I purchased these rod holders to mount homemade outriggers to my canoe for still fishing. A canoe is much less stable when it's not moving throught the water. For my purpose they work very well, sturdy, adjustable and easy to pull the outriggers up out of the water when trolling or paddling. As a rod holder I am sure they would also be great for the very same reasons. In my canoe however, I'm using Scotty's Bait Caster / Spinning Rod Holder for rod holders. I like the padded cradle for a bait casting or trolling reel and the slot in the front for a spinning reel, but especially the rubber strap to hold them in place so when I hook a wopper while paddling I don't take the risk of watching it all go overboard before I can drop paddle and catch it. In my opinion you can't go wrong with Scotty products.