Since this is my first NAFC guest blog, let me first introduce myself.
My name is Bill Plantan and I have a passion for fishing the moving waters of the upper Midwest. I also design and build canoes specifically for anglers, especially river fishermen.
I first launched a canoe on the Zumbro River Labor Day weekend in 1985 and I was hooked! The peacefulness and beauty on rivers draws me almost as much as the smallmouth, muskie, trout and northern fishing ...
On January 1st of 1990 I started keeping a fishing journal that I still maintain today. Every single day on the water is recorded for 21 years. I can pick up a journal from 1993, read it, and remember what that day was like. My youngest son Sam is 21 and every single fishing trip we have taken together is recorded ... priceless. Sam now guides with me in the summers as does one of my other sons, Adam. We live on the Zumbro River a few miles north of Rochester, MN.
It was during these initial years on the water that I quickly discovered river canoe fishing can be a challenge if you don't have the right craft. There just didn't seem to be a canoe that fit the bill, and in April of 1997 I started River Ridge Custom Canoes. Even if we had only made one of them just for me it would have been worth it!