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  2. Power drifters etc

    I own a explorer industries 162 with the 60/40 set up as a power drifter. It is all about weight. I have rowed the Hyde powerdrifter and a G3 powerdrifter. Both are pigs to row. I find the Explorer is pretty easy to row. I would say it feels a tad bit heavier than a traditional drifter. I think this is due to its 84” beam which displaces a lot of water. On the Bow we primarily jet up till we think we are ahead of floaters then row the rest of the day. I have rowed it over water that any drift boat could go over. Same can’t be said for the Hyde or G3. 60/40 yammy has been more than enough power. We have ran it on Bow, NSask, Red Deer, Skeena, Columbia and many others. Go with as much horsepower as the boat can handle or you can afford. But be careful, bigger motor means more weight, harder to row. Made in Edmonton, Dave is super easy to deal with and will build it to your needs. Scroll down to river boats. Pic is of our boat on Skeena. http://www.explorerindustries.com/index.php?area_id=1001&page_id=1001 Any other questions feel free to shoot me a PM with your number and we can chat or if you want to get out and see what it’s like, try rowing it. That could work too. J
  3. Power drifters etc

    If you get one, remember to keep up the tradition of acting like a total as*hole and picking fist fights with bank anglers and driving up into the city section!! I'm sure most of the old guys on here will get that reference!!
  4. Pinched barbs on 20s

    Didn’t occur to me! I seem to remember now there was only one? barbless year and Ive fished barbless for 20 +yrs anyway so never bothered to check on that again. Eyes just getting old now thus the query. But in my mind it’s always been a good “ rule “ for fish health so I make it my practice. Plus in the end you save time to catch more fish as we know... Some great posted replies thanks all! Nice point scel about saving the flies too, never considered that. I’ll continue 100% barbless and maybe invest in a special tool rather than just nn pliers...
  5. Hey Guys, I was fishing in the Oldman at Maycroft today and lost my friends ski pole that i was using as a wading staff. If anyone finds it, I'll have a reward for it. It was my friends and I'd love to return it. It wash downstream from the second parking area. Thanks Allan
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  7. I have run the LTX defender on 2 f350 and like them. I do have a heavy toyhauler with 3000 pounds of pin weight and wanted quiet tires on the road as we travel a lot as a family and put 10-15k on every summer. Like the toyo also.
  8. Power drifters etc

    I don’t owe one but have rowed a couple renditions of them from fishrites, Hyde’s and Jon’s. They’re not fun to row, but it is doable. You essentially can row them to keep straight and slow down a bit. It’s just never gonna row well when you have a motor with that much weight in it. Power is your friend in getting across the river..
  9. Pinched barbs on 20s

    Just a point of clarification... "Legally", you do NOT have to pinch the barbs in Alberta!
  10. Had a very strange day on a southern watershed. I’ve had many bulls chase fish I’ve hooked and even had a couple latch on for a while, but never anything like this. I hooked a fair sized cutt (about 15 inches is my guess) and as I was playing him towards me I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye and a very large bull rushed up the current (fairly shallow water) and hit him sideways. There was actually a wake in the water and it looked and felt like a shark hitting its prey. I was shocked because this wasn’t your typical small cut/white that bulls chase and this also wasn’t your typical looking bull. He was a tank…. A junk-yard dog of a bull. I’ve never seen one that wide before. Truly a fresh water shark look. Despite that, the cutt was not small either and I was sure he would release it or the cutt would shake himself free shortly. When that didn’t happen I tried to help the cutt by pulling on the line gently but that bull was not letting go and was starting to chomp on the cutt and work him around to get him head-first. I pulled the two of them over right next to me with as much force as I thought the 6 weight could handle and then reached down and grabbed the bull in front of the tail, thinking the shock of this would surely make him release and run for cover. Didn’t bother him at all and he continued to reposition the cutt and started to swallow him head first. I really started to panic at this point because I realized not only was the cutt going to die, but the hook in the cutt was already into the bull’s mouth and would be ingested by him (can’t imagine how that would work out for him). So, I pulled the bull’s tail straight up out of the water as much as I could one-handed (rod in the other hand) and when he still didn’t let go I started gently booting the bull with one leg. This still didn’t phase him and by this time all I could see of the cutt was the end of his tail. There was nothing else I could do and he was very heavy so I released my grip and the bull swam across to a big log jam, breaking my line in the process, to digest his meal. I don’t think he was much over 30 inches in length but I estimate his weight to be about 15 pounds. I’ve caught 30 inch Atlantic salmon that go 10 pounds but they are slim ballerinas compared to this guy. Interesting thing is that I had the impression that he had done this before and had sidled up close to me when he saw me fishing in anticipation of a free meal. The really strange thing is that, 90 minutes later on another river in the same watershed, the exact same thing happened to me again. Smaller cut (12 inches) and smaller bull (maybe 10 pounds) and this time I got the cut free in a few seconds and he swam away with the bull giving up pursuit quickly. The bull then moved up to position himself about 20 feet downstream of the tip of my rod and just sat there in the crystal clear shallow water at the tail-out of the pool, just waiting. I moved towards him and he moved off a little… I moved back and he re-assumed his position. Call me crazy, but I think those bull’s have learned that fisherman mean a free meal and positioned themselves close to me and just waited. I moved upstream to get away from the situation and was leery every time I caught a fish for the rest of the day. Not sure how that bull will end up with a size 14 hook in his digestive system.
  11. Power drifters etc

