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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-31-2014, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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Yough boat

Im looking at buying a 16' grizzly with a 25hp short shaft. Will I be able to run the Yough when its not super low?

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Re: Yough boat

I grew up fishing that river. No doubt fishing it more decades than you've been on this earth if I had to guess. Firtst logical question would be... which part of the Yough are you planning to "run" ? One you will never be able to run since it's too violent almost all the time for the boat you listed, so it's an assumption on the other two runnable portions. Again, there are variables, time of year being the main one. High flow seasons.... spring of course... sometimes summer, depending, and even fall/winter depending, you'll be ok, BUT, you have to learn the channels. Take 'er slow, learn the channels means know where those obstacles are that are ready to bite your prop, or put the pretzel to your shaft. All in all, I guess the answer is, that boat will suffice if the water is "right", but again, high flow of April is different than low flow of July. I've had to drag a 17' Coleman canoe through places at times. Learn the river.... take it slow.

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Re: Yough boat

I've fished the lower yough from the Mon up to West Newton for 25 years probably. Since I was a boy. If you want to know more about that stretch, PM me. For that stretch, which is probably the deepest stretch, with a short shaft and average flows you can probably get up to the launch at Beuna Vista. There's 3 shallow runs between Coulter and Buena Vista that can give you problems, and between Buena Vista and West Newton there's probably 3-4 more runs that will give you fits.

Like Fleroo said, you need to learn the channel if you want any chance at all. My suggestion....buy a jet prop. I know 3 people that fish it often and all have jet props with flat or semi-v's and they can get almost to Connelsville probably.

All depends where you want to fish, and how far from a given launch you want to make it.

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