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Old 12-15-2006, 03:38 PM
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Default Learning Drift Boat Tactics ??

I am very thankful because I have just purchaseda Hyde Drift boat. I have waited 25 years until allmy daughters were thru college & it has finally becomea reality. My question to anyone in this forum : Can you recommenda "good" instructional book to read. I have had experiencerowing a typical aluminum boat, but not one of these specializedriver boats. I have a friend who works for a guide service & Imaybe tapping his knowledge, but reading up never hurts.Tie One on
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The simplest advice I've heard on drift boat navigation goes like this: To avoid an obstacle/object in the river, point the stern of the boat at it and start rowing. Beyond that, I'm not sure where to suggest, other than google.
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Old 12-20-2006, 11:21 AM
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Thanks Cliff.I am obtaining a book from my local library & will bestudying it over the Christmas break.Tie One on
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Missed this the first time through. Rowing a drift boat and rowing a drift boat well are 2 entirely different things. One of my fishing buddies can row (we don't usually hit anything) but the boat is always turned wrong, going too fast or slow, or too far or too close to the bank. I think he does it so he won't have to take his turn. As for learning how row correctly there are a few different avenues.

The best being your guide friend. Have him come along (or take a guided trip and pay attention to his rowing, it will be worth the $$$) and I'm sure he will steer you straight. Nothing like learning while you do it. It is also very difficult describing in text (and reading for that matter) some of the little subtleties of rowing.

The next best would be the DVDs and videos that are out by Hyde and Clack. You can get them by contacting either of them. If you have trouble let me know. Hyde is made just down the road and there is a Clack dealership in town also. I would be happy to help out.

The third option are books. I looked and I was suprised that I had no books written about rowing a drift boat. I know they are out there as I read a couple years ago. I would either go to Amazon or your local flyshop. My flyshop has a catalog of outdoor books listed by topic. I hope this helps (you could always come out and I'll just show you how) and enjoy your boat. You picked a nice one.

Another option I just thought of are the expos. Every year there is at least one class on rowing at ours, but it does take place on the banks of the Snake.
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Yoffione,When I was doing my research on different drift boats Clackacraftsent me a promo DVD that does have a rowing section, not a ton,but it was a start. Hyde never sent a DVD/VHS to me. maybebecause it was a used one (not very used). Anything I can studywould help. Thanks for the info.Tie One On
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I got my training the hard way. We have a Drift Boat at the Lodge. Granted it is on stillwater and not a river, but I do row a lot in my pontoon so when I took clients out for the first time in the drift boat, I was surprised how easy it is to manuevr.
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Yoffione,When I was doing my research on different drift boats Clackacraftsent me a promo DVD that does have a rowing section, not a ton,but it was a start. Hyde never sent a DVD/VHS to me. maybebecause it was a used one (not very used). Anything I can studywould help. Thanks for the info.Tie One On
tie one on, go back to the dealer you bought your boat from and see if they have the Hyde tape. They may even mail you one if you call. I bought mine but it wasn't much money. I might be persuaded to loan you mine if I know I will get it back.-------Frank
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boats are made for the water, youll be fine.. go with an experienced friend first time out on the type water your going to be on... tha hardest part to me is getting onto the trailer in current.. but my boat is big and heavy.. .. ... with the boat on the trailer can getyou in the most trouble.. if you have trailer experience youll be half way there . inspect your lights and blinkers every time out, you dont want to be changing lanes on the highway when no one knows what your going to do.. .ill bet the most boat damage is done on the trailer, dont back into anything.. fiberglass or almunum is no match for steel or a tree... dave..
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Congratulations on the new toy!I've been using my 12' pontoon (white water type) with a fishing frame for about 15 years. I've rowed a buddie's drift boat about a dozen times and the difference is incredible. It just takes practice, beginning on mild water.Safety is key. Always keep an eye out downstream 50 yards minimum to identify obsticles to give you time to react to them. Be extremely careful when you drop anchor in fast moving water. If it grabs the bottom, it can easily pull the transom down filling the boat with water. Anyway there's much, much more to watch out for, especially if you hit the fast water. Here's a link to Clackacraft that gives a lot of great tips.http://www.clackacraft.com/rowingDriftBoat.htmHave fun!
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**BUMP** Mr "tie one on", how did your first season of rowing go? and how are you liking your boat?
Being able to float opens up so many more options.
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