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nwfisher

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I recently purchased an S14 and am grateful to have a place to come and chat with all you great folks as I get to know my boat. None of us know more than all of us. I'll be fishing out of my boat quite a bit and will be using a plywood floor along the lines of what Hophead mentions in his response to Lloyd's post. Hophead, I would appreciate it if you would give me a little more detail about hinge type and location and the blocks that you use to make your floor rigid. I'd also be interested in ways that any of you fisherpeople have adapted your SOAR to fishing: rod & tackle storage, etc.

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~Ron
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Ron, I'm e-mailing you a note with .jpg file which, hopefully, will explain the floor better. If anybody else wants it just holler.
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Great response Gary. I really appreciate it. Being a newbie I don't have much to give back yet but look forward to doing so as I make discoveries.

~Ron
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Hophead,
I would appreciate a copy of the JPG photo of the floor.
I have a 16 foot Pro Pioneer and have been working on getting it outfitted for hunting and fishing.
Thanks for all your expertise.
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I have been fishing from my SOAR 14 and paddling various rivers - I have broken two fly rod tips this summer and am considering some sort of PVC on the top of both tubes anchored to the boat with D-rings somehow to store fly rods  ... has anyone got a better solution to storing two fly rods?  Thanks, Chris.
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We floated the Gunnison Gorge again this weekend - 4 of us in my SOAR 14 and SOAR Canyon.  After numerous broken fly rods, I think I have a workable solution for transporting fly rods while paddling. Requirements: simple, lightweight, durable.  SOLUTION:  Cut an 8' section of Polycarbonate tubing in half (www.usplastic.com Item # 43110)*, drill 1/4" holes in the tube that holes match up with the holes in the seat (and depends on length of fishing rod and location of seats in boat), use parachute cord to lash the 4' tube to the top of the boat and secure to the holes in the seat so the tube is adjacent to the seat. Paddler/fisherman slides his rod into the tube from his seat strp and with a twist tie down(s) (Nite Ize Reusable Gear Tie) secure the reel end of the rod to the strap that holds the seat in place.  So back paddler slides rod into tube in the front, and front paddler slides rod into tube tied to seat in the back.

This solution helps prevent rods from snapping when a paddler is getting in/out of a SOAR boat and mistakenly puts hand on rod tip and  his weight breaks rod.
Also secures rods easily so rod does not get hung-up in riverside brush...etc.  
During flat sections of river - Easy to have one paddler take-out rod and start fishing - and then replace rod in tube when approaching upcoming rapids...)

* 3/4" or 
1" PVC can work also - but very heavy and when hiking-in prefer to lighten load and the polycarbonate plastic tubing is not expensive and very durable.
Hope this is helpful for others.
Thanks,
Chris Kopf.





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