what features would you want that you can't seem to find in stores?
I am about to make one of my own, I want one tool that I can use both to pole off gravel bars and use to paddle in deeper water.
I am planning on a fairly standard length, I think I'll start with the Ottertail type blade profile, but I am going to run the round center shaft all the way down and a bit past the tip of the blade so I can put a cap on it like a regular canoe pole.
I motor mostly anyway, and most often use my (third this summer and already cracked) paddle to push off gravel bars anyway.
What I don't want is both a pole and a paddle taking up room in the boat.
How about you?