing reports, look at Google Earth, scour old forum posts and investigate. You can learn a lot about patterns, good fishing holes, etc from just a wee bit of effort. As I stated before, kayak anglers are pretty self-reliant folks, and most of the good ones put in a lot of hours honing skill and finding good spots. Don’t expect them to just turn around and hand that info over to you if you’re not going to show any initiative. But do your homework and get after it and you’ll quickly be welcomed into a great community of giving people.

6) Want to get a great shot of your catch? Get a mount for your camera (Yak Attack or Yak Gear). Attach some fish grips to a T-Reign retractor tether. When you catch that big’un, slap it on the tethered fish grips and let it chill in the water while you get your camera all set up. Press the timer setting and when the camera gets ready to shoot, pull your fish up and it will be fresh for the photo.

7) Which brings me to this tip for action cam users. GoPro cameras have many settings, but few buttons. Learn to navigate them quickly and correctly, because if you accidentally hit “Burst” instead of “Time Lapse” you end up with 20 of these shots and none of the full fish. This was a good 3-4 lber I swear. 😉

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8) If you’re going to be out all day, invest in some sun protection clothing. It’s to difficult to remember to lather up sunscreen throughout the day. With SPF clothing you don’t need to, and you can pretend you’re a kayak fishing ninja. Burn your shins enough, you’ll layer up.

9) Hydrate. Remember that kayak fishing all day is exercise, much more so than sitting on a boat. If you go out all day, bring enough water. Nothing disorientates me like a lack of water. It’s hard to focus on figuring out a pattern for catching fish, when your brain is shriveled up like a raisin. Dehydration will make you grumpy and will just compound your frustration if the fish aren’t biting.

10) The most important lesson for those of you who come from fishing to kayak fishing is this: A bad day kayak fishing is still a good day kayaking. I struggle sometimes to remember this one. But studies show, exercise makes us happier people. So get out there, paddle and fish. Don’t be scared to put in some work. Some of my most rewarding days involve lots of paddling to find the fish. And when it pays off, I feel like a warrior.

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I’ll put together a more technical list soon. Plus, as a marketing guy, I’ll put together some tips for setting up your shots so that they can be used for ads, etc. There is a lot of talk in the blogosphere about obtaining “Pro Staff” level. These days with all the social media marketing, etc you can get a lot of attention just for well composed photos. Catching fish is important, but setting up a good picture is just as important, if not more so. And truthfully, the most important thing to me, and Appomattox River Company, is finding kayak anglers that are good ambassadors aka good people.

Big Kayaking Demo Day 2015 – Recap

by Brian Vincent

This past Saturday, on June 13th,  we held our Demo Day here in Farmville, Va. It was a kayaking explosion. It is the one day out of the year when you can see and paddle almost any kayak, canoe, SUP, etc in the paddle-sports industry. All the vendors we stock show up on the island at Wilck’s Lake Park and bring all their greatest products for you to test out. It’s a heck of a good time.

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This year the weather was toasty warm, the skies were blue and the water was calm. Well, until the storms showed up around 3pm. Apologizes to everyone who missed their chance to Demo, but when lightening strikes and thunder rumbles, boats come off the water. From gate open at 9am until the afternoon storm, Wilck’s Lake was hopping with psyched paddlers.

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Once again we had some of the finest folks in the paddle-sports industry, from National sales Managers to Pro Staff, on hand to help educate and facilitate. There were so many excellent ambassadors to our industry present on the island. We’d like to send a big thank you to everyone who came and represented their brands with such exuberance and professionalism. You guys and gals truly rocked it!

Sales Managers, Reps., and Pro Staff:

Cliff Earle – Rep. Eddyline Kayaks, Elie Kayaks,  Bending Branches Paddles, Aqua-Bound Paddles, Stohlquist PFD

Greg Franklin – Rep. Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoes & Kayak

Jim Goodrich – Rep. Malone Racks

Lee Williams- Pro Staff Kayak Angler- Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe & Kayak

Kayak Kevin Whitley – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe & Kayak, Aqua-Bound Paddles

Rob Choi – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe & Kayak, Werner Paddles

Dinver McClure -Rep.  Feelfree Kayaks

Joel Boueres  – Rep. Feelfree Kayaks

Dave Blanding – Rep. Jackson Kayak

Jameson Redding – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Jackson Kayak, Bending Branches Paddles

Megan Kieninger- Rep. Werner Paddles

Drew Camp – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Jackson Kayak, Werner Paddles

Chip Camp – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Werner Paddles

William Ragulsky – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Hurricane Kayaks, Astral, Werner Paddles

