Posted 03 July 2012 - 09:25 PM
As stated earlier, I spent a lot of time in Montana, and got to experience the huge advantages a drift boat has to offer. Maine has numerous rivers that would be perfect for a drift boat yet you seldom see them, and they are usually owned by a guide.
Why don't more people own these wonderful boats in the Northeast? I built my own, and have found the design to be just as at home in the east as it is in it's native western origins.
I'm curious if any of you have any input as to why the drift boat has remained largely a western weapon. I appreciate and welcome all responses.... Im curious.
Posted 04 July 2012 - 02:57 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 07:01 AM
I've spent plenty of time on the sticks of both Hydes; Clacks; and home-grown stich and glue wooden drift boats. They're all good. There are put-ins and take-outs on almost all of the major (and most minor) rivers in the West......here the put-ins/take-outs are made for motorboats. Look at Bingham...just as a "for example". a 3.7 mile deadwater (1.2 mile at the lower end of the drift) and 2.5 mile lake to cross to the take-out. Does that ever happen on any drift on the Big Horn or Missouri or Madison/Henry's Fork? Never........
Irf the infra-structure was better here I'd invest in a DB.......but it juswt isn't here (yet)
"Fish the West every year. Life is short, and you're dead a long time." Chris Hutchins--2009
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 09:05 PM
Can't some of these boats be set up with a small outboard motor though?
I bought an 8hp long shaft for my drift boat, it makes it easy to fish our maine rivers with long stretches of dead water, and also allows you to motor back up stream to your launch site, which enables you to bring only one vehicle/ keeps you from leaving your boat while you hitchhike back up stream to your vehicle and trailer.
Drift boats have a place here in the north east, they are very adaptable, and can be used very effectively with a bit of creativity. I think we will see the infrastructure become more drift boat friendly in the future, especially with more and more dams being decommissioned and removed.
Posted 05 July 2012 - 02:22 PM
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Posted 06 July 2012 - 08:15 AM
My next move may be to build a wood one. I have plans for a 14' full ribbed boat that will fit in the back of a pickup that may end up being a winter project this year.
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Posted 10 July 2012 - 08:38 AM
Kevin, this could be a good opportunity to add even more decent content to your website.
Posted 13 July 2012 - 10:59 PM
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Posted 15 July 2012 - 07:22 AM
Drift boats nothing like them to fish out of
Steve.....if I get a drift boat can you guaranty that I will catch fish like you?
Posted 15 July 2012 - 02:06 PM
I have seen your pics you own them Brookies, But ya sure
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