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Tips & Tactics: Do’s and don’ts of launching your watercraft

There are times when I’ve been out fishing with friends and guides and had wondered about rather questionable watercraft launching techniques and places.  Many guides tell hilarious stories of boat ramp fiascos, like this instant classic video of a failed attempt to load a jet ski at a boat ramp.

I once actually saw a dude carrying a large NRS inflatable raft across a 4-lane highway and another rowing a canoe through a culvert a few feet wider than the boat into an inaccessible pond. These are just a few things that I’ve seen or done that make me question safety and sanity. Sometimes a piece of water doesn’t allow the best access and you have to make do with what you’ve got.

And then there’s the Slide Hole on the Umpqua River near Elkton, OR.  Sometimes you just have to take the boat by the horns and ride it out.  In flip-flops!

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