Videos & Testimonials

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“Late this summer I took 11 days to explore some of the alpine lakes that are spread throughout the western slopes of the Canadian Rockies. I had taken my small sit on top kayak with me so I could properly fish these small lakes. This in itself was an alien experience compared to guiding in my drift boat... but it was working. By sheer luck when I had come back from a solid day on the water I had new neighbours to my campsite. They had come over to ask me how the fishing was and share knowledge on the lake. One of these neighbours was Joe Cunningham of Cunningham Boats. We spoke briefly and planned to meet up on the water the following day. The next morning was the first time I had seen the Chironomid on the water and it was impressive to say the very least. Joe and his good friend Dave we’re both in their Chironomids... standing, casting, landing fish with ease from their canoes??? I was mesmerized by this. I had only fished one time from a canoe and it wasn’t fun. While landing a fish my friend in the bow adjusted in the boat and we fell in, and with that everything from phones, rods, tackle, went into the depths. It wasn’t sturdy, it wasn’t easy to cast from, and it was heavy to load and unload, needless to say that was the one and only time I ever fished from a canoe. But Cunningham’s Chironomid was not the nightmare I had experienced years past. I peppered Joe with questions and was amazed with all the components Joe had lovingly added to the Chironomid. At this point Joe offered me his vessel to take for a test ride. I had an incredible day on the water in the Cunningham Boats creation. From the moment I launched into the lake I knew full well this was something special. I weigh 235 lbs and it was beyond sturdy. The ease and lack of effort that it took to move the Chironomid through the water without tracking side to side was incredible. I was able to stand and cast, turn around, and pull the bow and stern anchors up with ease due to the Chironomid’s anchor system. I love the boat! The topping on the cake for me was that the Chironomid’s Kevlar design was light - literally half the weight my tiny sit on top kayak is! Well... I don’t think I’ll have my kayak for long! From a guide that explores on my own as much as time permits, I could not imagine a better boat for my adventures! Cunningham Boats Chironomid is in a class all its own!”
— Hamish Goodhelpsen, owner of Water Lust Fishing, Alberta

The testimonial of Bob Covey, owner and editor of The Jasper Local, turned out to be a complete story! You can find it on this website on our BLOG page HERE entitled: Who’s Gawkin’ Who?

“I have to admit that fishing out of a canoe would not be my first choice for plying my favourite stillwaters. However, add a pair of stabilizing pontoons and a custom rowing frame and you create a very interesting fishing platform. This is what the chironomid is a surprisingly stable, easy to row boat that is quiet on the water and very comfortable to fish from. I was able to comfortably stand and cast and then easily get back into the comfortable [swivel] seat. Setup of the boat is quick and includes double anchor controls and a nifty anchor line storage system. The canoe itself is easy for one person to load on and off car or truck rack systems. The Chironomid is not only a pleasure to fish from but also a great choice for exploring your favourite or new waters while at the same time getting some enjoyable exercise.”
— Stillwater guru & freshwater biologist Brian Chan
“One day fishing out of a Cunningham Chironomid has soured me on my pontoon boat (once beloved). Way faster, tracks much better, lighter, more comfortable, cast standing up and other stuff too.”
— Guitar legend, Amos Garrett

See what Fly Fusion Magazine has to say about the Chironomid:

