Lost backpack below Ringer launch

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by ewhitaker75, Aug 10, 2013.

  1. ewhitaker75 Member

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    North Ellensburg
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    Had the misfortune of the boat swamping today below ringer launch. Lost an orange backpack but did get the boat safely and no one was hurt. A big thank you to Al Parks and persons unknown. If anyone finds the said backpack please PM
  2. Dipnet aka Tim Hartman

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    Silverdale, WA
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    Probably better served to put this in the "Lost, Found, Stolen" section of the board.
  3. ewhitaker75 Member

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    North Ellensburg
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    Thanks, its been a while since I've been on...
  4. Rod Wittner Active Member

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    West Richland, WA
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    Glad it all turned out ok and nobody got hurt. Thank God. My son I launched my drift boat at Ringer last Sunday at 4600cfs. While arranging the shuttle at Red's, it was recommended that I NOT launch at Ringer due to the potential danger of getting swamped, specifically in the bend downriver just down river of the put in. I am pretty experienced on the sticks and have launched at Ringer before in high flows, so we went for it and experienced no problems. So I am curious as to what it was it that caused you guys to capsize? It is a valid warning and good info for the rest of the folks here. Thanks.
  5. Old406Kid Active Member

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    Spokane, WA
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    Wondering the same for the safety of others on the site. Gnarly water, pilot error, or what?
  6. ewhitaker75 Member

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    It was a combination of gnarly water, and error in judgement by leaving a inexperienced rower to wait in the boat while I returned from shuttling the trailer. Anchor let go, and the rest is all downhill. After looking over the boat again, I also realized that the rear casting horn (Hyde) and one of the support posts are in the river still as well
  7. ewhitaker75 Member

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    Backpack has been recovered and is on its way back. Still missing the rear casting horn and support post and a black flybox full of big dries.