Pontoon for the Deschutes - Fly Fishing Forum
Inflatable Watercraft Rafts, pontoon boats, kickboats, etc.

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Rate Thread Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-07-2004, 11:01 AM
Skilly's Avatar
Skilly Skilly is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Cowlitz
Posts: 336
Send a message via MSN to Skilly Send a message via Yahoo to Skilly
Pontoon for the Deschutes

I am going to try and pick up a pontoon boat of some kind to fish the Deschutes with this coming season. I wil probably drift from Macs to the mouth. I can line it around washout. I want something that will carry enough gear for 3 days.

What are you guys using????
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2  
Old 01-11-2004, 05:13 PM
Steelheader69's Avatar
Steelheader69 Steelheader69 is offline
flyfishing catarafter
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: OlyPen, Chehalis System
Posts: 881
Send a message via AIM to Steelheader69 Send a message via Yahoo to Steelheader69
Well

I don't know that river. But, I'm using a custom 16' cataraft and a steelheader cataraft. The one bennie to both of mine are they are whitewater based boats with heavier handling capacity. I've done 2 day trips with my 9' Steelheader and 7 day trips with my 16'. The 9' handled all my fishing gear, tent, stove, etc for those two days, plus food and my buddies gear who was using his outcast. For heavier holding capacity, you'll want more of the whitewater grade boats like the steelheaders, sotar fishing cats, etc. They'll carry at labout 400#'s more then boat of similar size out there. Plus, will be more stable while floating with that much weight since you won't be maxing out the weight like on other boats. Just a thought.
__________________
"Good angling ethic is not a monopoly practiced just by fly fisherman" - Bill McMillan
Steelheader.net
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3  
Old 01-11-2004, 05:27 PM
fredaevans fredaevans is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Rogue River
Posts: 3,856
sotar fishing cats

My personal experience with P-B's is very limited but Mike Parson's purchased one of the above boats a short while back. The thing looks/built like it would take a torpedo to sink same.

Extreamly well built, even to the un-trained eye. But cheap it wasn't. Get what you pay for.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4  
Old 01-11-2004, 07:13 PM
Skilly's Avatar
Skilly Skilly is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Cowlitz
Posts: 336
Send a message via MSN to Skilly Send a message via Yahoo to Skilly
Could you give me a link to the steelheader catcraft? I am looking for a one man, something I can put in my pick up. The 9 ft sounds interesting.

Thanks
Skilly
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5  
Old 01-11-2004, 11:30 PM
Whiskey Dick's Avatar
Whiskey Dick Whiskey Dick is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Deschutes River
Posts: 144
Hi Skilly, here is the web site you are looking for, www.steelheader.com an other one for you to check out is www.bucksbags.com and also www.davescaddenpontooncraft.com
I first floated the Deschutes in a one man pontoon boat about 10 years ago, i used an 8' bucks bronco and went Macks to the mouth with no real problems. I agree with Steelheader69 you need at least an 9' or 10' or 11' pontoon boat to carry any gear for a 2 or 3 day trip, my 8' boat was over loaded with a tent, sleeping bag,pad, and cooler with enough food to last 3 days.
As for lining it through Washout you can go tight right or tight left and you will be fine just remember to wear your life jacket at all times. One other tip i can pass on is if you are going to float the lower river on days the Jet Boats are running get a 10' light weight pole with a flag on it and attach it to your pontoon boat, When you are bouncing through some of those rapids(Rattle Snake comes to mind) the jet boat operators will not spot you in your pontoon boat and start up the same rapids as you are coming down and speaking from experience it does not make for a fun Trip. tight lines and have fun down there,brian
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6  
Old 01-12-2004, 12:15 PM
Skilly's Avatar
Skilly Skilly is offline
Registered User
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: Cowlitz
Posts: 336
Send a message via MSN to Skilly Send a message via Yahoo to Skilly
Wiskey Dick

Thanks I will check them out. Thanks for the Idea of the stick and flag so the jet boats can see me better. I ran it with a jet for several years and I know how hard it is to see a boat or raft coming down fence line. (Rattlesnake)
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Fly Fishing Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Deschutes: 9/7 Report Eric Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 12 10-15-2010 04:47 PM
Deschutes Anybody? Eric Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 3 09-23-2006 10:06 AM
Pontoon for the Deschutes Skilly Propwash 0 01-06-2004 10:36 AM
Another Deschutes Report Eric Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 0 08-08-2002 01:49 PM
Deschutes Anyone????? Eric Pacific Northwest Sea Run Forum 8 08-01-2002 06:48 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:40 AM.



Copyright Flyfishingforum.com (All Rights Reserved)