Clumsy as it is, take that sexy two piece oar out from under the seat and assemble it before ever pulling away from the launch ramp. Because when you need it, you need it right now! Not 10 minutes later, after you've drifted out of control and hit every other rock/root wad in the river.All good tips.
- an extra two piece oar is a handy item in case you ever need it
All good tips. I would add there is never any shame in beaching the boat and scouting a hairy spot from up high on the bank.
Ditto on that. I happened to be fishing the D near the mouth a few days ago, looked up and saw two fellows in a drift boat coming down Rattlesnake rapids river right. Realized the error of their ways 1/3 the way through, got sideways, pounded a couple of boulders, damaging the side of their boat and nearly turning it into a bucket, but managed somehow to make it through without dumping.
As my old guide buddy Merl used to say "Here on the Deschutes there are those that have lost there boat and those that are going to lose there boat" Happens to all of usI too lost a boat once, very similar story but I caught it before getting to the other bank. To explain the extra rope thing... If you have weight in your boat (people) and drop exactly enough line and step out your boat lifts and off she goes! Everyone has good advice, I say find someone that has experience, MANY times!
I like this one. The rivers I row can be quite shallow at times, so this one is important for me. It doesn't matter how strong or quick you are if you bury an oar in a rock or the streambed.One of the least obvious and but still important things is to not dig the oars in deep. look at those ivy league guys, barely touching the water each stroke, same for drift boats, the more you dig in the worse off you are.