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PostPosted: September 15th, 2012, 1:17 pm 
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I needed a very lightweight fish cleaning board, since my paddles are not suitable (too convex and slippery, or WW stick with a spine), and besides I don't want fish slime on my paddles. The canoe bottom is also not an option for me. I tried the flexible cutting board sheets, but found them very awkward to get flat, and still very hard to get the knife flat under the fish for skinning. So I came up with the solution of attaching the flexi board to a gardener's kneeling foam, and it worked great. Total weight = 129g! I attach this to the canoe under a seat with attached cord and plastic clip when portaging, so I consider it "weightless" relative to the canoe. I can portage an extra 129g.

This photo shows the white flexi board on top attached with zip ties to the kneeling pad. The pad has a hard, plastic-like black foam on one side, which I chose to mount the flexi board against. You can see it as a black line under the white flexi board. The bottom is a softer blue foam that allows for grip to the ground.

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Underside showing the softer blue foam
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I drilled the holes for the ties instead of punching, so it hopefully will not tear. On hindsight I should have made these holes further apart, so hopefully they won’t crack. But it’s a cheap replacement.
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The thickness is nice, as it allows the hand to get at or below the level of the fish when doing the skinning cut.

After use I wipe it with moss and discard the moss in the water, well way from camp. But the board will still smell like fish to a bear. So for overnight, I use the attached cord plus hook to clip it to a shrub and float it, fish side down in the water. If a bear wants it, it can have it, and its well away from camp. No in-camp bear risk or other critter issues as far as I can see. If a beaver chews it up for fun, no big loss, its cheap to replace.

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Walleye on the fire from just a few days ago on my early September trip :D
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PostPosted: September 16th, 2012, 8:24 pm 
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Looks like a handy tool to have. Thanks for posting. I have been taking an actual small cutting board that my wife donated to the camping stuff.

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PostPosted: September 17th, 2012, 10:58 am 
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Thats a great idea HOOP.
Iam more partial to the organic approach tho. :D
I just cut cedar planks with the chainsaw. Ill also use the axe for smaller ones to serve as dinner platters.

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