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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #1
Steamboat Springs, Colorado
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Drift boat through Pinball

Hey Buzzards,
I'm a rafter, but a buddy of mine just bought a drift boat and we're contemplating a fishing run on the Upper C from about Derby Junction down toward Red Dirt. Is there still access to the river at Derby Junction below Rodeo and any thoughts on getting a drift boat through Pinball? We're both experienced raftsmen, but kinda new to rowing the drift boat...Thanks!

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Old 3 Weeks Ago   #2
summit, Colorado
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I believe you can still launch a boat at Derby, but you have to pay the landowner to do it. I'm not sure who the landowner is, but you can call Jack with Confluence Casting (ConfluenceCasting2016a - Page: 4 of 18) - I'm sure he knows the details. If you're new to rowing a drift boat, do NOT take it thru Rodeo. It can and has been done, but the only guys I know that have done it have thousands of river miles in their driftboats.

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I went through Pinball two weekends ago in a raft (fully loaded for overnighter) and got hung up on some rocks. It would be really hard to get a clean line through at this water level but I also have only run it a few times. Don't think I would want to try it with hard boat if it were mine.
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