I used to be into kayaking when I was younger and became fairly proficient at it, I could even do that barrel role thing where you go upside down and flip yourself back over again. Other than that though, my experience was entirely limited to pottering around in swimming pools and lakes during the summer holidays, I suppose my parents saw it as a good way of getting me out of the house. Fast forward a few years to now and it turns out I have a nice river running past my house. I quite fancy getting back into it and possibly going for a Deliverance style mission down the river with a load of beers and a few oppos (without the rape in the woods obviously). So what's the score with this? Can you just buy a canoe or kayak, launch into the river and head off? I hear the fisherman can get a bit pissed off about it and there are a lot of Salmon and Trout fisherman on the river, some of whom pay a lot of money to do their chosen sport. Also what sort of canoe is best? How much do they cost? I've checked on ebay and there are tons to chose from, touring kayaks, Canadian canoes, sit on kayaks, surf kayaks etc. Which ones are most suitable for plodding down a river with some light rapids while carrying enough booze and scran to last you a weekend? The rivers I plan on navigating are the Lowther, Lyvennet and Eden. Any information is much appreciated on this subject.