Originally Posted by DoStep
It might be time to define the term 'expert'...
True dat - some folks say expert is running class V gnar, others say wind and current - I say the hardest, most technical rowing is for fishermen... Expert is what you make of it and OB1 already acknowledged it might not have been the best term, but it seems to be the focus.
Each set up obviously has it's advantages for different uses. I don't run class V - I have no desire too, my adrenaline junkie days are long over (Sorry BB). Outside of serious water P&C are a pain in the ass - period. I've spent many thousands of hours rowing fishermen, usually tight to the bank, through rock gardens, down side channels in water barely deep enough to float the boat and non fixed blades are the only way to do it, especially to do it well. You just cannot have the finesse to slid a boat sideways, row in super skinny water or keep the boat parallel to the fishable water with a fixed system. Sure you can get down the river but you'll be turning back and forth throwing your casters all over the place. To effectively row for fishermen, you really need to run a non fixed system - open locks, or I'm sure pro-locks would work great (that's who developed them, fishermen).
Expert, pro, whatever is a completely relative and basically useless term for this discussion.
I'm sure any of the "class V" brohiem's could smoke my ass on big water - but I challenge any of them to follow me down the upper Madison during a Salmon hatch - we'll find out whether your an "expert" or not.