Recently, I was invited out to float the Fox River with Kurt from a Tight Loop magazine and Sean from Rushing Waters. I was pretty excited and nervous at the same time. I was excited, because, I have never fished from a drift boat before, and I was just thinking of all of the knowledge I could gain from these two experienced fly anglers. I was nervous, because, having never been in a drift boat before meant, I didn’t know how to row a drift boat, and I was well aware of the new guy rule when it came to rowing. I should also mention, I was scared of everyone seeing my non-tight looped casting abilities.

The weather looked picture perfect, but man, was that wind howling! There were some storms that passed a few days prior to our float, so, the water levels were up about 2 feet, if I remember correctly. We were all in search of smallies, the occasional pike, and maybe even a surprise musky…but we weren’t holding our breath.
With the high water there were quite a few flooded areas. This is where the carp were all feasting and soaking up the sun, and we even spotted a few pike in spawning mode. We switched our tactics and tried sight fishing for these golden behemoths, but were not able to find any takers.
The fishing was tough, and 1 smallie was boated all day by Kurt. He hooked up with it on a very nice cast underneath a bridge. The smallie was right where it should have been.
All in all it was a great time. There were a bunch of laughs, a few beers, ciders, and doughnuts. Another “THANK YOU” goes out to Kurt and Sean! Thank you, for not making me row on such a windy day, giving me the front of the boat, and teaching me proper drift boat etiquette on poach casting. Haha
I owe you guys big, next time!

12 Replies to “High Water Floating”

  1. I've only been in a drift boat once. Stepped out, slipped, got my foot caught under the boat, and fell into the water. That was in October, want to guess how cold the water was?

  2. I've only floated on a raft, but I can only imagine how much fun it was. Totally different from wading. Don't get addicted.

  3. I have drifted a few times while I lived in Southeast Idaho. Never had to row though. My fishing partners were thankful! They teased me and told me my arms were too short, but, I knew what they meant…………………..

  4. Hmmm…is this a trick question, Mark? Thought there was no water in California….I'm kidding 🙂 I'd say it was around 50/60?

  5. Extremely different from wading, but a ton of fun! Oh, don't worry, Howard. I love wading. I'd sell my kayak to get new waders if it ever came to it. Nothing beats a walk in some water.

  6. Haha lucky us. We'll see if I get another invite this summer. I'm sure I could row, I'm crafty and figure stuff out fairly quick.

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