The Ottertail is a traditional paddle style which has been commonly used by paddle-makers for many years. It has a ~6" wide, symmetrical blade that is ~27" long. The Ottertail is great for the traditional paddler and recreational paddling, but keep in mind all of our other paddle shapes were created and built from this dinosaur of a shape. At Fishell Paddles we swear by the Ray Special and Modified Special, if a blade of that length is not for you then we highly recommend the Modified Ottertail. The Mod Ottertail is the step up from the Ottertail, the Mod Special is a step up from the Modified Ottertail and the Ray Special is the one paddle to rule them all.