New NRS Raft on its way!

In Equipment, Flyfishing by rge1960

For the 2015 fishing season I have purchased the new Outlaw raft by NRS in the 13′ configuration and a complete NRS rowing frame. I have never owned my own raft or drift boat before so this is a big step for the Troutchaser clan.

Until now the majority of our fishing outings in the past 20+ years have been walk and wade days on the premier cutthroat streams of Alberta and Southeastern British Columbia with the occasional drift on the Bow River with friends who own drift boats or using my one man pontoon boat.   Now I find myself looking for that next adventure while not merging with the crowds and the best way to get away from the people is to drift.  I looked at drift boats but they were not suitable for the BC waters that I wanted to float.  Rivers like the Bull, St. Mary’s, White and the Kootenay in BC and the Castle, lower Oldman and the Bow in Alberta.  A raft is suitable on all of these waters because of its low draft and its ability to work well in boulder strewn runs (an inflatable raft can be bumpered gently off of rock walls and boulders).

There is enough room in a 13′ raft for 3 adults and gear for an over night float.  There is room in the frame for a cooler up front and a dry box behind the rower’s seat plus camping gear in dry bags along the sides.  I outfitted the raft with the anchor system, casting platforms front and back and two 9′ oars and one 2 piece 9′ oar as a spare.

We are excited to get the raft in the water and to test out the newest raft in the NRS stable.  Stay tuned for an on the water review…..

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