Fishermen are getting on board with the stand-up paddle board craze

Scott Willoughby
The Denver Post
The stand-up paddle board, or SUP, is gaining popularity as a freshwater fishing vessel. Various designs, like the Creek Company Osprey shown here, allow for rod holders, coolers, anchor systems and deck rigging for tackle boxes and nets.
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STATE BRIDGE — In the hierarchy of Colorado fishing vessels, the dory remains king of the big rivers, with rubber rafts ruling the technical whitewater and various iterations of motorized bass boats decked with trolling motors, swivel seats and live wells claiming the throne on still-water lakes.

But for those seeking a reasonable Jack-of-all-trades, a surfboard — of all things — is quickly carving its way into the niche previously held by canoes and kayaks.

We’re not talking surfboards in the traditional “hang 10” sense. Rather, it’s the seemingly ubiquitous stand-up paddle boards, or SUPs, that have blown up in Colorado over the past five years and are now finding their way into the freshwater angling community.

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