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  1. Default What are my choses for inflatables?

    I have been contemplating getting an inflatable for river fishing for some time now.
    I used to have a drift boat but sold it ( what a mistake that was! ) and i'm missing the versatility and the ability to cover water and getaway from the crowds that a boat provides. Looking for something that i can pack into a car trunk and setup at the river and something that tuff that i would not have to worry about puncturing? i have been looking at a Dave Scadden Rampage Lo Pro but have been reading some Not so good things about Scaddens and am leery about getting one now.

    So what are my options for a good inflatable river boat? I think my options are Dave Scadden, River Master and Outcast? Am i missing any? What do you like and use and what would you recommend?

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    Default Re: What are my choses for inflatables?

    Note: I do not own a frameless pontoon.

    that said, I've spent some little time in both a Scadden and an Outcast. Both are good boats; they both will put up with any normal type of abuse (dropping from waist-high onto concrete/asphalt/gravel, dragging across same) and probably won't even show any marks. Even on the water, I've run into boulders just beneath the surface without issue. I think the Scaddens will tote more total weight, so if you're a big guy (over 220 lb.) and/or planning on carrying more than a hundred lbs. of gear along, then the Scadden might be more appropriate.

    IMO, your choice may come down to either price or available accessories, such as aftermarket oars, gear pockets, and so forth.

    Good luck in your search.
    "Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn." ~Chuck Clark

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    Default Re: What are my choses for inflatables?

    Quote Originally Posted by flyfishsick View Post
    I have been contemplating getting an inflatable for river fishing for some time now.
    I used to have a drift boat but sold it ( what a mistake that was! ) and i'm missing the versatility and the ability to cover water and getaway from the crowds that a boat provides. Looking for something that i can pack into a car trunk and setup at the river and something that tuff that i would not have to worry about puncturing? i have been looking at a Dave Scadden Rampage Lo Pro but have been reading some Not so good things about Scaddens and am leery about getting one now.

    So what are my options for a good inflatable river boat? I think my options are Dave Scadden, River Master and Outcast? Am i missing any? What do you like and use and what would you recommend?

    Thanks


    You may want to consider Catchercraft as well. Its set up well for rivers.

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    I know guys that have scaddens, and guys with outcasts, and all seem to like their boats. I've heard of many issues with scaddens, too, but it hasn't been anyone I know. I have a friend with a watermaster, and he likes it. I don't like how low you sit in the water, and it's extremely slow, but that could be good if you're casting while floating. If you have a strong upstream wind you'll be hating life.

    Personally I use a standard frame pontoon. I break it down and the whole thing fits in my trunk (ford fusion) with room for my fishing gear. It's a bit time consuming at the ramp, but we're talking 15-20 minutes, not an hour.

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    Check out the Watermaster Kodiak. I’ve had one for several years, and have used it in both lakes and rivers (it’s rated for class IV rapids). It is ideally suited for fly fishing, and I’ve literally saved a few folks in their tubes when wind has suddenly come up and they got stuck. It will haul everything you need and then some. The quality and durability of the boat and the customer service are awesome. www.bigskyinflatables.com
    ....Just one more cast...

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    How about the Flycraft inflatables? I’m more than a bit attracted to them, for pond use, not rivers. Do any of you have experience with them?
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    Check out Sea Eagle. I have their 385fta kayak and had an inflatable SUP (which I exchanged for the kayak). They have a 180-day trial period. Six months to try it, and if you don't like it, send it back for a full refund. You only pay for return shipping.

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    A couple of quick add ons about the Watermaster...the entire package fits inside an included backpack dry bag that will easily fit inside a car trunk. It also can be taken by air as checked luggage to any destination (I’ve done this more than once) without incurring excess luggage charges. I waited several years before buying it, weighing the pros and cons of kayaks, pontoons, skiffs, rafts, etc, and trying them all before choosing the Watermaster. They use whitewater-grade PVC in their construction and will send you a free sample of the material upon request. I floated down several miles of the Sandy River in Oregon with my two teenagers last summer. They were in and out of the boat, but we had a blast, and the boat handled the three of us very well.
    ....Just one more cast...

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    Default Re: What are my choses for inflatables?

    Lots of great products on the market making for some tough choices. I have a Dave Scadden Rampage, for over six years, its a framelss pontoon and love it, but I have heard some bad stuff about Dave Scadden. It will fold up and fit into one of those oversized rolling luggage carriers for carrying on airplanes, one of their big selling points. My buddy Muzzy has two Outcast pontoons and they have been solid work horses for over four years. I'm pretty sure there are two members here that have Flycraft and I've seen several on the water, they seem like a great boat. Best of luck!!!!
    Larry


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    I fish canoes and kayaks most of the time and my inflatable boat ownership is limited to a 10' Avon roll up and a Sea Eagle 420 kayak the Avon has not been out of the shed in years (PITA to handle by myself). The 420 is a good all around inflatable that travels well, is safe, easy to handle, but it is a inflatable and will never perform like any of my hard boats. Never tried pontoons or the larger rafts watched a few of the frame pontoons being assembled riverside and lost interest in them, may have been the owners lack of experience.

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