    Anyone own one here? Just wondering how they row on the bow? Are they sort of like having a switch rod...You could row it but you just never do? thoughts on Hp? been eyeing these up. Look pretty sick https://www.instagram.com/stealthcraftboats
  12. Alaska: Aniak River Lodge

    Too cool my friend . Thank you for sharing that.
  13. Pinched barbs on 20s

    Problem is you also catch small fish on small flies. You will tear up a lot of little mouths if you don't de-barb your hooks no matter how small they are.
  14. Hardy horizon fly line

    Ask them if they will spool it up for you and let you test cast it a few times. It might be the best line in the world for the casting style of the shop guy but you might not care so much for it. Remember one man's gold is another man's garbage.
  15. Pinched barbs on 20s

    Echo what scel said. Especially in cold water when your hands become useless bats. Really tough taking small flies out that still have their barbs.
  16. Pinched barbs on 20s

    I always pinch, even the small ones.
  17. Pinched barbs on 20s

    It was only a couple years ago that I was finally convinced to go 100% barbless. It is not that sz20 does notable damage to the fish, but sz20 are already hard enough to locate (which causes stress to the fish) and remove without ruining the fly. If I am up for the challenge of casting a sz20, I can probably accept the additional challenge of barbless.
  18. Pinched barbs on 20s

    Welcome to FFF. Good point. I would try barbless, but also break that small.
  19. Out casting dry 20s the other night around 8:30 on the Crow (for me really nothing more fun than 20” fish on size 20 dries on that river and there’s been some fun this summer) and as I was tying a new fly on I went to pinch the barb and gave up in the smoky low light. Had to get my lamp out to do it which took more precious time so I asked my buddy if he always pinched the barb on 20s. Casting to 18” + fish I’m not sure the barb on a hook that small is much harm. I usually do it anyway b/c I just like to follow the rules (usually in daylight right after purchasing). But got me thinking should it be optional on smaller hooks especially 20s? End up breaking some when I pinch them. On the other hand some of these fish are caught many times a season so maybe that tiny barb does take a cumulative toll even on a small hook? They are beautiful healthy fish (especially browns seeing many more big browns this year) and I certainly want them to stay that way. Like to hear from anyone your honest practice and knowledgeable input...
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  21. Spey Swivel?

    I’ve never had any twist to the point where I’d be annoyed enough to wonder if there was a fix for it or if I was just doing something wrong....
  22. Spey Swivel?

    I'm just in the process of putting together my first Spey setup and have seen some "Spey swivels" online that attach between the head and running line to help prevent twist. Does anyone actually use these? and are they actually necessary? I've got an Airflo Skagit Compact head and Airflo Super Dri running line if that makes a difference. Thanks for any insight.
  23. Bow River Shampoo

    If you have one, park your car on your lawn and wash it there. The soap won't hurt the grass and if the lawn is more than a couple of years old the sod will be thick enough to handle your vehicle. I wash my GMC 1500 this way and have never hurt the lawn nor have I ever put the soapy water down a storm drain doing this.
  24. Bow River Shampoo

    Looks like a lot more than just one washed car
  25. Bow River Shampoo

    Yeah in a coin or automatic car wash the effluent goes into the sanitary sewer, then treated. My neighbor had the big bucket of soapy water and the sponge there was literally foam three inches deep on his shiny metal box. All running down the driveway then down to the corner storm sewer which is about 2m away from the Elbow.
  26. Bow River Shampoo

    A car wash? lol. Pretty sure if you want to wash your car on your driveway you can't use soap. For washing other things I guess you could use environmentally friendly soaps.
  27. This would be my #2 recommendation also excellent tires.
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