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Old 10-09-2015   #1
 
Bozeman, MT
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Looking for a fishing raft

I've been fly fishing for a few years and just completed fly fishing guide school in Colorado. I have roughly 50 hours on the river rowing a 3 person 14 foot raft in guide school. However, I'm looking for a raft which will be mostly used to handle a rower and an angler, maybe two anglers max. What suggestions for brands and size do you recommend? I've been able to get one pro deal in a certain brand and was hoping I could use it to get a raft in my price rangex which would be under 3k. Fishing in colorado.

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Old 10-09-2015   #2
 
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Where are you planning to fish? What are the guides on those stretches of water using? Trailer? Room to store an inflated boat?

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Looking to fish the Colorado, Arkansas, lower blue, and roaring fork. I only have 50 hours on the river so I'm looking to get more hours. I recently bought a forester so my towing capability maxed at 1,500 lbs. I would like to keep it on the trailer when not used but I'm having trouble finding a place to store. I could store a deflated raft in my house for the time being. I think 70% of my fishing will be an angler and myself, but I want to be able to fit an extra person if need be. Since the majority of my rafting will be with two people I'm looking at a 12 or 13, but I wanted to reach out to see what you guys think ?
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Old 10-09-2015   #4
 
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I have a 13' raft myself. It's a nice size for CO because you can go light for day trips with 1 or 2 anglers, but it's big enough to take on multi-day trips. In terms of being able to run rivers in CO at low water, an extra foot probably does not make as much of a difference as the weight of the boat (when loaded up). I've never had a 12'er, but I would imagine the gear space is somewhat limited. That might not matter if you're only interested in day-tripping, but multiday trips are the bizness.
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Old 10-09-2015   #5
 
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Look for used Aire super puma or 13' NRS otter.
do not be too picky, most 13' self baileys make great fishing rigs. Used will save u money for frame and junk. You will have no problem towing one raft and frame with gear....the trailer will be heavier than the boat.

13' or 14' raft is the way to go.. 12' is a little tight
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Old 10-09-2015   #6
 
Bozeman, MT
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I've been looking at rocky Mountain rafts lately. Anyone have feedback on them or how they compare to others?
After doing guide school on the Colorado, it was an eye opener seeing all the camps along the river.
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13' would be perfect- super puma, tributary, RMR

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Hi, I am the Hyside Guide rep for professional guides here in Colorado. I just sent you a message with my contact info. Feel free to give me a call. Jason
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Old 10-09-2015   #9
 
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I've narrowed it down to an hyside 13, rmr 13, and trib 13.

Has anyone rowed the rmr 13 and nrs trib 13? The specs look almost identical, so any feed back would be great.
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I've been looking at rocky Mountain rafts lately. Anyone have feedback on them or how they compare to others?
After doing guide school on the Colorado, it was an eye opener seeing all the camps along the river.
I think they make a much better fishing platform than the otter. With three guys and an anchor, the rocker on an otter makes it pop wheelies. I've spent a lot of time in both.
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