Clack vs. Hyde??

Panhandle

Active Member
#16
:D No, I'm serious about the family thing. My wife flyfishes, but doesn't much anymore because of the kids. As well, both of my kids will be old enough to really do stuff next year. I have been asking for a boat for years, when the family component entered into it she was finally sold. No, I haven't thought much about the raft... seems like a hassle, and I like the stability of a hard boat.
 

Davy

Active Member
#17
I own a Hyde and love it - never had a problem and have experienced great customer service from the folks at Hyde. Clacks are cool also - have rowed a few - Hyde just made me a better deal at the time - lots of extras in the deal....
Stole my post almost. Am sure Clacks are fine craft as well.

My HS Hyde is two years old this winter, no issues. It has taken a beating on the upper Santiam the last 6 mos and it's still smilin.

Pick one and get rowin, then you too will be able to answer one of these post's in the future.:p
 
#21
I have only floated in a Hyde and its been an awesome experience each and every time I've gone. I suspect it will come down to just who has the best price as both the Clackacraft and Hyde and others make some pretty good boats.
 
#22
Both are obviously very popular fly fishing boats and I don't think you could go wrong with either. I ended up with a Clack because that is what I knew and the price was a bit better with the options I wanted. Would go with a Clack again if I were in the market for a new boat. I have had my boat for four years and absolutely love it. If you get a chance to try both it would be good to do so. Check out the Reds Fly Shop site. I believe I saw something on there about an upcoming event at their shop on the Yakima River which will include a chance to test drive a Clackacraft. Good luck and congratulations on the go ahead from the boss to get a boat.
 
#23
I have only floated in a Hyde and its been an awesome experience each and every time I've gone. I suspect it will come down to just who has the best price as both the Clackacraft and Hyde and others make some pretty good boats. If that turns out to be the case take a look at http://daybreakboats.com/. I think you'll find some pretty good deals there on a new DB boat with trailer.
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#24
I've been in both and they both have pluses and minuses, between the two Clackacraft customer service is head and shoulders above Hyde.
John Stenerson at the Idaho Falls store is first rate and will work hard for you.
FWIW I would look at some other options as well. I personally use a
Ro Drift(www.rodriftboats.com) and wouldn't trade for either of the two mentioned before.
Boulder Boat Works is gaining popularity, they lack a lot of accessories and cost as much as either of the previous three boats.
I've also heard very good things about Freestone boats with one notable exception, the casting decks aren't level and slope like old style drift boats. Try standing on one of these for a day and....never mind just have your kids whack the backs of your calves with a stick for about eight hours. The results will be quite the same.
All of these boats are available used and if you buy from the manufacturer they often come with warranties. Personally, $11,000 for a drift boat is way over the top. Quite often a used boat from the manufacturer has been reconditioned and is near new.
The sole thought I have on metal boats is they are, in my experience, a floating heat sink. And they can be, not always, heavy.
Take your time looking for used and you will be rewarded, a friend two years ago found a gorgeous Clack pkg w/trailer for $3200. An anomaly, but still, you sure beat retail. I rowed a boat for a living for a long time, if you have questions PM me. Good luck.
 

Nate Dutton

I'm a teacher, I fish to eat!
#25
Row Row Row your boat up and down the Idaho Pandhandle, Merrily Merrily Merrily, now you don't have to dream!!!! Yay for wives who cave to drift boats!!!!! IMHO i would buy a clack, Now you must take into account that i have never actually been IN a drift boat but i have seen it on the television:ray1::rofl: Ohhhh by the way i didn't know if you knew it, because i see you have only posted on here 1400 times, but there IS a search function and this topic has been discussed!:rofl: Good luck with the boat hope its everything i have dreamed!!:beer2:
 

chromeseeker

Where's the Bucket?
#26
Adam,

If you are going to be fishing the boat in the Northwest, which I'm assuming you are, go with aluminum. Around here, your resale value will be much higher than a glass boat. If you were in Montana, I'd say go with a Clack. I'd go for a Willies if you go the aluminum route.

Either that, or go with a raft.

CS
 
#28
I've had two each of both. The Clack is a much drier boat (hard to keep water in big waves out of the Hyde) and the Clack, in my lengthy experience, is much more durable. Clackacraft all the way!
 

Jergens

AKA Joe Willauer
#29
I've had two each of both. The Clack is a much drier boat (hard to keep water in big waves out of the Hyde) and the Clack, in my lengthy experience, is much more durable. Clackacraft all the way!
iagree

clacks rock! i have never owned a hyde, but have rowed enough of my friends to like clacks better. I have owned a high side and a low side and they both are awesome for their designed purpose. I went to the high side after about 4 years of guiding out of the low pro, and when i cleaned up my old boat to sell it was surprised there wasnt more damage done to it. They are much more durable, have great comforts inside, and the customer service is not even comparable. on top of that clacks are a couple of grand cheaper.