Steve Jordan – Pres. Hurricane Kayaks

Jon Stewart – Rep. Hurricane Kayaks

Andrew Moczygemba – National Sales Manager Railblaza USA

Clay Hardin – Rep. Native Watercraft, Thule Racks

Bradley Scott – Rep. Native Watercraft, Thule

Mark and Kris Lozier – Pro Staff Kayak Anglers – Native Watercraft, Astral, Werner Paddles

Edward Crumb – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Native Watercraft

Spencer Cooke – Rep. Astral, Cannon Paddles, Accent Paddles

Yonton Mehler – VP Operations – Astral

Chuck Morris – Rep. Confluence Outdoor- Wilderness Systems, Dagger Kayaks, WaveSport Kayaks, Perception Kayaks

Lila Menzies – Rep. Confluence Outdoor, At Paddles

Ben Lawry – Confluence Outdoors National Technical Instructor

Aaron Dryden – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Wilderness Systems, AT Paddles

Jay Brooks – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Wilderness Systems, AT Paddles

Ray Montes – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Wilderness Systems

Michael Garrett – Rep Hobie Kayaks

Chuck Wrenn – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Hobie Fishing

Grant Alvis – Pro Staff Kayak Angler – Hobie Fishing

Brian Day – Head of US Sales – Pyranha Kayaks

Harry Longerbeam – National Sales Manager- Point 65 Kayaks

Luther Cifers – Pres. Yak Attack

John Hipsher – Sales and Marketing – Yak Attack

Justin Sams – Rep. BIC SUP

Ben Moore – Pro Staff SUP  – BIC SUP, Werner Paddles

Casi Cincotta Rynkowski – BIC SUP Ambassador, Fitness

Thomas Fleming – Pres. Diablo Paddlesports

Jay Korbell – Pres. Diablo Paddlesports

Seth Goodrich – TKAA Board Member

Dan Williams – Rep. Yakima Racks

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We’d also like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who stepped up and helped out. Long time members of the family like Bo Tucker, Scott Keaton, Elizabeth McBride etc came out and really played integral roles, helping make the day a success.

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Big props go out to all the ARC Family on the island, Tom D., Mary, Sara D., Sara M., and Vic. From the organizing of the event to the execution, this is a giant undertaking and everyone rocked it!

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We’d also like to acknowledge the backbone of the whole event, the crew. The ARC Family in Farmville works hard for weeks leading up to this day, unloading and loading truck loads of boats, sweating it out day after day. On Demo Day this crew is joined by staff members from the other ARC stores and together they bust their tails loading kayaks, selling kayaks and installing racks, etc. Customer service has always been our focus and our guys and gals on the front lines embody that ethos. High fives and big props all around. You guys and gals crushed it!

Thank You to Sterling, Chris, Brian G, Coltin, Brian VS, Spencer, Al, Reggie, Daniel, Andrea, Hallie, Blake, and Kyle.

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So, how did it all go? Well, it was a record breaking year in every facet. Over 800+ people visited the island to Demo boats,etc. And while we measure a great deal of the success of this event by the smiles we see on people’s faces, it was also a record sales day, and that makes us pretty happy too. 😉

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A Big Thank You to everyone who came out to our Big Demo Day. Without your patronage there would be no event. Your interest and psyche make it happen. We’ll be back next year, bigger and better, so keep the second Saturday in June clear on your calendar.

Find more photos from Demo Day on our Facebook Page here: https://www.facebook.com/paddleva

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Post – Demo Day Kayak Fishing:

I look forward to my post- Demo Day paddle. I had another good bass day this year.

I got to try out the new Wilderness Systems ATAK Fishing Kayak after Demo Day. I took it out for a while on Monday. I’ll be posting a review in the coming weeks. First impression is definitely favorable, and the bass seemed to like it. Here are a few shots. The ATAK is very stable and has pretty good hull speed. It was a beautiful evening on Briery Creek Lake.

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Top Ten Tips for Canoeing With Kids

by Brian Vincent

The idea of taking your young kids canoeing can be a daunting proposition. There are so many factors to account for and the downside of screwing it up can be hours of crying leading to a hatred for being on the river. Whoa, why would you even do it? Because it’s awesome.

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Recently my wife and I hit the river with our 3yr. old and our 1yr. old. It would be our youngest’s first float. We were joined by some good friends of ours Dave and Tashia and their son Silas. Dave and Tashia are long time friends from WV, transplanted to C-Ville, and this was going to be Silas’s first time in a canoe as well. It was a beautiful day on the river.

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Tips For A Successful Canoe Trip With Kids:

1) Pick a short float. Both our girls have had their first canoe trip on the same section of the James River. In the James River State Park there is a 2 – 2.5 mile float from the Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. The entire trip is within the park and the livery will even run shuttle for you for a small fee. It is the perfect river trip length for younguns. If they get to cranky, paddle fast, you’ll be at Dixon in no time.

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