I learned to raft with a 10 ft. Outcast PAC 1000 fishing cat. Started running Alpine Canyon/Split Mountain/Green River etc. in that little cat and it was a blast. But after I started doing multi-day trips, and after I crashed & burned in Moonshine rapid at high water, I decided to get a "real" cataraft. I still have my Outcast. It's perfect for fishing on the Green below Flaming Gorge, and can handle a weekend trip if you go backpacker style. It has tubes made by Aire, with Leafield valves, and the frame is sturdy with real oar towers. I use Cataract Mini-Magnum oars on mine. We saw a herd of these on the Middle Fork a few years ago (with raft support). We talked to them at the take-out and they said they had a great time, but they had all flipped at least once during the week.I did a fall season Middle Fork trip (@1.69cfs) and one of the guys had a 2 person fishing cat (Bucks Bags, maybe) that had been modified to use real oars and a plywood deck in back to attach gear. I think it's capacity was 600 or 700 pounds. It was the best rig for the river, at those low flows. The 16 foot rafts were hung up all the time, and my kayak is too small to carry (enough) beer.
I've been looking for one on CL, found a couple, but the fisherfolks are (apparently) really proud of them, and want a grand or two for 'em, geez! Figured it would be great for a solo tripper boat - light enough to drag through the shallows, with enough room to bring beer.
Scadden is really pushing it though to claim that his raft is hugely popular with the recreational whitewater community!
I've never seen one of his rafts or fishing cats around here, but I'd like to run one of those little 9 foot fishing cats down the Main Payette just for shits and giggles as long as I wasn't responsible for any breakage!
Old Dave does have a way with words doesn't he, you have to give the guy credit for coming up with some propaganda and crazy wording. After he is done talking I feel all greasy like I need a shower and want to buy one at the same time. And how can you not trust someone who always dresses like Johnny Cash!My post was about the hilarious commentary, not the boats. The boats are what they are. The commentary is another animal entirely!
This is not a scadden boats thread, it is a Dave Scadden commentary thread!
You should see him in person. The dude is an impressive salesman. That's why I thought it was wise not to engage him in a discussion about his products. I knew that was one battle I would never win.Old Dave does have a way with words doesn't he, you have to give the guy credit for coming up with some propaganda and crazy wording. After he is done talking I feel all greasy like I need a shower and want to buy one at the same time. And how can you not trust someone who always dresses like Johnny Cash!