“I’m not really a lake fishing guy, but every time I do fish a lake I’m reminded that the contraption I’m fishing from - the boat - is almost as much a handicap as an advantage. The CC boat is different. It cuts the water and glides like a canoe, yet has the stand-up-and-fish stability of a wide flat bottomed pram. You can go like mad, even into the wind, and it’s easy to set up quickly and light enough to load on your truck by yourself. What else would you want?”
— Jim McLennan, author of Trout Streams of Alberta and co-host of Fly Fusion Television
“It’s a lake boat that could be used on slower rivers by anyone with any kind of moving water aptitude. If you fish lakes I have yet to see a design [un-motorized] that allows you to go anywhere near that speed and allows you to stand up and sight-fish. And touching on speed - it’s not just that it can book it across a lake but the ease in which you get moving. Unlike a pontoon boat that chugs & stalls with every single stroke, this thing carries and glides. And standing to spot fish - that is worth a lot to people that want to do some neat things like watch for cruising rainbows or tailing browns in shallow. There’s a ton of subtle things that have been sourced and crafted to make that boat work. And it does exactly what it is supposed to do, very well.”
— Dave Jensen, Alberta Fishing Guide Magazine and Jensen Fly Fishing Adventures
“I took Joe up on his offer—I tried the Chironomid today. The Chironomid really is an amazing boat. It has the speed of a kayak, the payload of a 1-man canoe, and the stability of a pontoon.”
— Dwayne Dickey, small boat enthusiast, exuberant fly fisher, and medical bio-engineer
“I use the Chironomid and I love it! It’s stable, incredibly light and moves really well through the wind….I fished out of a canoe for years before getting the Chironomid and this boat just makes the experience better…. I took it out on a [lake] that I’m normally hesitant to take my canoe on and instead of spending my time worrying about whether I would be able to make it back to the boat launch, I actually had a good time. I was surprised at how easy it cut through the wind and chop. It’s going to make a few lakes so much more pleasant to fish .…”
— Douglas Paton, Outdoors Blogger - The Water Calls
“This is the most unique watercraft available. A handcrafted, lite-weight, stealth canoe with amazing handling qualities and stability. If you don’t have one, get one. You won’t be disappointed.”
— August Komarnicki ,Crowsnest Pass, Alberta. 40 year flyfishing veteran.
“I’ve had the privilege of taking the Chironomid for a spin on several occasions. It’s a remarkable system and beats any watercraft I’ve used for fly fishing. Set up is intuitive and quick and the lightness of the hull along with the parts – which you can sling over your shoulder in a duffle bag - make it breeze to get to and from the water. On the water, it’s lightning fast, taking you wherever you want to be, in no time. High winds are no sweat because this boat tracks incredibly well, and rowing is effortless. The stability while standing is quite something. I never felt unstable, even when chucking huge pike flies or dealing with an 18 ft leader while trout fishing. Joe’s taken the best features of other vessels and merged them into a simple yet sophisticated, elegant craft.”
— Scott Pohorelic, Fly Fisher, Chef Extraordinaire - Calgary AB
“This is a fantastic fishing boat!!!
It rows very easy
Nice high upright sitting position
Great anchoring system
Stable for stand up fishing
Easy to assemble and dis-assemble
Room for cargo
Looks super cool (lots of compliments from bystanders)”
— Rod Mayes, Edmonton Trout Fishing Club
“As the Cunningham Boats website states, the Chironomid is: ‘the most stable, comfortable, effective, fast, impervious to wind, and easily handled fishing boat both in and out of the water.’ It is also extremely quick and easy to assemble and it’s quiet. I have fished from many types of boats: “belly”, “single and 2 person inflatable pontoon”, several types of flat bottom aluminum and while there are other types of still water craft that I haven’t tried, the Chironomid sure beats the hell out of the ones I have.
And beside all that, Joe Cunningham is a pleasure to deal with. He will go out of his way to make sure that you are completely satisfied.
I would encourage all still water anglers to give it a try.”
— David Anderson, Architect(SAA retired), Eckville, Alberta
“First off I would like to thank you for always answering my calls.
The kit that you sold me is of the best quality and the directions are spot on and very easy to follow. This made the conversion of my solo canoe into a really stable fishing machine easy. The solo canoe that I own had a low seating position (like a Kayak), and the lack of stability when boarding and disembarking was not fun to do. The low seating position also was hard on the back and the butt. I could not think of trying to spend the whole day out fishing or paddling. I have to commend you on the quality of your kit and the ease with which it went together on my canoe. It has made my canoe a far superior craft that rows with ease and tracks straight in any wind direction. I now can spend the full day fishing or paddling and not have the fatigue or pain . I can now stand to cast and when its time to sit it is very easy with the high seat position.”
— Stephen Harrie, Canadian Coast Guard (retired), Halifax, Nova Scotia
“I was introduced to the Cunningham Chironomid canoe at Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park, in September 2017. I was fascinated by the idea of outriggers allowing the user the ability to stand up and fly cast, the high center seat for more comfort of aging knees and rowing rather than paddling. Less than a year later, in May 2018, I arranged to purchase a Chironomid canoe from Joe Cunningham, in Pincher Creek, Alberta. Since picking it up, I have used it over 15 times on Maligne Lake. I have rigged up my electric motor, which has allowed me to travel considerable distance with great efficiency. I’ve covered over 30 kms in a day, stopping to fish various hot spots along the way down the lake. It is very light so I can easily lift it up onto my truck canoe rack. I am certainly pleased with my new [boat] and I look forward to many years of using it to access my favorite fishings holes.”
— David McKenna, Edmonton, Alberta
“I took the Chironomid down a local river during a Fly Fishers International local chapter annual fishing outing. This year it seemed like everyone had a different type of high tech canoe, kayak, raft and there was even a drift boat and as I looked around I am sure mine was the coolest, lightest and most versatile of them all. I floated with the current and fished facing down river (pontoons on up river side) correcting my course occasionally with the oars. When I got to the takeout there were fishermen loading their inflatables and fishing kayaks onto trailers and into trucks or on top of cars, most requiring two people to accomplish this. I disassembled my boat and put it on top of my Mini Cooper threw the bag in the back and left with a smile. Oh... and yes, not that it mattered, I caught fish.”
— Bob Schaeffler, upstate New York