BEST RAFT FOR FLY FISHING

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by hnaymd, Dec 28, 2008.

  1. hnaymd hnaymd

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    benton,arkansas
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    OK guys i am knew to this forum. I am looking to buy a raft when i move to new mexico. I have been looking at maravia, NRS, and aire. SO have at it what is the best raft for fly fishing? has to be a raft though, not looking to get a cataraft, or pontoon.
    Heath :beer2:
  2. FLGator Member

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    PNW
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    Sotar, Maravia, NRS, Aire, Avon. There are a bunch of good ones. There are a few rafting forums that you can browse for insight on the various brands, materials, repair, service etc. Personally, I'd be happy with any of the above.
  3. surfnsully Active Member

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    Happy Valley, OR
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    Don't forget Achilles rafts. Great material and there is a local distributor in the Portland area.
  4. Jon Bial Chasing the Magic

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  5. Bullwhacker Member

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    Missoula, MT
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    Sotar, small tube diameter, diminishing tubes and well made. The perfect fishing raft, IMO. Put an NRS frame on it and you will be happy.
  6. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Show Low, Arizona
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    I have a Sotar 14' raft with a NRS frame it is the one in my avatar and if you look in my gallery pics you will see it set up with the complete frame.
    It is a great boat.
    Blessings
    jesse clark
  7. hnaymd hnaymd

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    benton,arkansas
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    Jon,
    OUCH! Saw the pics, cool pic of the fish jumping though. I have been looking at the maravia ranger, is that the same as the spider? I can not seem to find a model called the spider.
    heath
  8. hnaymd hnaymd

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    benton,arkansas
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    jesse,
    Is the boat with the dog the sotar you are talking about? can you give me specs on that boat? Thanks
    heath
  9. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Show Low, Arizona
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    The pic in my gallery with the dog is the Sotar. It is 14' has 20" diminishing tubes and a self bailing floor. The boat is called an Elite if you go to Sotars website you can get more info. The Frame is a NRS fishing frame go to the NRS site and you will see lots of details about it.
    Blessings
    jesse
  10. Jerry Daschofsky Moderator

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    Graham, WA, USA.
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    I haven't shopped rafts in awhile. But if you want a fishing raft, go for an outfitter series raft. Usually a flatter waterline. Giving you more stability for standing and fishing. Get too much rocker in your hull (too much rake front and back) you will be a bit tipsy. It sucks, but no such thing as a perfect boat. You'll be more responsive with some of the more rocker hulled models. But you trade off how well they sit. I do remember a company who made a raft that had a cataraft type hull. Can't remember who it was, but was pretty sweet. Had a long hull, but still had the curved bow to bite through runs. Not sure if it ever made full production or not.

    I always like the Maravia rafts. Used quite a few of them before I got into catarafts. Still wouldn't mind another one. Mostly for fishing.
  11. ReelFlyBro Team Short Bus

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    Montucky
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    Best bang for the buck imo is an Aire. Great quality rafts. 14 footer rows and fishes great if equipped properly
  12. Jon Bial Chasing the Magic

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    Oregon
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    Heath,

    The Spider is a little smaller than the Ranger and going to handle a little easier. Rafts are clearly not like driftboats, and you won't be pulling plugs, but I love my boat and wouldn't trade it for anything else.

    http://www.maravia.com/frames/main.cfm?page=casraft

    best of luck!

    Jon