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We’ve had a crazy fun whirlwind of trade show travels this season, promoting our two new products for 2016, the Hybrid Felt Soled Wading Shoes and STL “Light” Wading Boots. Our most recent trip to Canoecopia, however, was eventful enough to merit its own blog post, so this week we’re giving you to full run-down on our experience.
What is Canoecopia, you may ask? With over 20,000 attendees per year, Canoecopia is the largest paddlesports consumer event in the world, lasting three days and featuring over 110 seminars and 250,000 square feet of retail therapy for the best canoes, kayaks, stand up paddleboards, and other outdoor equipment and clothing. Kayak fishing has also grown massively in popularity over the past several years, with more anglers taking advantage of the affordability and minimal noise of man-powered vessels over motor boats. Fly fishing is great fun from a kayak as well, especially on lakes for bass or trout, and our newly released Hybrid Felt Soled Wading Shoes were designed with kayak fishers in mind.
As the name implies, Canoecopia attracts a multiple of companies who specialize in custom canoes. From single person canoes to two-seaters, you can find a canoe for lakes, rivers, day trips, overnighters, and everything in between.
Along with a great canoe selection comes even more choices for paddles. After all, when you’re relying solely on a paddle for transportation, you want one that will fit your hand comfortably for extended periods of time and be suited to your paddling situation (lake, river, rapids, etc.).
But let’s not forget about the kayaks. With kayak fishing adding to the number of recreational paddlers every year, dealers offer kayaks to fit every budget, need, water body, experience level, and even color preference.
Once again, you have lots of options for kayak paddles as well.
And for the particularly discerning kayak enthusiast, some companies even offer custom wooden kayaks and build-your-own-boat kits.
Stand-up paddleboards have also exploded in popularity within paddle sports, with people even using them for paddleboard yoga and fishing, though we’re not sure how that would work if someone hooked a really big fish. Nevertheless, Canoecopia featured numerous dealers with paddleboards of varying shapes, sizes, colors, and stability.
For attendees who already have the kayaks and canoes covered, Canoecopia also featured dealers with various paddling accessories and outdoor equipment to help people make the most of their time on the water. For instance, you can totally deck out your kayak with custom banners, sails, and covers.
Need a new outdoor pack? People had plenty of choices for day packs, overnight packs, and other organizational tools to hold all your outdoor supplies.
Whether you fish or just spend a lot of time outdoors, a good, sharp knife is an essential tool. Fortunately Canoecopia also featured knife and hand tool dealers.
Finally, we attended the show to promote our best boots, waders, and wading socks for fishing and paddling. Our new Hybrid Felt Soled Wading Shoes are a great standalone product for wet wading and kayak fishing, but people have also been using our Hippies, Mukluks, and wading boots for years to keep their feet warm and dry so they can spend more of the year on the water. People loved checking out our products, both old and new, at Canoecopia, and we had plenty of satisfied customers.
That wraps up the highlights for Canoecopia! Our next and final stop of the season will be closer to home at the Virginia Fly Fishing and Wine Festival, April 9th-10th. We hope you can join us and our Pro Staff for that event, and don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter (@chotachief), Google+ (Chota Chief), and Instagram (chota_outdoor_gear) so you’ll be the first to know the latest Chota-related news!
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