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Old 10-04-2018   #1
 
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Spoons for a drift boat

Would spoon oars be okay used in a drift boat for fly fishing? No whitewater. I know they would be unorthodox. Reason I ask is because I found 4 9.5' foot Shaw and Tenney spoons like new for uber cheap. Could the blades be changed somehow? Maybe cut the blades off and epoxy new blades onto the shafts. Brainstorm folks.

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They will get you down the river fine, but will not work quite as well as straight blades for minor positioning moves to hold the boat where the fish are. I would not hesitate to fish with them. I have been rowing a fishing dory for 30 years if that matters.
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Buy them!

I don't know if they will work well or not, but Shaw and Tenney oars are not cheap!!

I wouldn't hesitate to laminate new blades...totally depends on your woodworking/epoxy skills.

Or hold onto them, sell them for a fair price, and buy some straight-blade S&T oars. At least you're over in the part of the world where people know what those oars are worth.
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I am going to try to meet up with the gentleman that is selling the oars next weekend. He is a five hour drive away so not just a quick jaunt. He says they are brand new. I figure that I will give them a try. If they don't work I will sell them in the late spring.

I could laminate up some blades, but I would have to look at the shafts in order to figure out the method of connecting new blades to the shafts.
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