Re: the pool noodle: I fly fish and the extra fly line tends to get caught on the hand bolts that secure the seat. This is a bigger problem now that I have moved my seat back one inch. So the pool noodle stops that problem. I also sometimes use it as a "drying patch" for my wet flies.
Actually, I have mentioned on this forum before, The PA is NOT optimized for fly fishing. There are lots and lots of places for the fly line to get hung up. Also, you should never let your fly line slip into the Mirage drive well. The drive cut a $60 intermediate fly line that slipped into the well. That's a mistake you make only once...
I have an old stripping apron from a pontoon boat that I keep thinking about trying it out (to help with line control).
PS: The noodle is NOT pink!
It's actually a bright red/orange. Figure I can use it as a distress signal or to wave off wayward boaters in a pinch!