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Our weather out here in CA has been a little hit or miss lately, but a couple decent days lined up with my days off. So my dad and I hit the water on one of our local floats, the Mokelumne river. My Dad planned on just a relaxing float, while I planned to target the rainbows that inhabit the waters.
We launched to some brisk conditions, which later warmed into a really pleasant day. I brought along my Coosa FD to see how it would perform in moving water and my Dad brought his Kilroy . This particular section of river varies quite a bit in depth, everything from 6” of water or less, to 20ft deep. I figured it would be a good test for the versatility of one of Jackson’s newest kayaks.
I started off throwing my usual jerkbaits and had action almost immediately, with a couple hits that didn’t stick and a nice follower. And it wasn’t long before I had a couple fish on board! This time of year the fish have really bright colors and like always are hard fighters. I picked up fish here and there, with a couple around the 20” mark. There were a few long distance releases, but definitely not a bad day of fishing my local river!
 The Coosa FD changed my normal approach to fishing this section of river. Normally, I stay in a seated position, but the FD is so stable I stood during most of the float. This was great because I could spot not only fish following my lure, but the numerous downed trees in the water. A lot less snags for me! The other big thing for me was being able to maintain my position in moving water. I could pedal to the top of a pool or run and stay there while making multiple casts.  I can see where the Coosa FD will be great for back trolling plugs for salmon or steelhead. I look forward to giving this technique a try in the near future. The more I use this kayak the more I realize how versatile it is!