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Old 07-02-2015   #1
 
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Best all around raft for fishing and rafting

I am looking at getting a new raft and would like to use it for fishing as well as whitewater. Looking at the Aire 143R with the bighorn frame (Not sure if it is convertible to fish) and curious as to what you guys think. I live in central Idaho so would spend my time fishing the Southfork of the Boise and rafting the Payette or hells canyon. This may have already been addressed in a thread and if so, if you could forward the link that would be great!

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I am looking at getting a new raft and would like to use it for fishing as well as whitewater. Looking at the Aire 143R with the bighorn frame (Not sure if it is convertible to fish) and curious as to what you guys think. I live in central Idaho so would spend my time fishing the Southfork of the Boise and rafting the Payette or hells canyon. This may have already been addressed in a thread and if so, if you could forward the link that would be great!

If fishing is your primary focus and money is no object, it is hard to go wrong with Streamtech stuff. Boat is made by Maravia for them.

Stream Tech Drift Boats- Fishing boats, whitewater rafting boats, Stream Tech, Fly Fishing boats

If you are going to go with the Aire I would actually get a 143D and (my personal preference) the Salmon River frame with the fishing extensions made by Cambridge Welding. Would probably come out considerably cheaper than the Streamtech setup.
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look at the raft porn thread and go from there, lots of ideas and pics. Welcome to the buzz
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The stream techs are sweet boats but unfortunately money is a consideration. I was thinking of the 143R due to the fact that I want to take my family of 4 down hells canyon and I was thinking that the R by have a bit more room but it is certainly something to check out. I will take a look at that salmon river frame as well as some raft porn. Thanks!
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The stream techs are sweet boats but unfortunately money is a consideration. I was thinking of the 143R due to the fact that I want to take my family of 4 down hells canyon and I was thinking that the R by have a bit more room but it is certainly something to check out. I will take a look at that salmon river frame as well as some raft porn. Thanks!

I have a 156R and love it, but for fishing on rivers like the South Fork Boise the "D" will be a little more nimble. BTW, I cannot find any current references to the fishing extensions for the Salmon river Frame...Maybe Cy isn't making them anymore?
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...I was thinking of the 143R due to the fact that I want to take my family of 4 down hells canyon...
Aire does say the R series is their most stable, so that may be a point on the family rafting side (the D series -- nimble -- may have a point on the fishing side).
But HOW MUCH more stable is the R series??? Thoughts?
(Also, I think it is the D series that would have a bit more interior room.)
(Just another also: A 14' raft is great for two on a multi-day, okay with 3; 4?? Thoughts?)
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Aire does say the R series is their most stable, so that may be a point on the family rafting side (the D series -- nimble -- may have a point on the fishing side).
But HOW MUCH more stable is the R series??? Thoughts?
(Also, I think it is the D series that would have a bit more interior room.)
(Just another also: A 14' raft is great for two on a multi-day, okay with 3; 4?? Thoughts?)
All great questions. Looking at the R and D side by side (online), it just looks to me like the R has more floor space.

I agree that it will be cramped on a multi day trip with 4 but my boys are still pretty young and don't take up too much space. If we go, I would have to rent some space on another boat for either some gear, or one of my boys.
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I love these kind of questions. It's like asking what the best truck is.

You are correct that there are A LOT of threads regarding this topic. If you do a search you won't have to count on others to send you links.

Have you considered a CAT. By far they are more versatile if you plan to fish a lot.
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I love these kind of questions. It's like asking what the best truck is.

You are correct that there are A LOT of threads regarding this topic. If you do a search you won't have to count on others to send you links.

Have you considered a CAT. By far they are more versatile if you plan to fish a lot.
I guess if I was asking if I should get an aire, Maravia or Sotar, that would be "like asking what the best truck is". This is more like asking if I should get the ford F-150 or the F-250, 2 door or 4 door.

Search returned a bunch of stuff not specific and requires a lot of parsing which I am not opposed to, but was hoping that someone had a specific link. Mainly just wanted to get others perspective. Figured that those that wanted to respond would and those that didn't want to respond due to this be a redundant topic would just pass it on by.

In regards to the CAT, probably something I should put a little thought into.

Thanks!
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Love the drop stitch floor of the Maravia for fishing. Bigger tube sizes and higher rocker give a better place to brace yourself. I do not like cats for fishing at all. My taste, but the first time you drop your fly box and it lands safely in your raft instead of floating away with $300 worth of flies you will be happy. Not saying that with a full floor and fishing type frame with lean bars it wouldn't work but.....try taking a family of 4 on it too.
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