January 15, 2005
Dear Thelma and Randy,
I've been paddling and fishing in a variety of boats for most of my life. I've paddled ABS and kevlar canoes for 25 years, but that changed when I visited Fletcher Canoes in Atikokan on one of my many trips to Quetico. After researching wood and canvas canoe builders, I came to the conclusion that Fletcher Canoes are second to none.
I bought a Bill Mason Special last year and paddled it for two weeks on a group trip
in Quetico Provincial Park. My friends, who were paddling kevlar canoes, joked at
the beginning of the trip that I wouldn't be able to keep up with them. They soon
realized they were wrong. My Bill Mason Special tracked well across large, wind-
My experience was so favorable, I returned to Fletcher and put in my order for a
red Fletcher's Fancy. I took it on a solo trip to the Boundary Waters and discovered
that it has all the exceptional qualities of the Bill Mason Special in a smaller
package. The capacity is large enough for a two-
The wood and canvas canoes have a substantial feel that simply cannot be matched by a kevlar or ABS canoe. Even more important for me, the wood used in making the canoe gives me a deeper connection to the land and its ancestor, the birch bark canoe. The Fletcher Canoe is a great example of a thousand years of evolution in canoe building. Thelma and Randy are truly artists, and I want to thank them for making canoes that I will enjoy for many years and one day, pass on to my sons.
Glen Ellyn, Illinois