Rutabaga Paddlesports, Brendan, and the “Greek Freak”

I recently ordered new yoke pads for carrying my Wenonah canoe. Rutabega Paddlesports had a great sale. So, I ordered clamp-on pads, made by Chosen Valley Canoe Accessories, from them. These particular pads are nice, as they are very comfortable. But they also elevate the canoe a bit, adding some ease to putting it on or taking it off the top of my Subaru Forester (one thing I’m decidely not is tall).

I live in the same town in which Northwest River Sports is based. They are a great company, and they really do a lot for the community. Unforunately, they don’t sell many canoe-specific products. The nearest store that does stock an extensive collection of canoes and accessories is 90 minutes away in Spokane. So, I sometimes look online to purchase what I need. Rutabega is always one of the first places I check.

When the yoke pads I ordered from Rutabega arrived a couple of days ago (picture on right), they came with some decals as well as a small manilla envelope. Inside the envelope I found a couple of flies, along with a note fom “Brendan” at Rutabega. Brendan wrote that he had perused this blog and very kindly sent along two of his signature “Greek Freak” flies (left picture). This was a great surprise. So, many thanks to Rutabega, and also a huge thanks to Brendan! I’ll be trying these out in the next few days! Brendan, if you ever find yourself poking around North Idaho or Western Montana, give me a shout.

To the rest of you, if you need to order a paddling product online, check out Rutabega. And dig that Rutabega pirate logo! Aaargh.


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