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paul worsterberg of the deplacements  
#11 Posted : Thursday, July 7, 2016 10:47:14 AM(UTC)
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DanE--you are the man. thanks for all the info...i'll be watching the flows.
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#12 Posted : Thursday, July 7, 2016 11:57:34 AM(UTC)
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paul worsterberg of the deplacements wrote:
DanE--you are the man. thanks for all the info...i'll be watching the flows.


No problem, glad to help!
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#13 Posted : Thursday, July 7, 2016 4:34:08 PM(UTC)
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Doing it this weekend - I'll let you know how it goes. Looks like a great weather forecast.
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#14 Posted : Thursday, July 7, 2016 5:13:16 PM(UTC)
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Thanks for the info DanE.

I just bought a Pungo 120 this past May. It's a 12 foot sit-inside kayak and is very stable. I can fly cast from it just fine, and while I think the sit on tops are very cool boats, I felt like the wind pushed me around more than usual.

I think most rental places that I've seen give out Old Town Otters or something similar, which I believe are very stable although they may not track/move as well as a 12 footer or a solo canoe. I think if I were going to rent for a day/night from a place, I'd take a canoe.
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#15 Posted : Friday, July 8, 2016 7:58:10 PM(UTC)
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DanE wrote:
Ctrl_Alt_Dlt wrote:
St. Croix River is another great place for a drift boat for small mouths, northerns and muskies. Just got back from a 3 day canoe trip, but was baitcasting. Saw two drift boats with fly anglers.


Hmm, that sounds interesting. Any good day trip sections up there?


I floated the St. Croix on a drift boat a couple weeks ago near Osceola. The section was a little over three miles and it took around eight hours to fish, but we'd anchor down occasionally around prime smallie habitat or if we saw fish crashing, and even rowed back upstream once. It could probably be done in five or so hours if you kept moving the whole time.

I actually did a little write up about it in my blog here: http://ontheriseoutdoors.com/2016/06/12/st-croix-river-smallmouth-6-11-16/
paul worsterberg of the deplacements  
#16 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 12:27:36 PM(UTC)
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thanks again to everyone who replied.

i floated from area to spring green. took a lot longer than i though and i was beat after. it was a fun time though. funny seeing the constant floating party too.

i think that river is better fished from a drift boat! the 14' yak needed constant steering so i really needed to get out and hike/wade. one scare was me stepping on a sand shelf about 10 feet from the end and it was like i stepped on thin air--i went all the way to my thigh and was able to dive out of it. no bueno.

on the plus side, i caught one of my biggest smallies ever...and def the hardest fighter ever. 17 inch 4 or more lbs on barbless baitfish behing a downed tree.

later!
William Schlafer  
#17 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 12:56:00 PM(UTC)
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paul worsterberg of the deplacements wrote:
thanks again to everyone who replied.

i floated from area to spring green. took a lot longer than i though and i was beat after. it was a fun time though. funny seeing the constant floating party too.

...one scare was me stepping on a sand shelf about 10 feet from the end and it was like i stepped on thin air--i went all the way to my thigh and was able to dive out of it. no bueno.


I drove across the Hwy 14 bridge at Spring Green on Saturday afternoon and it did look like a flotilla of the Wisconsin. Must have been 50 canoes, kayaks and small boats within eyesight of the bridge.

Walking the backside of a sandbar is very dangerous. People drown on that river every year doing that. The drop offs are unexpected and deep and the current is frequently stronger than most assume. Always walk upstream.


-Bill
“You'll never look back on your life and wish you had spent more time in the office." -- Brian Trautman, Captain SV Delos
DanE  
#18 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 1:34:01 PM(UTC)
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Sounds like it was a decent outing. Sorry I forgot to mention the number 1 rule I learned as a kid growing up on the river, Never walk downstream on a sandbar.
paul worsterberg of the deplacements  
#19 Posted : Monday, July 11, 2016 2:10:22 PM(UTC)
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and that is exactly where i was...downstream on a bar. lesson learned!
Dullyouth  
#20 Posted : Thursday, July 14, 2016 10:08:50 AM(UTC)
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Are you Paul Westerberg though?
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