Scadden Assault

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by JackJester, Feb 3, 2011.

  1. Chris Banta

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    if i get my assualt the weekend before feb 16 when the skagit between marblemount and rockport close's i will take it out on the river, and anybody with a watermasters wants to come we could compare the pros and cons of each on the river.
     
  2. JackJester

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    Mojo, good point about the closed in front and Stillwater. I also fish Stillwater much more often than rivers and it's so important to get the rod tip pointed down when trolling a bugger or carey special. It might be hard to get a good rod angle with a closed in front on the boat. I think I'll stick with the Renegade but I have a couple months to think it over yet. I wouldn't pay more than $1000 either way so if price is going up then I'm definitely out.
     
  3. Rob Ast

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    I think this boat is definitely more of a river craft, and more likely for transporting the angler from run to run rather than fishing on the move (except for river like the Yak). Landing a fish from the seated position will be difficult without a long-handled net. Trolling on stillwater is not going to be easy. However that's what I have my SFC for. I can foresee this taking the place of my pram for winter lake fishing - should be fine for indicator chironomid fishing and will allow standing as needed. Besides, the ability to at least use your feet makes it better than the pram for trolling, though not nearly as good as an open front craft. As for a price of < $1000, you have looked at the list price, correct? Dave said the puyallup show was the only one he sold them at with such a low price.
     
  4. mojo

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    Rob, you should be able to use a regular net if you bring the fish in on either side.
    As for the price, you guys got a killer deal for $1000.
     
  5. sportsman

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    You guys made a couple good points that I didn't consider and take for granted with my Abel. Using the Yak as an example, I will fish a run and not leave the raft: just stand up, let the boat swing around and cast across the seams...but I leave the tip LOW and get a lot of hookups as I'm stripping in...the shape of the Assault might prevent this. When fishing lakes I hold the rod off to the side and work the fly....get most of my hookups doing this...or I lay the rod across the front of the raft and hook the reel with the stripping apron. The rod is pointed down just a little and a foot out of the water, something that will be difficult with the Assault. Landing a fish will be the same: usually the fish is hooked on one side or the other and when I can see that I bring it in on the same side. I still think these are minor details and the guys that bought them won't be sorry!! When I bought my Abel I set it up in the den: that was the first step in changing it from a 'Floating' platform into a 'Fishing' platform.
     
  6. Rick Todd

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    Rob-while I don"t own a WM, I sometimes fish in one of my friends WM and to me, it is the easiest craft to fish rivers with while moving. It is flat out stable and easy to maneuver with fins. I've fished the Bitterroot, Missouri, Big Hole, and Methow out of it and there is almost no water on those rivers where I couldn't fish all the way down, and in the shallows, just stand up and fish some more. This is such an effective way to pound the bank! I'm sure the Assault would be as good as the WM at this type of fishing. Rick
     
  7. mojo

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    You should be able to fish out of the Assault the same way as you do with the Able or WM. In rivers jumping out and 'wearing' it, so to speak.
    What I was talking about is being able to sit in the seat and have your rod tip in the water in front of you. You'd have the same problem in the Able or WM.
     
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    I guess I missed your point; when the rod is straight back it's about a foot out of the water...which makes sense with 13" tubes in the front! On rivers I row until I'm in 2 feet of water [or less ] and stand up... the raft will swap ends on it's own.
     
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    Just a few comments from a long-time watermaster owner . . . .

    I have fished out of my WM's in stillwater for around 8 years. The tip in the water situation is easily corrected by angling the rod slightly off center. Dead center front is the only direction it's tough to get the tip down. And with fins on it becomes second nature to correct the boat position. This works equally well when stripping streamers while floating rivers. I'm not much of a troller but when I do, I pick my feet up on the foot strap, point the rod straight out the front and hook the reel on the stripping apron and use my oars to move. When the reel screams, pick up the rod and bring the fish in.

    As for others concerns about landing fish being a challenge . . . nope. Bring your fish along whichever side you have the net and scoop it up. There are some great videos on the Big Sky Inflatables website showing the boats in action on hike-in lakes somewhere in BC.
     
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    I've found it just as easy to fish and land fish from my Wilderness Access in stillwater as with my Super Fat Cat. I don't see how this will be any different.
     
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    Everything is adaptable. I find it easier with reel in lap, tip straight in front in the water...not off to the side, but I could adapt if I had to. I don't even like the cross bar on my Renegade while I am casting and stripping.
    The difference for me is I can do it either way...LOL
     
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    Shoot...this is making my research tougher.
    I need a one man craft to float mainly the Blackfoot, Bitteroot and Clarkfork. I want to be able to just put it in the back of the truck and hit the river after work.
    I was set on a WM based on everyones great reviews but this Scadden is interesting.
    I also just looked at an NRS GigBob this morning and that looks totally awesome.
    Now I'm just torn. Help?
     
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    Seriously, that is tough anyway you look at it. It is probably going to come down to ONE little thing that sets one apart from the others.
    I am interested in the choice you end up with.
     
  14. Bill Aubrey

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    Builder,

    Good luck. Hard job. How's the Blackfoot to float? I've floated the Clark Fork and will hit the Bitterroot this summer.