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I like the idea of the Micro, as I can get different size sticks for specific fishing and remove if not needed. The fact that they are so light weight and less moving parts means less maintenance (in theory) vs the pro series or blade. Cost wise, I can get dual Micros for less than either of the other PP's, but is that overkill? Will one do the trick on a Mosquito? I think i would use them mostly after hook ups and/or on trips when I'm not poling. Thoughts?
 

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None. I couldn’t imagine two of those ugly things mounted on a nice boat. Let alone one. Just my opinion. They may be functional, but I’ve fished all my life and done fine without one. There may have been times when one would be nice. But I could count those on one hand.
On the other hand I fish mostly where there is no current, mostly soft bottom so stopping is relatively easy with a pole. I’m sure there are areas people fish that would change my opinion on the use of a powerpole. But not change my opinion of appearance.
 

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Hahaha! I agree with you on appearance. It’s akin to a swingin’ cb antennae on big trucks. What if I put a tennis ball on em, you ok with that? Ha! I envision keeping the sticks under gunnel unless in use, but I’m with you on looks.
 

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I have two, one on the bow and one on the transom. I use the skiff primarily to fly fish for tailers, sometimes solo. If I see a tailer I can put the poles down, go to the bow where my line is already stripped into a basket and cast to the fish. They are quiet enough not to spook the fish.
 

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Last week I was fishing with a guide in the LA marsh. He knows I'm in the process of spec-ing out my boat build so was making suggestions as the days progressed. As we moved around the marsh we came across many situations where we would have the wind to our back and need to hold the boat in one position-of course he was on the pole so was able to do that. But if I was fishing solo in my boat I'd have to stake out somehow as blowing water into the area trying to hold with the troll motor would just spook off the fish.

Initially he suggested adding a power pole on the back, than it became two power poles so the boat won't swing. He's running an all carbon Chittum so he understands I'm trying to keep my new build as light as possible while being as functional as possible for my mission.

He has a single Micro on the back, and has had to replace it multiple times, all under warranty, because of water getting into the unit [others have posted here that the cover should be removed and silicone glue used to effectively seal the unit].

As I struggle with the same question as the OP I'm thinking perhaps one Micro on the back and a stake-out spike hole up front where I could drop a spike if I needed to keep the boat from swinging. Or should it be two Micros on the back. Or should I forget about the Micro and just put a Power-pole Blade on the back and stake-out spike in the front. Or perhaps two Power-pole Blades on the back [shudder]. A tough decision for me to be sure.
 

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Hahaha! I'm going freakin crazy looking at this option sheet trying to run through all the scenarios. Haven't worked in days, just been surfing boat porn! How am I gonna pay for this thing! HAHA! So, after sleeping on it I have decided to pass on the micro(s) and just get a wang anchor or steak to keep under gunnel. I feel like that will give me a good Idea for now and I can add later if I feel the need. Keep in touch, I'm sure I will have changed my mind by this pm.
 

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I would try out one micro first on a removable bracket mounted to the poling platform or maybe a motor mount bracket. That way if you hate it, you don’t have any holes in the boat.
I would remove mine if I could. But, I’ll just leave it. Maybe the next guy who owns the boat will like it better than me.
 
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