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It’s just a matter of time before jet boat dude rips off a sponson or crushes his transom as a result of going thru rapids backwards. 🙂
I missed the part where he says, “hold my beer”.
If I were to run it in a driftboat….I’d paddle over to the gravel bar and let my passengers out with their gear. I’d run it a alone and pick them up below the rapid in the back eddy. This accomplishes two things:
1. It assures the safety of your passengers and gear should you capsize….
2. The boat is much lighter and more maneuverable with less weight.
In the future, as you build confidence….they can stay onboard for the ride.
I got mine last summer and absolutely no regrets. I went to the dealer to snatch up the last model-year FJ ….but made the mistake of looking at the 4Runner. 🙂
Sweet! What did it eat?Jun 17, 2015 at 6:22 pm in reply to: What's the best way to launch a hard boat at Blue Ridge Dam? #88871
Zach….I just slide mine over the rocks but I’ve got the plastic shoe on the bottom. I’ve seen carpet used as well as two pieces of large-diameter plastic PVC pipe.
I would think carpet would be the way to go. You might be able to drag it across the grass over near the canoe launch…especially if the grass is wet.
It’s been a few years since I used the taxi but I believe it was about $25 bucks to take me from Jones Bridge boat ramp back to Medlock. The cabbie had difficulty finding the boat ramp the first time….but once he figured out what I was doing…it went smoothly on the next trip.
Zach…..when floating the Hooch in the driftboat….I used a taxi service. Once they realized I was not a crook trying to lure them to an obscure boat ramp…..it worked well.
Of course in a very rural area….this would prove difficult.
If you subscribe to Instagram…….you might be interested in “clarklittle”.
He shoots with Aquatech equipment and may be on their pro staff. He lives in Hawaii and shoots some amazing stuff.
I also found this on Moldy Chum:
Also a new GoPro accessory:
….and finally…..a couple from my recent MT trip:
I am now the proud owner of a 2014 4Runner Trail Edition.
So far I am in love. Hopefully you’ll be seeing / hearing a lot about it in the future.
Travis….you are a fishing machine!
Fascinating stuff Mike. Thanks for sharing this.
I thought the same as Zach….landowner gained some usable acreage but the fisherman in me wants the river channel preserved. I found myself thinking…..if it were my land….I would have attempted to block the break and keep the trout water. 🙂
I see this quite a bit in AK and in Yellowstone. Mother Nature has a reason I assume.
If I ever pay $299 for a soft-side cooler….I want one of you to beat me to death with a Tenkara rod. 🙂
Bahia Honda times two. Be sure to take the snorkel excursion out to Luie (sp?) Key. Amazing protected marine sanctuary.
Thanks David…..$24.99 on Amazon. I ordered two and got free shipping. By the time I bought adhesive and a sheet of foam…..this was a no-brainer.
Mike….,thanks for the excellent report! I’ll be out there late July/ early August. I plan to backpack and fish the Lamar drainage.
I look forward to more of your write ups and excellent photos.
Another happy Simms Guide owner.
Yeah……I ordered it and read it as soon as it came out. I had followed the thread on The Drake so kinda knew what to expect.
It was a great read and I couldn’t put it down. If you’ve ever visited a true Alaskan fishing lodge….you know Miles nailed it.
Have you thought about how you’ll finish the hull? Two-part epoxy paint….spray lacquer??
I’m re-habbing an old Clacka and have wet-sanded the hull. A preliminary buffing has it looking decent. Of course your’s will need something a little more intense.
Out of interest, do you guys get the Ford Ranger pick-up we now have here ?<br>
It’s big by Australian standards, but would probably fit in the bed of a 350.<br>
That said, the diesel 6 is brilliant and they ride and handle our crappy roads well.
I don’t think that configuration (diesel) is available over here (US). I’d give a major body part for one of your diesel Hilux’ though! 🙂 …..with the steering wheel on the “correct” side of the vehicle. 🙂
Do your research.
It will all come back to the 4Runner. Reliability, perfect engine and tranny for pulling a driftboat, decent gas mileage and will last forever. Look at autotrader and see all the 4Runners with 200K – plus miles on the odometer.
Oh….and great re-sale value should you ever decide to trade it in. You’ll quickly notice this if you are looking to buy used.
I’d run from the Land Rover….and I’m not crazy about Jeep products either….but that’s just me.
Unicoi Outfitters is in Helen. I know Jimmy Harris used to offer a half-day of fishing on their trophy water (Nacoochee Bend) if you purchased a premium rod from them.
The shop in Blue Ridge is under new ownership and I don’t recall their name. It was previously owned by Bill Oyster. I’m not sure what type of deal they are offering.
Anyhow….just wanted you to double-check before heading to Blue Ridge (or Helen).