Advice on rafts for fishing

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  1. constructeur

    constructeur Active Member

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    There's a Maravia with a blown tube seam on Seattle Craigslist right now. It doesn't matter who makes the boat if it's overinflated or water is allowed to get into the tubes, it's days are numbered.
     
  2. John Hicks

    John Hicks Owner and operator of Sea Run Pursuits

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    I guess all things are relative.
     
  3. Poff

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    This may sound like a weird question, but has anyone ever built, or seen, a casting platform on top of a raft for flatwater application?

    There are plenty of examples of in-boat small casting platforms on the bow or stern floor, but I haven't seen any large ones on top of the tubes. I'm thinking one could have a temporary platform or large casting deck for calm water sight fishing.

    Just curious as I continue my search for a fly fishing watercraft and desire for versatility.
     
  4. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    A cooler used as a seat makes a pretty solid flat water casting platform.
    I love my cataraft with open Fred Flintstone rowers floor. It will have to do until I can afford a salmon fly.
     
  5. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Maybe if you didn't have 30 different boats, you could "afford a salmon fly". :D
     
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  6. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Ed, meet Craigslist. :)
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    But which one(s) would be sacrifuced? I do NOT have a boat problem, other than I'm not in one nearly enough days each year.
     
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  8. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    Poff, I stand on either the front dry box, the cockpit dry box, or the side rails on mine for such applications.
     
  9. Poff

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    A cooler or drybox sounds much simpler than trying to build a platform :)
     
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    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

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    Orangeradish stands barefoot on the rear seat. I think he has primate feet that allows him to hold on tight.
     
  11. hookedonthefly

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    Did you just call Orang a primate? RAD! One of the best dudes ever!
    Ed
     
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