It has changed my mindset about fishing.
|It's nice to have a friend with one.|
Now I can (legally) fish all those sections on private land with miles between bridges that are too small for drift boats or rafts. I hope it won't ruin clients' experiences to see a dashing angler floating through what they were told was exclusive (odds are that's when I'll get a windknot, so that water will probably remain relatively virgin...). It takes awfully small water to be too small, and nothing is too big. It can apparently handle Class IV rapids, although mine won't see that kind of action.
Water Masters are easy to row, even for novices. I read a review by an outfitter who said he puts greenhorns in them everyday. And learning to row has increased my overall confidence on the river. I no longer feel like a feeble 8-year-old who needs an uncle to take him floating. I've finally grown up.
|Yee-haw. Photo courtesy Will Jordan.|
These boats are recommended if you can afford it (even better if you can talk a buddy into getting one). Outcast makes a similar model as does Scadden and Water Strider and probably other companies. They appear on Craigslist from time to time if you are looking for a discount. I've never rowed a pontoon-style personal watercraft, but most of the reviews I've seen rank the Water Master slightly higher for a variety of reasons (portability being the most obvious).
So hopefully (for selfish reasons) you won't see much of me this summer. I'll be where riff-raff like me rarely gains access, slinging hoppers and throwing streamers at cutoff banks. Cuz things done changed.