|05-03-2002 12:03 AM|
I've owned a Stearns like yours for a bit over a year now, and so far both the 'yak and I have survived it's use on a number of large BC streams. It paddles well, is light-weight, very portable and seems rugged. Down-side is no storage (you can sort of stick a small dry bag between/under your knees, I take my spey rod apart and stick it under the strech-cords on the deck) and it's "challenging" to get in and out of, particularly given slimy boulder substrate and river current. Haven't filled it with water yet, it will be interesting to see how it handles with a few gallons of wave splash in it. I've been waiting for a warm weather opportunity to try it in some tougher rapids... maybe this summer. I'll let you know how it works, assuming I live through it.
|05-02-2002 11:42 PM|
Ahhh recollections of empire no less.
Given the right wheel configuration we should be able to rig the yak based version of something between a sedan chair and a rikshaw. I have a large bag of Susan B. Anthony $$$ coins to hand out to able bodied bearers. Why is it I only ever have a $20 when I need stamps?
Damned civilized way of getting across the flats if you ask me!
I also have a 16ft aluminium step ladder to which which we could strap one of Striblue's caddies to plant in a strategic observation point on the incoming.
John, I can think of a couple of rather vociferous contributors to one of the other forums who would benefit from having their contrarian energies channelled into the service of their betters.
|05-02-2002 12:20 PM|
I think I saw the inflatable cheaper somewhere else
I'll get back to you after review.
|05-02-2002 11:42 AM|
|striblue||Ah yes... I will need to start our "fishing Caddy" program... lets see.... I will get volunteers from the other web sites.... many will be called but few choosen..... They will do it for "honor".|
|05-02-2002 11:41 AM|
|FredA||Four Tops refrain (got your decoder ring). First light launch?|
|05-02-2002 11:13 AM|
All my fears of incurring a myocardial infarction have just been erased by the presence of our young friend Nick.
An excellent choice to help get the gear back across the flats although I do still personally bear a grudge against him for stealing all my fish one day last year.
|05-02-2002 10:36 AM|
|Nick||Since there's no fish, maybe you guys wouldn't mind me tagging along for the paddle. Any chance that huge string of Cormorants is still gonna be around Roop? Man was that an impressive sight and sound.|
|05-02-2002 10:17 AM|
Hypalon, phizzle?? Too much for this simple-minded simian.
Of course I will be there, although everyone knows there will be NO FISH THERE THIS TIME OF THE YEAR!!
The idea of the step ladder is doable with a yak, but you should be careful about even joking about it. You wouldn't want to incur the wrath of the internet fly fishing political correctness/ tradition police.
I'll bring some food!
|05-02-2002 09:20 AM|
Maybe a Phizzzle too! It will be great to have you Adrian. I think FredA is in as well. One problem with a morning flood is the glare in late morning, but if we create a triangular structure with the yaks and climb up...
Just for the record, I DO plan to purchase a real yak but I don't think it's in the cards for me this season, next season perhaps.
Somewhere down the road when the kids are through with college (2 in college by September) I will get to that boat I've been dreaming about...
I wonder if my stepladder fits on my yaktoy!
|05-02-2002 09:11 AM|
Hey - can I play too?
That could be my last week-end of fun in a fore-shortened season. It would be nice to go out with a bang.
Ooops! Sorry Juro, poor choice of metaphore.
Inflatable kayak - bang!?? :hehe: - hmmmmm ????.
I will bring duct-tape!
|05-02-2002 08:08 AM|
My rates are reasonable
Seriously, one of the biggest low tides of the season where the bayside herring runs bring the biggest fish into the skinniest water, free parking, little or no competition on the outer shoals, and historically great fishing that time of year... I'll definitely be out there.
Or maybe it's that 3/4 mile drag that you don't like? :hehe:
|05-02-2002 07:56 AM|
Nope, I know how to find that place.
Somewhere else, somewhere you haven't taken me!
|05-01-2002 09:27 PM|
No insult, just a "pool boy" pokin' fun.
OK - low tide, Paine's Creek on Sunday May 26th at 6am - first striper take it
|05-01-2002 07:51 PM|
AHH an insult to my manhood!!
I demand satisfaction, a one on one flats fishing challenge on the flat of your choice!! You provide the flies as well!!
(how else am I going to steal new spots?)
|05-01-2002 07:25 PM|
The nearest Costco is in Waltham, Winter Street exit. They have about 10 of them left - they sold 100 in the first batch and there were 85 in this shipment.
They are having a sunglass expo May 17, 18 and 19th as well, I was scoping out a pair of Action Optics but am now going to wait until after the fair. I think they are going to bring in a huge assortment.
These are special promo versions of the $299 downpriced to $144.95. They are only available in Costco and one or two sporting goods chains according to the rep. The paddle is a four-pc snap-loc aluminum deal and a serious paddler would replace it, but it fits nice inside the carrying bag with the pump and the yak itself. It's so small you could keep it in the truck for those unexpected opportunities to cross a channel or explore a flat.
I am seriously considering buying two more for opening up a new dimension on the Brewster Flats for friends and clients. My wife and kids and I are beach bums during the summer and these would be a blast to throw in the truck for the beach or ponds.
Granted they are not open water kayaks but they are perfect for hopping from shoal to shoal. Real good life preserver if needed too.
(I should move this thread into the inflatables to emphasize that these are not really yaks)
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