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Hello All!

I would like to upgrade my river taxi. Currently using an outcast fishcat 10ir standup. I love to be able to stand up and spot fish! I also will stand up and use one oar canoe style in slow water! I am looking for a few things in my new craft. Easier transport. Option for another angler or 2. Trailer and drift boat still so classy and comfy.

It seems there is so many options available. Lots of brands all over the internet.
What Boat are you loving these days? what do you use it for? why do you love it?
what would you improve/change?
Not looking to open this thread to diss any manufacturers so if your feedback is super negative
a PM might be a better route feel free to shoot me a message!THanks!


Thanks for all the feedback in advance!

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I was able to purchase a used AIRE Super Puma with NRS fishing frame and trailer last winter for a steal. So far have been very happy with it as it is my first river craft. It is light enough that 2 guys can drag it 50 meters to the river to launch, and fishes 3 comfortably. The Puma series are narrow and apparently are the sportscar of rafts, but also lack floor space for lots of storage(but I have nothing to compare it to, only what I have heard.)

I would love to try rowing a drift boat, to see the difference in handling and more storage space, but don't think I would want to give up the raft as a few rivers I regularly fish do not have launches and the raft allows me to drift them as long as I can get somewhat close with good trail access.


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Hello All!

I would like to upgrade my river taxi. Currently using an outcast fishcat 10ir standup.
Mike
I have the same boat although after 2 years of ownership I have only had it out a handful of times. The first year I had a shoulder replacement and the second I blew out my back, again. Unfortunately both of these events prevented me from rowing.

However, the few times I had it out it was a blast. I mounted a bow mount minkota on the back with a plate I made up and it works great!

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I did quite a bit of research last year on this stuff, it's hard to differentiate who makes quality etc and which vendors/companies have a bad reputation. All that stuff aside, I ended up buying the 12'6" option from Saturn Rafts and put an NRS frame on it.

I've been super happy with the raft so far. It can seat two other anglers and a small amount of gear, or one angler with more space. Floor is hard enough to stand up and cast from which is a plus for trout fishing. Also fits in the back of my truck with no need for a trailer.
 

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Love my Aire with NRS Frame and custom rod rack
Can’t go wrong with Aire product. Supremely efficient, very durable, and can be configured like no other. But, you have to pay to play....

I have a Willies drift boat that is very nice but never really use it anymore and find most my floating is done out of my Aire Outfitter tandem IK. It delivers me to steelies other will never know....
 

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Had I not found my raft used, I was about to pull the trigger on a Catchercraft Sea Run Bull. Was really impressed with their 2 man raft. But am very happy with my 3 man setup now that I have it.

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I've got a 1978 Alumaweld 16' driftboat w/9.9 Yamaha long shaft outboard. My son and I bought this boat primarily for its storage capacity. He and I had weed control (spray) contracts over 40 miles of the Rogue River from Whitehorse Park to Marial. Those contracts are now handled by someone else.

At present, if I had my druthers, I'd pick up a 14-16' Clackacraft. Might still pull the trigger. :wink2:

My son Geoff on the sticks. I wish it looked as good now as it did then.
 

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I have a 2003 16’ Clack and like everything about it. Don’t use it as often as I’d like but find it super versatile from trout to steelhead to duck hunting. Have an 8hp Merc for it if needed.
 

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RMR Animas tandem IK, but use it for 1 person. Cheap, durable, portable, white water stable, launch-able, skinny water-able, frog water-able, .... Get an extra one, too, for your buddies. Then you can each hit different sides of the river, or different runs, etc. Carries plenty of gear. Best way to drift if you swing.
 

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I am loving this thread!!
thanks for all the responses!

Question for all the raft guys.

do you have rigid inserts built into the frame to stand on?

What exactly is a dropped stitched floor and can it endure cleated wading boots?

Is there other types of floors for rafts?

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I am loving this thread!!

thanks for all the responses!



