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Old 02-19-2013   #21
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I have always like rafts better because when you drop your beer or smokes it is less likely to hit the water.

Sounds like you should try to go hit up the Lochsa on Memorial weekend and row as many cats and such as you can. Had a couple of friends get all loaded on the new design cats from Sotar. Looks fun but I am really a round boater.
Good luck.

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Old 02-19-2013   #22
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Originally Posted by MT4Runner View Post
(Yes, the Lochsa is a western Montana river--it is a springtime suburb of Missoula. har har)
And here is video proof of Missoulians and what they do in Idaho.

The B-52's - Private Idaho (by Karmadoza) - YouTube

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Old 02-26-2013   #23
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We have 2 cats!

Best cat size for Montana??? I say the bigger the better, just make sure you always wear your PFD!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v...ture=endscreen
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Old 02-27-2013   #24
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My only raft is a 15' NRS. I've had it for about 9 years. And have been perfectly happy with it on all multiday and day trips.
Most of the rivers around here are big and flat so it really depends on your purpose.
I'd say get a big boat first then get a play cat next year.
I'm with Avatard on the level of comfort I like.
If I feel like eating freeze dry and drinking whiskey without ice I'll take my kayak or canoe.
Welcome to the neighborhood. I moved from Durango and love it here.
"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 03-06-2013   #25
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Well thanks to everybody for their input. Just got into MT late last month, and pretty much settled in. Was suprised to see the Clark Fork and Blackfoot are ice free, not something I'm used to seeing coming from the CO Rockies. It definitely has me thinking of boating season, seems like it's right around the corner.

On another note, does anyone know of a shop that deals with Jack's Plastic in Montana? I'd be perfectly happy with Aire or Maravia (my next boat has to be USA, unless I buy a great used Avon), but I like the idea of Jack's blunt tubes for less OAL vs. waterline.

And has anyone had any experience with Canyon inflatables? They seem a little out there with their powder coated frames, and nifty spray on rub strakes, but thought I'd ask. If nothing else, it's something to talk about while waiting for run-off.
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Old 03-06-2013   #26
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Sperry to clearwater just the other day
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Old 03-06-2013   #27
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Originally Posted by Billy Goat View Post
Sperry to clearwater just the other day
Fishing decent?
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Old 03-07-2013   #28
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Pretty sure Replay Sports here in Kalispell is a JPW dealer. There is a big 10% off sale in a week.
Tell Rick that Shawn sent you.
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Old 03-07-2013   #29
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We thaw early here, it is the banana belt. Clark Fork is usually runnable except for about a 1 month freeze, maybe longer.

The raft shop in missoula are non existent. Trailhead sells some but stocks very little. One of the fly fishing shops is advertising a big show, so you might check that angle. I think it is the one on N Reserve, somewhere in the vicinity of REI.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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Old 03-13-2013   #30
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Thanks Shawn and Laura, as well as everyone else who weighed in.

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