How to row a drift boat.

Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by fredaevans, Jan 25, 2008.

  1. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    BINGO! Exactly what I was looking for; better yet the boat 'he' has is a Clackacraft. Many thanks Jason.:thumb:
     
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    Fred
    Like Shawn K said, Clack has a FREE (at least it was when I requested a catalog a year ago) DVD that has good info. on rowing a driftboat.
    Sounds like you had better get the DVD AND get your buddy enrolled in the rowing school!!
    Stay safe.
    buford
     
  3. FlyingLines

    FlyingLines Larry Benitez

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    fredaevans Active Member

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    Even looks like they have a rowing class of 2-7 .... too bad it's about 500 miles north. Not to mention the hellish drive it would take to get there.:eek:
     
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    Dave's Dad, Mike McCoy also teaches rowing classes in Oregon. I took a class with Dave last year and it was great. I no longer put a dent in my boat each trip.
     
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    Hi Fred,

    If he is in the area and wants some one on one rowing lessons, have him give me a call. I have been rowing boats for over 30 yrs on whitewater from Alaska to Costa Rica, class I to V ,Drift boats, rafts, kayaks, sweep boats, jet boats and props. I not only cover how to row, but what you can do to keep from getting in over your head. Safety gear ect. I am based out of Gig Harbor WA.

    Tell him to feel free to give me a call or drop an email.

    My best,
    Capt. T Wolf
    253-863-0711
    capttwolf@comcast.net
     
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    Many thanks Captain; but afraid he's down here in Southern Oregon.

    Fred
     
  8. therealist

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    Flying lines and shortpole, thank you for the plugs, very much appreciated.

    I have been rowing drift boats since I was about 5 years old, which now makes that over 30 years.

    Have rowed, taught and guided rowing and fly fishing on nearly every difficult piece of water in the western US(Rogue River, Grand Canyon, Gunnison, Green in Utah, Eagle, Arkansas, as well as many of the rivers in Chile and Argentina like the Futaleufu, Mexico and Belize.

    On many of these rivers, we have rowed the gamut, single person to 18ft. pontoon crafts, drift boats of glass/wood/aluminum/PVC by nearly every manufacturer, 10ft to 18ft rafts by Hiside, Avon, Puma, NRS both self bailing and fixed floor.

    Have also been 5 time certified Swiftwater Rescue Technician(SRT) and Whitewater Rescue Technician and a 1 time Level 2 SRT.

    Our class is entirely based on safety and what we think your boat should have on/in it to be as safe as possible, reading types of water, approaches and scouting both from the boat and from shore, boat balance and pointing out elements of being on the water that may not be common sense to new boat owners yet. We also fit you to your boat as none of the manufacturers do an adequate job of this that we have found yet. This is important so that while you are rowing you maximize efficiency but also safely have control of the oars and keep that control so as to avoid sudden potentially dangerous circumstances.

    For those who arrive with good skill levels in the rowing dept. already, we of course move into more advanced rowing techniques for fly fishing such as skulling, recirculating eddies to fish seams, rock hopping and similar elements.

    You can read what we go over on our site a bit more and I am always happy to talk in depth about the class.

    Thanks again guys, happy New Year.

    Dave
     
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    Maybe he can row just fine and would rather fish. It seems to be working. :rofl:
     
  10. SpeySpaz

    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    izzat you Tom? You guiding on the Sound still?
     
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    SpeySpaz still an authority on nothing

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    dang it, I started feeling a little nervous just reading this thread.
    Fred, you must be a good bud of this guy or a total thrillseeker.
    Oarsmen like that give me the willies, sounds like he freezes up.
    In any case, you're more man than me for riding with him.
    Bob
     
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    Bob Triggs Stop Killing Wild Steelhead!

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    First good laugh of the day!

    A 'good bud' yes, a total 'thrill seeker' NO WAY. :hmmm: Actually, since the start of this thread, 'he's' gotten much better ...... but I still don't think I'd want to be 'with him' going through a class 3 or 4 .....:rolleyes:
     
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    Kirk Singleton Capt Kirk

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    be carefull. Drift boat accidents happen all the time in calm water if you are not paying attention. It is scary how fast things can go wrong. I dont think I would go with this clown until he is a safe boater. It sucks swimming a river in the summer...try it when it is 30* out. You may never get to tell that story to your kids!
     
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    We have had friends in the past that visit from out of town and come out to float the Minam to Troy run of the Ronde with us. When I explain to the newbies how to row, this is what I do. I sit down with them and draw two lines on a piece of paper for the river. I draw some circles in the river for rocks, and then I get something to use for a boat model. I turn the boat to a 45 degree angle and tell them about the concept of ferrying. And that if you row backwards and hold yourself at the 45* angle, the current will move you from one side to the other. Then I show them with the boat model how you can ferry sideways and straighten yourself out to drop between the rocks. Coupled with similar information above about pointing yourself into the troubled spots, and setting yourself up to be able to pull away, most of the newbies do alright on their first time. But some of them still panick.