Question for all the raft guys.



do you have rigid inserts built into the frame to stand on?



What exactly is a dropped stitched floor and can it endure cleated wading boots?



Is there other types of floors for rafts?



thanks again!
Yes my NRS frame has wooden casting platforms attach at front and rear seat. I have tried and fished in rowing postion without a platform, and although it is definetly doable, it is not as comfortable as being on a solid surface.

The drop stitch floor is a definite plus, as it is self draining floor, basically it is a floor that is separate from the main raft tube and their are a number of loops on the floor and main tube and they are held together with rope cord etc. Other than the self draining pro, I is also easier to repair if it is punctured. I also have a 15ft cable lock that I run through the frame, then through the drop stitched floor and through the rim of my trailer tire, so both the raft, frame, or trailer doesn't go missing from my front yard. There maybe other advantages that I am not aware of that someone can add.

If I remember tomorrow, I can take some picks of my frame and floor.

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Towee Guide Tested Skiff. Serves as a drift boat on Missouri and Arkansas trout/smallmouth rivers, flats skiff in the Gulf, attach a troller to the front and it's a bass boat for small lakes and ponds. Fishes three. As with any "do-it-all" boat, it's not the "best" in any off these classifications, but it gets the job done.
 

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The "drop stitch floor" is a technology of inflatable that is very rigid and can be inflated to a higher pressure. It provides a rigid floor that you can stand on very well and is also buoyant to help keep the raft up in the water column. This is what is used on inflatable SUP's, so basically you have an SUP as your raft floor. You won't really want to use cleated boots on them as it is still a raft material and can be punctured.
 

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I have a '14 Hyde XL LowPro and I love it. Great platform to fish from, plenty of storage. I have the Yeti cooler with the seat attached in the rear and bench for the front. Rows like a dream. Does take a beating though in bony waters.... Seems like they tend to hold their value a little better too...

 

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My purpose for a boat is strictly transportation, to get me into spots that are otherwise inaccessible. My first boat was a 14ft woodie. I had it for three years, learned a lot about drift boats, & customized it a little bit. But you can't store a wood boat outside, so when a deal on a 15 ft cataraft came up, I sold the woodie & bought the cat.

A word about two handed fly rods. Fully assembled !5 ft rods do not travel well in the average boat or raft. I was able to bungie a 15 foot rod to the frame of the cat, but it's kinda scary thinking about a bungie letting go at the worst possible time.

I also discovered inflatables are not exactly immune to the weather. UV is not good for them, and you have to watch the pressure. Air expands with heat & compresses with cold. The cat was wide & rode above the wheels on the trailer, as most rafts do. To say rear visibility is limited is an understatement. My trailer had no winch so you had to man handle that boat back up on the trailer. We took the cat down thru the wild & scenic section of the Rogue one time & then sold it.

My next boat was a 9 ft Bucks Bronco. I bought an EZ loader for the motor home & took it up to Smithers & fished the Bulckley & the Morice with it. when I got home from that trip I built a rod carrier out of 3" PVC pipe. If I have to, I can carry a 15ft rod broken down. Usually a 13ft rod hanging out the back. It does the job, but it's a royal PITA getting the toon down out of the rafters & loading that boat on top of the SUV, & the EZ Loader is a pain just getting it out from behind all the $**t in the garage.

I stumbled across a deal on an almost new 16ft Clackacraft w/ the gulf stream bottom on the way home from that Smithers trip. With Sawyer Square top oars & Cobra oar locks, that boat rows like a dream. I can stand to see whats up ahead & row, I can skull the boat side ways down thru a run, Slow the boat to a crawl, slide it over low water riffles that would stop most other boats. I've even worked out a system for storing 13ft rods completely inside the boat while floating the river. Needles to say I can carry a lot of gear, and two other people. The only thing I've found I cannot do is use a propane heater in the boat. I can live with that.
 

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