Looking for some advise


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I've owned and fished out of all: pontoon, tube, but for what you're looking to do, especially keep dry and not have to put on waders, Stand and cast, don't forget relieving yourself (I carry a port-a-john), the pram is the way to go IMO. I recently bought an 8' ultra light aluminum welded pram, which is so light, I can lift it easily. It fits in the back of a Toyota truck and its pretty much maintanence free. Can leave it outside, not worry about pumping it up, corrosion, or durability. I used it in the salt for Pinks and it did well. Plus you can mount a double anchor set up and it doubles as a Chironomid fishing machine. Go see what the guys in BC use, and you'll quickly be a convert into the pram world.
I think you have hit on what I really want and need, Yellowlab.
Would you care to let me know where you found it and what
the addons are. I would like to get in touch with those folks.
Thanks for the input.


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I picked up a 14' aluminum boat with two 40lb thrust trolling motors, two batteries with trailer for 400 dollars on craigslist. I love it,, I love it,, I can stand up and fish I can fish further down the lake and quicker then I did in my pontoon boat, I can bring more on the boat. I can still troll the same way I did with my pontoon boat, no rowing just the electrics.. Man what a way to go. I don't know why I waited so long.

I would second this. It will be a lot less hassle to trailer something light and drop it in. Buy a use 14' aluminum boat and a used canoe on craigslist and you will be covered. The 14' boat will give you great versatility.
Well, I already have a 14 duroboat. I was looking for something that I could use on small lakes without having to haul the trailer along. I would have to take off the 8 hp motor and then put on an electric on most lakes anyway. I think i will stick with the pram or the v boat.
This would be my back up go to the little lake and catch the little fishies, boat.
I have a Skykomish Sunrise ST. it is a little big, but really fun.
works great in moving water and still.
I took it out into the Nestucca Bay, handled the salt without an issue (D rings picked up a bit of rust)
I might buy an 8' boat if I could do it over, but I love my toon

Kim Hampton

Not Politically Correct
I have a Spring Creek which is a bit heavy or at least the model I have.
I ran into a guy up at Chopaka this past June. He was just coming off the water as I was preparing to go out. I think his pram was a cedar strip type of construction. Cedar strips covered with fiberglass. Anyway I asked him if he needed a hand to lift it up on top of his SUV. He said sure since it was really windy otherwise he wouldn't need the help. I couldn't believe how light that thing was. It weighed almost nothing. He said he built and sold them but I haven't been able to find them on the internet. The only thing I know is he was from Spokane so maybe some of the Spokane flyfishers on this board know of him. I think he might of been a member of a Spokane fly club. As light as that thing was if I were to replace my pram I'd try to go that route. The strip type of construction makes a pretty boat also.

Kim Hampton

Not Politically Correct
Thanks Kim. I am considering building a small wooden skiff or pram. I just found out about this new one from Devlin:


Also, Kim I hope you remember to post any info you find on that pram you mentioned. That boat sounds really sweet.
Jim--OB-- If you're thinking of building a pram, look up Iveofione's post on the pram he built. Unlike the Devlin boats, his is a flat bottom--something most prams aren't. The plans he used are free online; however, he did a couple of mods that made the boat better for fishing use. I didn't see any pix of him standing in the boat, but you could ask if he has and what it's like.

I'm going to start on my version in maybe a month or so after two other projects get finished up...

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
Thanks BFK. I haven't decided on any particular design or plan, yet. I'm looking for something not too complicated for a "first-timer" to build. Must be light and narrow enough to car-top, and stable enough to stand and cast from. Able to handle up to 1' wind chop. Mainly a small lake boat, but enough rocker to row slow rivers.

That 5 x 10 Devlin skiff sounds like it could handle choppier water than a pram, and its less than half the weight of my 10' fiberglass Don Hill mini-drifter (which weighs far too much at 140 lbs). Looks like a relatively easy build for a novice boat-builder, too. Finished weight supposed to be only around 55 lbs!

A super lightweight glue-and-stitch pram would be awesome, too. Just have to find a design I like.

Kim, that White Salmon Pram looks sweet, but like you say, "spendy."

Olive bugger, my opinion (worth what it cost, and being a fan of hard hulls and not liking inflatables), is that you should get another pram, since the first one worked out well for you and you liked it.
Well, I made a trip over to Avid Angler yesterday to pick up a fly box for a gift. I looked at the V boats they had. I guess I am going to bite the bullet and buy a tube. A pram would be nice but a tube will give me more options. At my age I don't want anything with a lot of
weight to move around. Besides, tubing will give me some exercise. Since I am out of the fishing picture until next year, (got a lame paw and will have surgery) I guess I will just wait until the waters warm and then pick up the Fat Cat.

I thank you all for you input to my inquiry. Always a good way to start my day reading what you fellows think and say. Thanks again.
Have you thought of an inflatable? Mine is 11 feet long and 5 feet wide. Rated at 900 pounds and a 10 horse. I use a 2 HP on it and you can walk around inside. Much more stable than a pram or any other boat of the same size. Keep your feet dry and your beer cold in the cooler you can also bring along.

Inflates in about the same time as a toony and only weighs 90 pounds ready to fish. When it is taken down it easily fits in the trunk of my Ford Focus
Well, I have floated a few rivers with a group using a raft. I presume that is what you refer to. The are great for a float on moving water, but have you ever tried to row one on a flat surface.

I am pretty well fixed on a v tube and I will spend the next few months deciding on the Fat cat or the Fish cat series. I am leaning to the Urethane bladders even though they cost more.
But I believe you generally get what you pay for.

Thanks for your input though.
I'm referring to a Zodiac type boat with a wood or aluminum floor.

Quite popular in BC where portability can be important.

They row very easily. And you stay dry.


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