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Pontoon float fishing

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Been thinking about hitting the Yak in my pontton. I've never fished with my pontoon on moving water before and would like to know a few things. First, is the river technical in terms of rowing? I've white water rafted the white salmon before but that is the extent of my experience as far as paddling technique. Can a beginner float this river with relatively little experience? Also, what things should I bring along for the float aside from fly rod and flies and a PFD. Should I equip my toon with an anchor or a wind sock? Should I somehow attach my flyrod to me in case it falls in the water? Any recommendations on shuttle services?
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You may want to "fish on the move" but, have you considered what to do if you do hook up? Ya can't use the oars when you have a fish on and the fins just ain't gonna do it. In general, the toon is used to reach various bars / beaches on the river where you get out and fish.

Also, don't drop an anchor in moving water.......

I gotta disagree Scott (even though you were clearly the trout master on Friday!) Most of my bigger river fish (including the one in my avatar taken from the Methow) were taken either throwing big streamers at the bank or pounding the bank with a hopper/dropper. You can't do that wading from the shore, only with fins in your pontoon or a drift boat with someone else rowing. In the case of the fish in my avatar, I was in the rowers seat of my two man pontoon with my wife in the front. I hooked him and kicked like crazy to the opposite bank where there was a shallow slope. I stood up in the shallows, played him and netted him while my wife looked on. I do that all the time with a fish hooked and I don't recall every losing a fish that way. BTW, Force Fins work pretty good to stand up in in shallow water. Rick
I got a couple quail and a hun, but it was pretty slow hunting. I think the population was hurt by poor spring weather during the hatch. We actually saw more huns than quail, which is a little unusual. Pretty darn hot on Saturday-82 degrees, so that was hard on dogs and hunters alike. Talked to a friend who picked up three steelhead near the mouth of the Methow on Saturday, so maybe they are starting to run up the river! Off to Montana Friday for a week of bird hunting and fly fishing! Rick
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