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It’s like half dog half cat……it’s a Cog?

21 Aug

The NRS Clearwater Drifter (Field and Stream)
Check out this drift boat… no really… look closer… can you tell what makes it special? It’s a drift boat. No, it’s an inflatable raft. Actually, it’s both—an inflatable watercraft that has a frame and is shaped like a dory. This boat generated a lot of buzz at IFTD, and actually won a “Best of Show” award in the watercraft category.

It’s inflatable. The Clearwater Drifter ($5995 MSRP) is made of drop stitch PVC, can be inflated to around 9 psi, which creates a rigid, framed dory that offers the ability to bounce off rocks like a rubber raft, yet track quietly and silently like a drift boat. It’s 17 feet long, and 82 inches wide at the beam between oarlocks.

The boat is made of drop stitch PVC. The cool part is that it can be shipped via UPS in a surprisingly small box, frame and all. What that really means is that it can be broken down and stored in the corner of a garage, or transported to the river in the back of an SUV or station wagon. You don’t need to trailer it, but you could. If you’re someone like me who has always wanted a drift boat, but has never been able to convince the Mrs. to let me take up garage space or store a dory by the house, this might just be your ticket. If you’re stuck between choosing a raft or a drift boat, this might be a happy compromise.

Because the Clearwater Drifter purportedly offers some of the advantages of both worlds—namely the ability to bounce off rocks like a raft, and the maneuverability, fish-ability, and open space of a dory. (It’s 18-feet long and 82-inches wide when inflated to around 9 psi.) It’s definitely priced more than the average raft at just under $6,000 retail. And I’m not entirely sure how a light (300 pounds) higher-profile boat like this would handle on windy days

I’m not sure how a boat that light will do in a heavy upstream wind (no boat I’ve rowed does great in a wind like that)… but I can see the immediate appeal for many anglers. This is the drift boat for the guy who can’t talk his wife into letting him dedicate a space in the garage, or leave it under a tarp in front of the house.

The model shown in the article is a prototype, and production models won’t be available until 2013!!!!!!!


Boat’s -N- HoEs

22 Jul

O-How I love to fish from a boat, preferably with some HoEs but usually it’s a stick party.  It’s amazing how I hate to even think of wade fishing anymore, miles of walking followed by more miles walking back.  I end up carrying around way to much stuff since I’m used to carrying everything I might possibly need to catch anything from bluegill to great white sharks.  Anymore when I look at a stream, I’m looking for possible way to navigate through it in my raft or John Boat.  I guess it’s part of the evolution, I’m looking for big fish.  Big fish need big water.  If your gonna fish big water, then you gotta be able to cover lots of water and what better way than from a boat.

Where do I begin with boats?  Rafts in the 1-man, 2-man, 3 man versions.  Wooden drift boats, fiberglass, composite plastics, or aluminum.  It all depends on what type of water your gonna fish, how good your are behind the oars or if you can run a prop or jet motor.  There really is no boat that will work in every type of water.  If I had to choose something it’s would be one of the Towee boats or New hog island skiff, but still there are streams that I have fished where only a raft will do.

I’ve also come to realize that boats with a motor, A.k.A. “motorboats” come with way to many rules and regulations.  “Thankfully I’m old enough not to require a boater safety exam, but you can get your Virginia Boating License online here.  But I have bought me a shiny new whistle and 3 four dollar life vests that I don’t have to wear.  I can’t wait to go to the DMV and get all these fancy tags and licenses, I’m sure it will only take a few minutes.

S.C.O.F. Magazine issue #3 Spring is Here

22 Apr

Quick Somebody shoot that Thing!!!

19 Mar

Derek Kuehl of Hayward, WI describes muskie flies in a way that no one else can.  “If, when you pull a fly out you don’t hear drums and can’t smell chicken blood in the air, put it back in the box, for if it is evil you seek, then it can only be conjured with the same.”  I’ve been searching the web over the last year or more for the best musky patterns the milky way has to offer.  I love to tye flies, especially this type of BIG FLY.  I have been on the stream before and watched my fishing partner get out of the boat boat and go in over his head after a big fly that he had tied for roughly an hour the night before.

Jason and I have been on the water a few times this winter and early spring putting flies and gear to the test on the water.  So far so good.  Just a few tweaks to our flies should have us dialed in.  Fly fishing for musky takes a lot time and effort to perfect yet still you may never even see a glimpse of a fish, let alone actually catch one.  Tossing 2 pounds of fur and feather 30 plus yards takes time to get used to, so does the repetitive stripping and figure 8 at the boat.  It all just doesn’t seem natural after years of casting dry flies and what we thought were BIG streamers.  The water is warming up as we speak and the musky bite will only get better as the temperature goes up.  Hopefully we will have a few fish to the boat soon.

