Best "Personal Floating Device" for rivers/lakes - Personal Rafts, Float Tubes, etc - Spey Pages
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Watermaster 20 29.85%
Outcast 22 32.84%
Water Strider 1 1.49%
Creek Company 2 2.99%
Skadden 3 4.48%
NRS 4 5.97%
Other 15 22.39%
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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 02-11-2019, 09:43 PM Thread Starter
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Best "Personal Floating Device" for rivers/lakes - Personal Rafts, Float Tubes, etc

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That is like asking what is better: Ford, Chevy, Dodge, Toyota.

Not all of them even make personal watercraft (NRS discontinued their Gig Bob model while back but they make good products have have good customer service).

Watermaster and Water Strider are very similar in design, specs, and features. As far as quality, Creek Company and Scadden (lots of different models to chose from) are about on the same level but they all have different reputations regarding customer service. I'd take an Outcast over all of them listed but am voting "other" for perhaps obvious reasons.
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I had a ridiculously bad experience with Scadden Customer Service. Actually, I don't think you can even call it "customer service," because there was no service....until I cancelled the credit card payment. Then, miraculously, he was available.
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Water Steider has been great. Great customer service. I perfer the oval shaped boats in lakes over the pontoon style boats. The Pontoon boats are more susceptable to the wind pushing them around. That said Waterstrider is very proud of there product and it shows in the $$$$

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Call me old school but for still water, it's hard to beat the U shaped float tube. The conventional frame type pontoon not only has all those hair pin clips to find their way around your fly line, but oars. While a more efficient means of propulsion, I find oars to be a PITA to contend with when trying to maneuver with fly rod in hand. Plus you've got a lot of surface area above the waterline that's effected by wind. A lot of the newer float tubes have you sitting higher, with your butt out of the water. Nice casting position but, you are still prone to being blown around by the wind.

I have an older Caddis U- tube with the light weight bladder & back pack style carrying straps. It didn't originally come with that light weight bladder, but Caddis very graciously swapped it out at little or no cost. I don't remember, it's been a long time. I fabricated a riser out of 2" thick closed cell foam that takes the sag out of the seat while sitting me up a little higher. I can now move around with less effort but there is still enough of me in the water to keep the wind from blowing me around. FWIW: even tough I learned to shoot a shoot of line from a float tube, I found it not only unnecessary but often, less productive.

For moving water, there's nothing like a good drift boat. The sled guys have their advantages but I prefer the silence afforded by drifting.
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I have a scadden skykomish sunrise that I got on a trade. It does the job but I haven't dealt with customer service.


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i like pontoons myself .. i have a bucks bags bronco 9 footer and a fish cat 9 footer with the double pontoons for shallower drifts .. i like the fish cat more but they are both super legit..they ride on the roof of the car fully blown up really well also. the bucks bags is a little lighter and rides higher with the bigger tubes but i like the frame a little more on the fish cat i think. use 10-15 lb anchor with both and it anchors well about anywhere.. where as some of the watermasters or scadens dont do so well anchoring in a current
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For solo work it's tough to beat the outcast boat for price and build. Stable boats with room to rig, I don't usually fish still water so I modified my anchor system for a bigger custom deck for a small dry box and room for my soft coolers. Side every on both so I can access from the rowing position. Plus two rod holders that fit any size spey rod I'll run down the river with.


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For solo work it's tough to beat the outcast boat for price and build. Stable boats with room to rig, I don't usually fish still water so I modified my anchor system for a bigger custom deck for a small dry box and room for my soft coolers. Side every on both so I can access from the rowing position. Plus two rod holders that fit any size spey rod I'll run down the river with.


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I know this poll was intended for solo crafts. But I had built my own to bring other companions with me:
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for stillwater only you can definitely expand the palette of what would work nicely as well as quality of the components. namely, frameless for stillwater is perfect.
as soon as moving water comes up: well then one has to acknowledge limitations of each and every pontoon craft out there.

I had an Outcast Fish Cat Scout for a few years and used in all over the PNW incl. Skeena tributaries. I knew its limitations and I acted accordingly. Great company to interact with.
Now upgrading to a slightly larger craft with a custom frame. a frame gives you more safety and confidence in moving water. Also here, fantastic fabulous company to interact with and stellar customer service.

in terms overall value, price, quality and fun factor: the one-man frameless offers from Outcast are awesome.
Now I got the hang of it and know what the future brings: upgraded to a framed one-man pontoon, made in Ellensburg/North Bend WA.

and: my craft needs to be portable. I travel all around the globe with it, every year.

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I love my Outcast Fishcat IR Stand UP 10. I have made a few modifications on it to suit my need better but I do wish that it had a bit larger pontoon diameter just to make it ride a bit higher in the water.

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Can someone explain the USD 300 difference between the Outcast Fish Cat Scout and Stealth Pro?
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