I am a strong believer in making yourself visible when on the water. There are many powerboats and sailboats plying the waters where I live and fish. I chose bright orange colors for two of my kayaks -- Slayer Propel and Manta Ray 14, and Lizard Lick for my new Manta Ray 11. Many paddlers add flags to their kayaks. Those do help your visibility. But I have observed that brightly colored moving paddle blades are more visible at a distance than a flag. I previously used a paddle with yellow blades. It was visible from a long distance away. Last fall, I upgraded to a very light Werner Ikelos carbon fiber paddle. I love the light weight, large blade area, and stiffness that the Ikelos provides. The only thing I did not like was the lack of visibility of the black carbon fiber blade color. I added strips of white reflective tape and yellow plastic tape to both sides of the blades to improve visibility. [ATTACH=CONFIG]5001[/ATTACH] Yesterday I fished with my buddy who has a paddle kayak. I fished from my Slayer Propel. He forgot to bring his paddle and borrowed mine for the day. I was able to see the two paddle blades moving up and down from more than half a mile away on a tidal river. I hated to deface the sleek looking black Werner paddle blade but am very pleased with the safety element the tape provides.
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