Is it feasible to learn how to row a drift boat by myself on the Yakima?

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  1. riseform

    riseform Active Member

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    I'd think it'd be a pretty safe trip as well. You've got an easy stretch of river, a place that rents boats and the likelihood of seeing bighorn sheep, eagles, otter, kingfisher, deer, etc. We saw all of the above when teaching my friend's step son to row on the same stretch last week. He picked it up pretty well and we survived without any broken rod tips. You don't have to be a space shuttle pilot to navigate that portion of the river at present flows, so don't be too intimidated. It'd be different if your guests were expecting you to handle the boat while they fished.

    I'd call Reds and make sure they're comfortable renting a boat to someone with little experience. If they are, they'll go through the basics with you and probably give you a higher profile boat. Just use common sense and don't be too proud to wear PFDs. Watch your downstream oar in the shallows if you're turned sideways so you don't catch a rock and lose it.

    I'm assuming your guests are people you're not too worried about impressing. You'll undoubtedly experience some minor glitches. Have fun if you go.
     
  2. J Nordwell

    J Nordwell New Member

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    You could go at it like Captn Ron!! " if anything is going to happen it will happen out there" Go out to a lake frist. Just in case, no sense giving your future inlaws the " I shouldn't be alive" life lesson. The best frist tip I could give you is make sure to pull your anchor all the way up, my brothers frist trip with his very frist drift boat was on the Washougal in the early spring ( bad time to be on the washougal I believe it was 96 FLOOD ) any ways he had about 6 ft of rope and his anchor and it got caught up between 2 rocks and almost flooded his boat and could of lost his life. It was the 2nd day he owned it. Get used to your boat. go out and set in it and get used to the lay out of everything. Just my .02 cents.
    Josh
     
  3. Bill Dodd

    Bill Dodd Bill's in a time out.

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    Rip Tide.
    Good to see you and SAK out there today, Nice to meet you both.
    Pm me anytime you want to go.
    Sounds like you guys had fun.

    Bill Dodd.

    :)
     
  4. XstreamAngler

    XstreamAngler ...has several mistresses.

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    Good to meet you my man! Good looking boat there my friend! Let me know if ya want a river buddy some time and poke some fish in the face!

    SAK
    XstreamAnglers
     
  5. Bill Dodd

    Bill Dodd Bill's in a time out.

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    SAK.
    We are over there almost every weekend and I'm around just about any weekday if you want to fish.
    I'm will pm you with my phone #

    Bill.
     
  6. Jason Decker

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    Chris - what did you end up doing?
     
  7. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    I made another thread asking if anyone wanted someone to row for them which lead to floating the Yakima numerous times with people from the forum. Everyone was extremely helpful with rowing, laid back, and damn good at fishing... I definitely could have not asked for any more than that! I'm doing good job at rowing & I can keep the boat in a good position to the bank. I definitely need to work on efficiency in regards to making my oar strokes impact the position of where I want the boat to move. The dropping flows have made rowing 100x easier. Rowing now compared with 4 weeks ago makes for a relaxing day on river!

    Currently, I'm looking to buy a used boat in the fall. When I get it, everyone who's extended an offer is more than welcome to a full day on river with no intentions of them getting near the sticks.

    If anyone else wants to float, my offer definitely still stands. %%c



    Biggest bitch about rowing are the two blisters on my hands when I get off water.
     
  8. Calvin1

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    Those blisters will become calluses before you know it!
     
  9. PT

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    And the itch to row will be replaced by the itch to sit in the front seat.
     
  10. Chris Puma

    Chris Puma hates waking up early

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    too much itching!
     
  11. ak_powder_monkey

    ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    when I floated the yak there were two girls in a maypop and no oars, they did allright, I'd say the yak is a great place to learn to row. I'd run it once before you took people though
     
  12. Mike Wilson

    Mike Wilson Yakbowbw

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    In my younger days, the early 70's, we would work all day in the field haying, or working in the orchards, then grab our innertubs and float from Weimer cut to Roza. You can't find a better place to learn how to work a drift boat. Just remember that every river will be unforgiving under certain circumstances.... pay attention, you will be ok.