The Rogue is a hybrid power and drift boat that performs almost as well as an all out Western drift boat when drifting downstream, dodging boulders, maneuveriung so that it will always point downstream correctly. If you are purchasing plans that you will be downloading in electronic format, you will NOT be emailed the plans. If you are purchasing printed plans that you expect shipped to you, use the appropriate button below. Check out this blog post: What Comes With Your Plans and What's the Difference Between E-Plans and Printed Plans?
If you wish to receive printed plans, or wish to pay by check, money order or credit card by mail, phone or FAX, just download the pdf order form and price list by clicking on the image below. Western style drift boats, also known as McKenzie River drift boats, are the original, classic style, developed for wild river travel and fishing. Please Note: Our river trips take place in the wonderfully unpredictable natural environment. Our trip starts near Grants Pass, Oregon at the Galice Resort, located along the banks of the Rogue River.
Our day on the water ends in the late afternoon when we pull over in the middle of Big Windy Canyon at our first wilderness lodge. After a restful night’s sleep, we wake early to coffee, tea, and a filling breakfast. It is late June when my son Robert and I meet Al Bukowsky below Dagger Falls on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Anchored by a stern rope to an exposed pine root, it glows with Sapeli Mahogany—a swirling African hardwood that captures the early morning light in a spectrum of gold, orange, walnut and ebony. Standing in the square stern and framed between the forested hills and moving water, Bukowsky is the first to admit the Middle Fork’s whitewater offers little room for error.
What drift boats lack in structural strength, they compensate for in buoyancy and maneuverability. The first wooden boats to run the Middle Fork date back to the summer of 1926 when Payette businessman and photographer Henry Weidner, his son Wes, rancher Harold Mallet and friend and prospector Roy Herrington launched two canoes into Bear Valley’s Marsh Creek. Cort Conley and Johnny Carrey’s excellent book, “The Middle fork, A Guide,” details how legendary Utah River Guide Bus Hatch and his brother-in-law Royce “Cap” Mowrey followed nine years later.
Drift boats appeared on the Middle Fork in July of 1939 when McKenzie boat builder Woodie Hindman and his wife Ruth launched into Marsh Creek above Dagger Falls.
When the Hindmans belayed their drift boat down Dagger Falls neither knew what lay around the next bend. In the first mile Al rows Robert into the shadow of a towering cliff that plummets down a smooth variegated granite wall into the clear water. Robert has fished since he was three, young enough and long enough that his fly rod communicates fluency to his floating line. While Al holds the drift boat in an eddy, Robert lays a foam bodied Club Sandwich on the foam line next to cliff. Searching the fly box that lies open on the brilliant forward deck for a Jack Cabe, (a fly so deadly it can neither be photographed, compared or described in print) I’m struck by Bukowsky’s skill as a boat builder. Only a guide who has feathered a drift boat around rocks or scraped over a basalt ledge realizes that wood is neither durable, nor forgiving. Pulling on the oars to slip past a granite boulder, Bukowsky tells us about a retiring Middle Fork outfitter who sank a drift boat on his final commercial trip.
Clients cannot help but notice Bukowsky’s rolling gait and the tortured Redwing boot cinched over his right foot.