Here are a couple of videos that will help you build a pattern to take some unique design steps and add them to your current patterns.

The fly Stop….umm-Ummmm Good.

3 Feb

Searching the web for a great price to load your fly boxes full for your next trip?  Search no farther!!!  The Fly Stop is place to go.  We’ve been using them for around 5 years now and I still have flies from my first purchase that have made the trip from box to line to a fishes mouth and back countless times.  Yes a few have been donated to the fly gods way up in the trees and deep down to the river bottom gremlins.  Unlike most other flies you won’t think about stripping down and either climbing a tree or taking a swim to get them back.  Most are priced in a way you could buy 2 to 5 for the same price you would pay at your local shop (support your local shop somehow) or at that fancy place with the big O.  Give it look, buy some flies, pack them in a fly stop box and tell him we sent you.  Each fly purchased with a BRM recommendation with be blessed with the sand collected from our boots.

The 4 handed Crossover Technique, I Usually have to Pay Extra for That.

12 Jan

I’ve jammed many a rod together in the past, which always results in 1 of 2 things happening.  Snap or Thouump (the good sound).  I’ve tried many things before all either recommended to me or things that I’ve read about online.  I won’t go into them all because the scars run deep and therapy is getting expensive.  I will tell you about one that has worked and makes complete sense.  It’s all about leverage!!!


After using the slight of hand rod purchasing trick with the wife I was able to pick up a redington CPX 8wt for a trip up to New York.  Somehow after unpacking at the lodge I managed to jam 2 of my rod sections together.  Louis, with his Yedi like hands, watched a little as I continued to struggle before interveining with an easy trick to get them apart.  Literally took 2 seconds.  Instead of confusing you, I’ll save myself the time and effort of tying out how to do this and just let you watch a video that was put together by some funny guys over at Pacific Fly (video found on EVOanglers).

Continuing Down Memory Lane: Lets See U Try This!!!

28 Dec

Part 1:

One of the 2 ridiculously rewarding things we did this trip was after the 1st day float, when we hopped off the stream early to go find and set-up camp.  It was Labor Day weekend so we were pretty unsure whether or not there was a camp site anywhere in the state of Idaho.  After passing a couple camps that looked like party central Ryan made one of his many executive decisions (it’s always good to have a decision maker and he has done right in the past) to push on up the mountain and see what is available away from the river.  We ended up finding a great site as far as camping goes that was close enough to a stream that we could fish that evening before calling it a night.   Well, we were all jacked up about fishing, since this was a fishing trip, that we set up camp and immediately hit the stream.  Now by hit the stream I mean if you would have fallen you would have literally hit the stream.  Since this 1/2 mile distance from camp to stream was straight down hill and by hill I mean mountain and by straight I mean a wide path of loose rock straight down the hill to the river.  We debated for a few minutes if whether or not the walk back out was going to be worth it or not, but the only way we would ever know is to nut up and go for it.  The walk down wasn’t all that bad, I think we all lost our footing at least twice, nothing was broken except for a good sweat.  Where we ended up looked like one endless rapid, as far up as I could see and eventually as far up as I cared to walk, actually it got faster the farther up I walked.  Like we saw from above it was a beautiful section of water and awful fishy looking.  But it was way to fast to get out into any of the current breaks, but fishing the seams closer to the bank did turn out to be somewhat productive for all of us.  I would guess we landed 20-30 fish between us all in the 2-3 hrs we fished, I know Ryan got into a good pocket way down stream and Chris and I eventually found a couple good runs, but this was a stream that was primed for a good float.  Hence the wide path straight off the mountain I would assume.  I couldn’t imagine roping a raft or anything off that mountain.  The fishing must have been other-worldly at some point in time for that path to be there.

The only thing worse than the walk in was of course the walk out.  I bet it took me 45 min to an hour to walk out.  Chris having the build and stamina of a small mountain goat beat foot to the top rather quickly and I think he tried to start a rock slide down to Ryan and I who paced ourselves together just incase one of us decided to give up and let nature have its way with us back down at the bottom of the hill.  I don’t think either of us would have put out a helping hand if Chris would have rolled by us.  Regardless of it’s torturous walk we made it back to camp in one piece and we brought plenty of picture perfect trout to hand once again.  Would I do it again??  I would think not but who knows, you know how that fishing sickness can get you to do things you body or mind would not normally attempt.