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Fishing and Canoes

Hey guys! I need some advice on two key issues:

Firstly, I'm planning to bring some friends fishing from the shore of Lake Palourde on Sunday (4/7/19), but there will likely be moderate rain starting after we arrive and lasting longer than we will stay. Should this mean I change my plan? My only concern is if the fishing will be good. We don't mind the rain, really.

Finally, I plan to build a 3-seater, 14 by 4 foot canoe with my college friends in order to give us something more to do than sitting inside. I'd like to do it with cedar strips, but do you have any advice that would make it a bit easier of a process? Additionally, what accessories and additions would you recommend I add to it? What are your canoe must-haves?