LAKE TANEYCOMO – PART 2   1 comment


The strange shaped boat floats high on the water and moves silently down river from Table Rock Dam.  This part of the White River is Lake Taneycomo as it flows through the downtown area of Branson, MO.

While attending the fall conference of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers, the lake and its famous trout lured me away for a few hours.  I walked along the shore looking for bank fishing locations in the “trophy area.”  It was during this time that the strange boat floated past.

Perhaps strange is a misnomer since if you fish out west, chances are that you have seen many of these “drift boats”.  It is just that here in Missouri they are not common sights.

Although designed on the basic form of a Banks Dory from the east coast, Drift Boats were adopted by west coast anglers for use in the rocky whitewater rivers of Washington and Oregon.  They work well in spring to ply the trout waters of the south and Midwest.

A drift boat is different in that the water flows from stern to bow.  The stern (or transom) acts as the bow or keel does on any other watercraft.  The bottom is flat and rigid.  The flow of water under the boat lifts it upward keeping the drag to a minimum.

The sharp angled chines of a drift boat add to its control.  It compares to the sharp edges of a ski or snowboard.  They are a must for control of the boat.

This first view of a real drift boat was a bit of a surprise.  The craft is 16 feet in length and 78-inches wide.  The sides taper in toward the bottom which is 55 inches wide.  The sides are two feet high making it stand out in comparison to the bass and Jon boats that others use every day on the river.  The total weight of the boat is about 300 pounds.

A side anchoring cleat allows for the rower to move the anchor up and down as needed.  That is right it requires a rower.  The boat is built for one person to row while one or more others fish.  The rower needs to be in pretty good physical condition to spend a day on the water.

By drifting along and anchoring in various areas, these anglers are able to avail themselves of the trout fishing opportunities of this fine Midwestern trout water.  The need for a lot of rowing is reduced by putting in upstream and flowing with the current to a downstream take out location.


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