Tip # 69 – Benefits of Driftboat Fishing
There are many ways to go about your fishing. Probably the most common method is fishing from the bank. Its comfortable, easy and is usually quite productive. Some folks prefer to fish from a canoe. This is another highly effective way of fishing. It puts you in better spots, and you can easily sneak up on these spots with a canoe. One problem faced with fishing in a canoe is that you can’t stand up safely to fish. Fishing from a motor boat is even more popular than fishing from a canoe. With motor boats you have the ability to move very quickly from one spot to another in order to find actively feeding fish. The problem with motor boats is that they can be very difficult to use in a river. Rapids, boulders and log jams are your biggest problem in this situation.
Luckily, there is another way to fish a river. A drift boat is typically a large, broad boat that can easily maneuver through streams. Driftboats generally don’t ride too low in the water, making them ideal for navigating rapids and riffles in streams.
There are many advantages to fishing from a drift boat as well. Most drift boats are built with the fisherman in mind. At the front and back of the drift boat you will usually find standing areas complete with knee braces. These knee braces allow the angler to stand up and lean into them while casting and retrieving. Very beneficial indeed!
Although most people make the assumption that big fish will always be hiding in the deepest holes, alot of the time they are actually pretty close to shore. They like to hang out near structure in slower moving water waiting to ambush prey. With the use of a driftboat, you have the ability to fish not only the deep holes mid stream, but also to cast from the middle of the stream to the bank, then retrieving the fly or lure towards the middle of the stream.
Given the option, do not hesitate to take the opportunity to take a trip in a drift boat to do some fishing!
There are a number of excellent drift boat guides out there that will put you on fish in areas that see little to no pressure at all due to accessibility issues.