Floating and Camping

“Plan for the unexpected and the unexpected will not occur.”


Packing your raft

  • Pack your gear low and tight-although the Beverly Hillbillies perfected the art, they did not have to float under tree branches.
  • Pack your gear snug to the raft as fishermen tend to grab onto gear to get in and out.
  • Is your saw and knife accessible for cutting tree branches blocking the river or removing straps on gear in an emergency.
  • Pack your gear so it can come off in an organized manner. In the event of a downed tree or blocked braid in the river you may need to climb in or out of the raft over your gear and you may need to unload your raft against a sweeper or piled trees. Cam straps in a visible accessible location will assist in removing gear quickly while not risking loss of other gear.
  • Strap your cooler before placing it into the frame.
  • Action Packer: Double wrap with straps to prevent the action packer from opening and items falling in the water. Attach securely to boat/frame, not to other items in the boat.
  • Strap your satellite phone to the frame and accessible to easy removal.
  • Raise your gear 6″ above the bottom of the raft using the cargo sling to prevent damage to the bottom of the raft while keeping your gear “high and dry”

Floating

  • Get in and out of your raft on the upstream side
  • Protect unused fishing rods while fishing from the raft to reduce broken rods/tip
  • Most accidents happen getting into and out of the raft
  • Stop and scout blind corners in braided sections. Take your time grab your rod catch a few fish! Be ready to jump off and beach the raft at any time.
  • Anticipate raft separation:
    • Pack a radio some food water matches and personal gear with a tent in each raft
    • Pre determine a time to check in on the radios if you are separated- predetermine a rough time to set up camp before you leave in the AM or adjust your time at lunch
    • Braided channels might braid again and again and might be blocked and might simply run out of water. Stay together, take your time, use the radios.
  • Respect the Wildlife- Quiet rafters see more animals, noisy fishermen see fewer animals

Camping

  • Campsite selection: Choose an open campsite composed of small to medium gravel. Avoid dirt sand or mud beaches because the sand sticks to everything! Your gear, tent, waders etc.
  • The open location also provides safety from wildlife. Being in the open warns them of your presence and generally causes them to avoid the area.

  • Thick sleeping pads provide more camping options. These options may be less buggy, less susceptible to rising water and less likely to have undesired animals wander into camp.
  • Our tents poles are not attached at all locations at the door side of the tent because we feel they function better with less pressure on the zippers
  • Our tent stakes are experienced-we provide extra stakes but the rocks are not very kind to the stakes. They may not be pretty but they work.

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