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PNWguy

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My brother and I bought little personal pontoon boats from Costco back in 2015 for $300 and discovered that they were the cat's meow for river and small lake fishing in good weather.

Our favorite trip is to the Coeur D'Alene River to fish for Cutthroat Trout. We have a buddy with property right on the river and we go upriver about 7 miles and get dropped off and float down all day with coolers full of drinks and snacks.

Most beautiful and relaxing time I have all summer...

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On the other extreme is when we go Kokanee fishing on Dworshak reservoir near Orofino, ID. We have a family cabin down there and dad has a 26' foot Carver with full galley, head, and stateroom.

We head out and troll for hours just drinking and smoking cigars and shooting the breeze. Almost as relaxing as the float trips...

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That's the nice thing about floating the river; you eventually just end up back at camp no matter how tired or drunk you get.
Spent some summers tubing the Chetco River in SW Oregon for about 7 miles... sooo peaceful!

BTW, there used to be "raft races" here on the Grande Ronde River during Memorial Day weekend. It was a drunkfest of both college students and mid-aged alike. Many homemade rafts too. One year the water was very very high with runoff and a drunk college kid drowned... no more raft race. :oops::(
 

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Sweet, kokes are landlocked Sockeye salmon and very fine eating. I never target them but occasionally catch some nice sized ones while trolling for their anadromous cousins in Baker Lk. I used to release them until I killed and ate one. Delicious!
A few lakes in WA have landlock Coho and they taste amazing like the sockey.
Where is that Pac man smilie....:D
 

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My brother and I bought little personal pontoon boats from Costco back in 2015 for $300 and discovered that they were the cat's meow for river and small lake fishing in good weather.

Our favorite trip is to the Coeur D'Alene River to fish for Cutthroat Trout. We have a buddy with property right on the river and we go upriver about 7 miles and get dropped off and float down all day with coolers full of drinks and snacks.

Most beautiful and relaxing time I have all summer...

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On the other extreme is when we go Kokanee fishing on Dworshak reservoir near Orofino, ID. We have a family cabin down there and dad has a 26' foot Carver with full galley, head, and stateroom.

We head out and troll for hours just drinking and smoking cigars and shooting the breeze. Almost as relaxing as the float trips...

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30 years ago I had a drift boat and absolutely loved the solitude of the oars lapping the current & the trickle of the tailouts.
I plan to make Dwarshak my home fishery once we move east of Lewiston.
We are going to make a winter trip this year to scope things out.;)

Hi, my name is Jim and I am a Kokanee addict.....:D:D:D

I'll forego pics since I have a metric ton of em...
 

Caveman Jim

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That's a beautiful area, Caveman. I probably would have settled there myself if it weren't for my wife's job.
Years ago I was doing the fiber optic job in Boise during the Randy Weaver trial. We were working in the tunnels in between the buildings and it got to be a p i t a to get any work done with all the security so we took a week off.
I scrambled up to the Lewiston area and headed east fishing the Clearwater with a friend out of his jet sled.
That's where I'd rather wind up planting myself for the duration of what's left of my time.;)
 
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PNWguy

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Just ordered another pontoon boat for my girlfriend...

Went to the Costco site since I was telling her she should get one for the summer and I wanted to make sure they still had them. Saw that they were on sale for $70 off and now only $259. Figured I could use an extra one even though mine is still going strong after four years... Now they are green, though.

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Pretty neat set-up, are you transporting them inflated or inflate once on site?
 
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PNWguy

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Pretty neat set-up, are you transporting them inflated or inflate once on site?
I have a utility trailer that I use to haul mine, along with my camping stuff. My brother breaks his down and deflates his so it fits in his camper that he tows. Takes about 15 minutes to put it together and inflate it.
 

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