“Almost” Deschutes Tragedy

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by John Dougher, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. John Dougher Member

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  2. Jim Speaker Active Member

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    Wow, yeah, nice move on the fisherman's part.
  3. Robert Engleheart Robert

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    Anyone on the Deschutes (or any water) without a PFD is a fool. You always think it'll be the other guy.
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  4. Gertie's Pa New Member

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    Why anyone would be on a river as powerful as the Deschutes without a pfd id totally beyond me. I've been bucked out of a raft on a couple occasions on this river. I still struggled with a good pfd. I also wear one while surf fishing on the coast. Every year we hear of surf fishermen or wave jumpers getting sucked into an under tow. Give yourself a chance to survive. Wear the damn pfd's!:rofl::ray1:
  5. Richard Olmstead BigDog

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    I understand the Deschutes is all C&R for drowning boaters now, so no one carries a gaff anymore.
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  6. fredaevans Active Member

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    Water 'doesn't care,' especially moving water. We've already (since January) lost (IMS) 6 people on the Rogue. The last two at Blossom Bar ... and they did have PFD's on at the time.
  7. JE Active Member

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    Yep, especially get them on your kids when you have them along the river bank. It just takes a second.
  8. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    Couldn't get the link today.
  9. GAT Active Member

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    Yup, the page is gone.
  10. Rob Ast Active Member

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    That's because the post and article are from 2008.
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  11. GAT Active Member

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    Well, okay. That's explains a lot.
  12. Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I usually look at the dates on posts. It didn't have very many replies, so I thought is was new.

    People should not play with peoples minds this way.
  13. jessejames Flyslinger

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    Jim this reminded me of something my Mom used to say about a friend of mine when I was in Junior High School "If he had a brain he'd have it out playing with it"
    Only you can play with your mind!
    jesse
  14. Olive bugger Active Member

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    IIRC back in the late 70s and early 80s, there was a fellow that did salvage on the Deschutes river, around Oh Shit Rock, with a moniker of River Angel. At least I read about him in some of the publications at the time. Anybody recall him or if he was just a journalistic myth?
  15. MikeT Member

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  16. Olive bugger Active Member

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    Well that is good to know. I recall an article of him with an aluminum drift boat that was folded almost double and he salvaged it out with a series of cables and wires. I understand that he gave the owner a choice of paying for the salvage or if he declined, Mark got to keep the boat under salvage law and he would hammer them out and resell them.
    Not certain of the validity of my memory tho.

    Thanks for the update.
  17. ak_powder_monkey Proud to Be Alaskan

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    that's a big freaking motor...

    Whitehorse is not something I'd want to run in a hard boat...
  18. Olive bugger Active Member

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    I rode through it with a guide many years ago. He was good. Very good.
    We caught fish, boy howdy we caught fish.