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Dragonfly with delux River Boat Works frame

Nice craftmanship on this frame from River Boat Works. Also RBW has been instrumental in getting us to put upswept drop stitch floors in these boats so fishermen can stand further out toward the end of the raft on the drop stitch floor. Have a look at the cutaway so you can see what we mean. With this system, there is no need for a diamond plate floor to stand on, so the whole thing will weigh less. Also because the floor is raised up inside, the boat tracks well and drafts less, making our rafts the fastest boats on the water. Have a look at the general boat construction idea, and see if you agree with the concept.



Fast Eddie 11 ft 2 man raft built for fly fishing in California

Read more about Fast Eddie and see more pics at this web page. Fast eddie is an asymetrical raft built for 2 people.



Fly Fishing Expedition
The Cutthroat 2 is an excellent boat for expeditionary fishing trips. This narrow boat can squeeze down between the rocks when the water is low, and the fishing is good, and still take function as the trip support boat. In this photo, the boat has 80-qt cooler, fire pan, porta poty, and Paco Pads and bags. It was carrying all the kitchen supplies, beer, and food, plus 3 people's camping gear.

Often during low water in the late summer, the crowds have disappeared. Note how much gear one person can take. This was a late summer trip on the Arkansas River at 350 cfs. We did not see another trip on the river for 3 days.


Fly Fishing Equiment for Serious Fly fishermen
The 10 ft Water Readyfly fishing equipment system has fly fishing pontoons 10 ft long and 19 inches in diameter. It uses a small cataraft frame. This system is for fly fishing enthusiasts who want to have a personal fly fishing boat that can carry extra cargo. For example if needed for an overnight or extended trip. The solid deck for standing casting and retrieving fish is a popular feature of this craft. Note the stability that the fly fisherman has. These fishing pontoon boats will float a fisherman over very shallow water where dories can not go. It is designed for river fishing, however a trolling motor can easily be added to the standard motor mount for fly fishing on lakes. The tubes are manufactured by Jack's Plastic Welding, and Water Ready manufactures the frames. Water Ready is located in the heart of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in the lower 48 states where fly fishing equipment really takes a beating.

Visit Water Ready's web site for more fly fishing pontoon boat styles. www.waterready.com


Dragonfly Carries 3 on Fishing Trip
We needed some photographs of the Dragonfly in action as a fly fishing boat. We had this great Down River Equipment frame and I needed to visit some dealers in Montana so I headed up there on October 15 2004. We did not kill them, but we didn’t get skunked either. This system has a great anchor system, and even with 3 people and gear it is extremely light and fast on the water. The drop stitch inflatable floor is recessed inside of the main tubes 2.5 inches. The combination of that recessed floor, the tapered tubes, and the low angle of kick, gives this boat a fast hull speed. See the boat specification chart if you are interested in this or our other new 15.5 ft design with 22 inch tubes.


Our Boat Specification Table has pictures and drawings with dimensioned part locations. Cataraft Draft Vs Load will tell you how much weight you can expect to put on a set of tubes and how deep in the water it will sink. Customized tube styles and prices can be seen by following this link. If you do not see what you want or can use in the standard product list, this link will give you a place to find the cost of extra length, extra baffles, double bottoms, and top chafe as well as D-rings, and handles.


Note water ready has terminated its opperations. If you would like something like this design, let us know, we will see what we can do to get features like the ones you see here.

Water Ready 13 & 14 foot 2 Person Fishing Cats
These fishing catarafts are the right boat to have, if you want to take a friend or a spouse fishing with you. Leave one frame behind and operate it solo if you like to go alone. Take both frames and there is enough room for 2 or more. Extra tube length means extra capacity. This boat is suitable for white water because of its long waterline, and wide stance. We recommend 8 ft oars. This boat is designed for river fishing. The boat in this picture is 13 ft long, but is offered in lengths up to 16 ft, with capacity for 3 fishermen if another pod is added to the frame configuration. The tubes are manufactured by Jack's Plastic Welding, and Water Ready manufactures the frames. Water Ready is located in the heart of the best salmon and steelhead fishing in the lower 48 states. Visit their web site www.waterready.com.

 

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