While Al and the other guides set up the kitchen and start the fire for Solitude’s world famous “Middle Fork Fried Chicken,” Robert and I claim a tent then start to climb through the waist high grass toward a peak that rises above camp. Days on the Middle Fork slip between brilliant vistas, raging white water and a captivating history. Robert fills his first three days with fishing then joins six other guests in the paddle raft.
When one is able to laugh at themself first, then life will become much more humorous and enjoyable!
The boat's still in great shape and I have added some nice accessories, but I do plan on purchasing a new or newer one in the not too distant future. I have owned 5 Drift Boats in my 35 years of rowing, and my favorite one of all is my current DB (other was my vote)!! 2013 Smokercraft Pro Lodge 160,40 EFI Merc,Honda Classic 8 hp kicker,Minkota 50 bow mount, Garmin Electronics.
Photo shot the river bank at the Snake River KOA, 12 miles south of Jackson, Wyoming, September 18, 2007. The McKenzie dory or Rogue River dory also called by many a Drift Boat is an evolution of the open-water dory, converted for use in rivers. This boat also has the advantage of being able to mount an outboard engine to easily power upstream when needed. They're not enough information for you to build the boat, but they do give you the overall boat size, shape and construction methods.
With their extensive rocker and high sides, Western style drift boats are optimized for the wildest whitewater.
Because of this our itineraries are always flexible to accommodate water levels, weather, and our guest’s needs and interests.
Black Bar is a rustic lodge that is only accessible by boat or small plane - it is simple yet comfortable and brimming with pioneer history.
As we fish we will pass the beautiful Kelsey Creek, Battle Bar with its rich Native American history, and Zane Grey’s historic cabin. The owners Pat and Lori will make you feel right at home and cook a huge country style dinner. Mule Creek Canyon is one of the most unique canyons in the world, and for many it the highlight of the trip.
We will fish hard in the morning and reach the end of our river trip in the early afternoon.
Silhouetted against the water’s glare, the owner of Solitude River Trips is outfitted in a pressed Orvis shirt, fresh khaki pants and a weathered felt hat. He was eighteen, a year younger than Robert when he launched a McKenzie boat into Oregon’s Deschutes, a couple of years older when he challenged the Rogue.
Surrounded by Idaho’s enormous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, this combination of white water, wildlife clean campsites, sheep eater pictographs and dramatic vistas make this one of the Northwest’s premier float trips. The design is characterized by a wide, flat bottom, flared sides, a narrow, flat bow, and a pointed stern. It would also make an exceptional surf crasher or small foul weather offshore boat for coastal sea or large lake conditions in bad weather. After completing the purchase and having your payment accepted, use the Return to Spira International link to take you to a secure page on the Spira International site where you may download the plans and instructions. The lodge offers comfortable cabins with linens, beds, and private bathrooms with hot showers.


Lunch on day two may offer a good time to practice (or learn) to fly cast as the food is being set out. The evening offers a good opportunity to try fly tying (or just relax by the fire with a drink). You then either load up in our van to make the drive back over beautiful Bear Camp road to Galice Resort or make the short half hour trip to the Oregon coast to continue your vacation.
He appears to be in his late fifties, has a fine sense of humor and possesses an encyclopedic knowledge about the Middle Fork’s history, fauna and geology. The last of the big three are the Hoppers, which commence around the third week in July and continue through mid October.
For the next six days we spend mornings casting to Cuts, running rapids and photographing the river, cliffs and tributary streams.
The high rocker makes them ultra maneuverable in wild water where you only row to keep yourself pointed downstream.
After loading our gear and ourselves into the boats we push off and head into the Rogue River Canyon. Evenings at the lodge are spent relaxing on the deck with a glass of wine or beer, fishing at the river’s edge, hiking to side creeks, or enjoying the peace and quiet of a deck chair and a good book.
I have no way of knowing whether my youngest son will thrive in the Academy’s intense physical and educational curriculum. We will be notified of your purchase, but are not informed if you completed the download of your plans or not. If you fish fast moving mountain rivers, rarely going ashore, and don't plan on going back upstream, pick a Western style drift boat. For four days we will float and fish the Rogue as it cuts through the remote and wild Siskiyou Mountain Range.
Hors d-oeuvres and wine will be served on the deck while we prepare a fresh and filling dinner for all. It is still an impressive rapid but with the proper guiding it is enjoyed by generations of friends and family. And when Woodie and Ruth finally reached the Salmon they described a river that pumped through the wild heart of the Northern Rockies. I have no hope of keeping up with my nineteen-year-old son and as the rolling hills give way to scree slides, Robert leaves me behind. It is this constant rocker that allows the boat to spin about its center for ease in maneuvering in rapids.
If, for some reason, you cannot download the plans immediately after completing the transaction, e-mail us and we'll make sure you receive the approprite link to download your plans. The canyon is home to abundant wildlife including bear, river otter, dear, bald eagles, and osprey.
Day 3 includes some of the best fishing and we will also has some of the best opportunities to see Black Bear.
The evening will be capped off with dessert and views of a night sky filled with stars and free of any light pollution.



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