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Looking for someone to give me some instruction on making the Pumphouse run on the Colorado. I have a 13 ft Outcast cataraft but have never run it on anything but still water. PM me if you are interested, we can work out some kind of compensation but I am not interested in paying $600+ the local fishing guides are trying to charge.
 

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You may want to wait a while if its your first time. The water's way up. The fishing hasn't been that good. The water is super murky with the runoff.
Thanks, I see flows have been steadily going up. What do you think would be a reasonable flow rate to learn on, sub 1200cfs?
 

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Looking for someone to give me some instruction on making the Pumphouse run on the Colorado. I have a 13 ft Outcast cataraft but have never run it on anything but still water. PM me if you are interested, we can work out some kind of compensation but I am not interested in paying $600+ the local fishing guides are trying to charge.


Just spend the money and have a pro teach you. Ark Anglers does it for $415 for the day. You will learn how to correctly row the boat for fisherman. Anyone with some experience should be able to show you how to get down the river, but that is a far cry from being able to row for fisherman. Based on your thread title I am guessing that spending a little money now will pay off in the long run, and will save your life. Rowing a boat on the river should not be taken lightly. If you are serious about being on the river you should also know CPR and First Aid, as well as take some swift water courses. You may have to help save someone else without becoming a victim. Lastly remember there two kinds of boaters, those who have flipped, and those who will.
 

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^^ ding ding. I consider myself an excellent rower having run rivers all over the west coast and Rockies, and still every few years I pony up the money and get some one to re-teach me the basics, you can never stop learning. I also got swift water rescue certified.. You should not need to go that far, but to have a small idea on the basics of it, along with first aid and CPR is essential
 

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I agree with the above statements. It's not something you just want to jump into. People are killed every year running these rivers. I'm not trying to discourage you but it can be dangerous. If you want to give it a try wait until July when the levels go down a bit. Also you may want to run the section from Rancho del Rio to State Bridge. The fishing is not as good but is more mellow. Also there are usually more people there should something go wrong. Good luck and tight lines.
 

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I agree that running rivers is not something that should be taken lightly. That being said, i started by buying a boat ( a Inflatable Kayak) and meeting people to boat with and learn from. I think that this is what this person is looking for. Competent people to show them the ropes and take them down a run without getting them in over their head. Once they try it one time they will be hooked... Kinda like crack........ Next thing you know they are looking at sotar rafts with fancy fishing frames and the only friends that are still around are fellow river rats and trout bums...... Then you hit rock bottom and become a rafting or fishing guide...... You will no longer be a contributing member of society.... Just stay on the bank like a good sheep or maggot. Or I will let you row me down the river. The first time is free but after that you pay!
 

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PS I will show you how to set up a z drag and berate you for not wearing a helmet. FYI
 
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