Wanted - Pontoon Boat for Steelhead Rivers

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  1. joyfish

    joyfish New Member

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    Riverrunner- what kind of raft do you use and why do you like it best? cheers!
     
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    LCnSac , Thanks I like it, it has 10x20" tubes, My friends all run them so I had to get one. Its an all USA boat also and I had the make some mods to the tube pattern for me, so that was nice

    Oh and I dont know the guy I just stopped to see if he needed any help so I dont know if he sold it but he was sure not happy the first day in his trip! He told me its supposed to do class v , I told him well that little III just took ya out, lol


    joyfish, I replied to your PM on the manufacturer
     
  3. LCnSac

    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    I think the larger Scaddens are capable of Class V, but I'm pretty sure most operators aren't. I know I'm a long ways from that, but I'll probably never attempt anything beyond a Class III. There's plenty of videos of Larry Tullis taking even the little Escape down some big water and that's a float tube with oars. I just think, as was said, we have to know and respect our limits as oarsmen and drifters. BTW, the Scaddens are really much drier than you'd think. You butt stays dry unless you hit a good wake.
     
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    Riverrunr77 - What kind of boat do you use on the Rogue? I used to live in G. Pass...before I had kids. Spent endless hours exporing the Rogue and miss it a lot.

    After drinking too much the night before, once woke up late for fishing (only one of a very few times in my life) and caught 9 steelhead between the hours of 10am and 1pm on a tributary to the Rogue. It was a February day, about 55 degrees and sunny. I'm sure you know where I am talking about.

    I miss the climate down there.
     
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    I started off with Bucks and they are great boats, but the past quarter of a century, I have been NFO all the way. I too can only compare from talking to other manufacture owners.

    And I agree on the oar accident as not a normal thing in any way. The oar locks are the exact same as WM, WS and they have done quite well. Oars are not toys...I find way more attention has been put into these oars than Carlisles.

    Recently, I have owned the Escape, it was not what I was looking for so now I have the Renegade and the X5 framed and the Assault XX

    My opinion, if you can afford it, the Assault XX is the river boat. A little over 10' long, two inflatable floors. Rockers at bot ends.

    What's wrong with getting your face out there when you build something this great. He does admit, he uses professionals on the videos.
    These boats can handle white water, but they can't handle stupid. Know YOUR limits, and don't knock it on hearsay.
    Anything can happen on rivers to any boat. In at least 10 years of the NFO boats being sold, I don't think I have heard of any deaths from them...that is a good thing ;-)
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    When did you guys get the Assault XX? Haven't seen your comments on that before. Was that your "Challenger" the other half was craving? That looks really cool and big.

    I used your deep nymphing technique last weekend with some furled leader and slip indicators. Didn't make the miserable planters any bigger but worked;-)
     
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    Awesome!!!! The Assault is new, but getting broke in. Other half wanted the Challenger and I imagine still does, but the XX is definitely caught his interest. He is even talking about selling the X5 now...LOL
    We were recently out on a lake with major wind picking up and waves coming over back...that thing moved even with wind at back.
     
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    LCnSac John or "LC"

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    I can't believe you still have the X5. That is dated technology, long in the tooth, and probably an embarrassment on the lake. I think you should sell it immediately.*







    *to me;-)
     
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    I know! I can't get rid of mine though, NFO doesn't make YELLOW anymore. And a little info, the X5 is way different material and valves, from the frameless models.
     
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    You can't get yellow any more because Incept doesn't make them and heat weld them anymore, He has started using Maxxon from China and now they are all glued. Hence the reason maxxon is now selling grey and red pontoons. if you look at the nose cones they are identical construction and the same valves plus he buys all his oars there. In another 2-3 years all of those boats will be "coming un-glued at the seams" no -pun intended
     
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    It is definately nice, thats a funny story that seems to happen down there! The fish jump all aorund you down that way. I can't tell you how many I have seen jump right in a drift boat! I am running a westfork model from canyon whitewater inflatables right now. Its what all my friends had and made for the big water fishing. Good handling and nice fairly dry ride even in class 3-4, plus I can carry 2-300 pounds of gear no prob for 3-4 days on the river. I had the optional guide package with the drybox under the seat and composite oars and foot release anchor system. The box is great, un-latch when you get to camp and you have your seat and all your items on the bank.
     
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    I can't get yellow because people complained it shows dirt and marks. The demand was not there. If you look up Inflatable pontoons, specially for rivers, you will see almost all of them have that plastic nose cone from different companies. My X5 has it.
    My Escape is now four years old and no worries (Know the owner) my Renegade is on it's second so guess I have to wait.
    I know Dave works with Incept on many different things and they swap ideas...but where does China come in? How do you know all this?
    Just asking, cause I live real close to the NFO shop and I have seen them made.
     
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    I will PM as this really has no place here.
     
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    Woollybooger,

    Getting back on topic, I favor frameless in a one-man boat for lightweight and ease of portability. I have a Watermaster Kodiak, but wouldn't shy away from the Scadden models either. If there's a downside it's because I have yet to devise a perfect Spey rod holder for the WM. I prefer to travel light, and a couple WMs stow away in a float plane way easier than any framed pontoon boat.

    Sg
     
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    I'm getting the waders on now. The $hit's getting deep.
     
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