- Mar 31, 2009
- coos bay, oregon
which one would be best for bay fishing, river and lakes?
Really, you backtroll a 'yak! That would certainly be something to learn! I have a little Dagger, and it has a side mount for my rod holder, so I might have to fiddle around and get used to back paddlin that little guy. I have lost air pressure completely on two occasions, and the one full bladder held me, and all my crap up just fine. Had to straddle the one good side, and used the disconnectable blade of my oar to paddle back...but it worked out. And one time I was out on Lake Merwin. I got towed out by a buds little craft, and started to troll around and got into a pod of fish. Hours went by, and I lost track of time, and my fishing party. Full stringer over the side, and straddled the 'toon, once again! But this time I didn't even try to paddle back. I just let the wind blow me towords the groups of boats, and gave a guy a dozen proven killer, dodger rigs, and a bunch of wedding rings to tow me back to the launch! But both occasions were pretty abrupt losses of pressure. Both times it was a valve failure. Where the bladder connects to the cover, at the valve. But air loss from the temperature coolin off, or elevation changes, or slow leaks are much easier to manage. Even on a river you have enough time to asess the situation, and bank it if necessary, or just quit fishin, and float down to the take out, before you lose too much air. Osmosis just got a new carpet, and his has two bladders per 'toon I believe. So it is ready to get abused! And evenif one whole bladder goes down, it would still float you just fine. My next 'toon has a custom frame in its infancy stage as we speak, and I looked into having 9'6" toons built, with dual bladders. The toons will only cost 175 per side. So for the money I would want something ready to hit the Upper Clack's class III's! But I guess thats why I got that little Dagger... Ya know... You really can't have enough fishin/boating related crap can you!:lol: