Maiden voyage with the new raft - Yak report

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  1. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Well, finally got the new raft in the water today. Put in around 9:45am (later than I wanted) and floated from Red's to Roza. Holy hell, the bikini hatch was in FULL FORCE today...more on this later.

    I took a buddy and my son Sebastian and I rowed all day. We threw hoppers of every variety and had good success with pretty much all of them. I noticed the more neutral colors seemed to work a bit better though. The Morrish hopper was probably the best in tan, but did well with pink too. For whatever reason though, my buddy was having a bit of trouble "sealing the deal" and couldn't hook easily 75% of the fish that rolled on his fly. Some of these mind you were HOGS and did the slow sip porpoise gig. I think he was a bit too quick on the draw and ended up pulling the fly out of their mouths. Towards the end of our float however, he was slowing down (probably due to heat exhaustion) and started hooking up. My son did great too as this was really his first real fishing trip. Normally he just goes and hangs out (I don't push him to fish), but this time he pursued fishing and even had a few pretty awesome takes. Proud papa here!

    So back to the bikini hatch story...was below slab, right before Peg's hole and saw a guy in the water get separated from the floatilla, but wasn't a big deal as he was running on the rocks in the middle of the river. It wasn't until it started getting deeper and he started yelling, "I can't swim!!", that I realized how serious it was. I kicked it into high gear, spun the boat around and put in work to get down stream to him. I began yelling at him to relax and try to float and grab the raft rope when I get close. As I got about 10 feet from him, he began to bob. When he came back up he grabbed the rope...I asked him if he was okay and he said yes and then proceeded to let go...down he went again. He came up again and I pulled my oar out of the horn and stuck it at him, he clamped on fast. I brought him to the side of the boat and then could see, he was wearing denim! I instructed him to NOT LET GO as I rowed downstream to his "friends" awaiting his return. Once i got him to them, they casually say, "thanks...".............and that was it! If I wasn't so tired, I would have made it much more well known how dissatisfied I was. I pulled over to take a breather and my son goes, "Dad, that probably wouldn't have happened if he was wearing a life jacket." So, let this be a lesson, sometimes 8 year olds are smarter than adults. Anyway, if we were fishing for idiots, it would have been an epic day, but turns out it was just an awesome first day with the new raft.

    Here's Sebastian ready at the launch.
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  2. Gregg Lundgren

    Gregg Lundgren Now fishing on weekdays too!

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    Good Karma coming your way Luke. At some point down the line, they will begin to realize what it all meant.
     
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  3. Jim Ficklin

    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    Great day and a fine "save," Luke. You're raising your Son right, obviously . . . pretty perceptive for one so young. Thanks for sharing.
     
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  4. Tony Polizzi

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    Great looking rig,
    lets not quibble, YOU SAVED THAT MANS LIFE!
    Your son got to learn how gentlemen behave in a critical moment.
    Nicely done.
    Thanks for posting
     
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    Good work Luke. How did the raft handle?
     
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    Nice job all the way around, Luke. Hope those rubber hatch morons realize what you did and learn a valuable lesson from it. Obviously your son learned a ton from this experience. Nicely done.

    And oh, by the way.... that is a sweet lookin' piece of river navigation equipment.
     
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  7. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Handled like a charm! Really pleased with the craft. One major difference was how easy I can crab walk it compared to a drift boat... Comes in really handy on rivers like the Yakima. Can't wait for some of my other favorite rivers.

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    Great report. The yakima is such a zoo this time of year. I'm always amazed by how many fish are still looking up during the mardi gras.

    Nice work saving a dude's life. Hopefully when he sobers up tomorrow he'll remember it, get smart, and schedule a vasectomy.
     
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    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    Great looking raft, Luke, and great save on the dude too. I learned many years ago that if you can do a deal like that for someone then your reward is in the doing. Heck he could have died that day except for you being there, take your satisfaction from that and move forward. Your son will remember and you will be a no BS example of what a real man is all about.
    Cool day Luke, thanks for letting us in on it.

    LB
     
  10. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    Good work Luke, you are an inspiration. Would a throw bag have made it any easier?
     
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  11. Luke77

    Luke77 I hope she likes whitefish

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    Had a throw bad actually boot. I'm on the county SAR team and am well versed in using them, however, given his size and lack of composure, a big raft that floats well and oars were a better option. I guess it was a slit second decision and I chose. Just glad it turned out well. Just want everyone to be aware, this is the reality we face everyday we're on the water. Nut checks come when we're least expecting them.

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  12. wadin' boot

    wadin' boot Donny, you're out of your element...

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    See I was wondering just that, if you throw the bag you lose time on the sticks where you could get a whole bunch of other options going. Good call...
     
  13. Jim Wallace

    Jim Wallace Smells like low tide.

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    Luke77, It sounds like you had both an awesome day of fishing with your son and pal in your new raft, AND an epic day of fishing for idiots!
     
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    You still never elaborated on the the bikini hatch, except for saving some dude(good on you) floating a river who can't swim(now I'm thinking natural selection), wearing denim. I'm picturing Joe Dirt in my head. Hopefully Sebastian can describe some bikinis.
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    It takes an IDIOT to float down a river when you can't swim. They all think it won't happen to them so they take no precautions. When I was young and couldn't swim I never went in water over my waist.

    Good thing you came along when you did or he probably wouldn't be there today. Kudo's to you.