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A brief summary of chapters 1 through 5 in “Drift Boats and River Do- ries” used with permission of the author, Robert L. Fletcher.

Flat bottom rowboats of limited freeboard were the first boats to be

used by serious fisherman on the McKenzie. Rowing in a river current, however, is quite different than rowing on lake or other flat water.

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Dallas Murphy and Hal Richards in the old scow (circa 1917), a heavily timbered rowboat used on the McKenzie from the late 1800s through the 1920s

limited freeboard required the guide to ceaselessly work the oars. Though they loved their work, the end of the day brought welcome

relief. The John West Boat John West began guiding on the McKenzie in 1920 at age 19. West

used the old scow boat type. He said of it, “You’d pull your arms off and not accomplish much!” West also complained that he was bailing

McKenzie Station

Eddies of Evolution on the McKenzie The Early McKenzie River “Old Scow”

Boatmen soon discovered that it was prudent to row against the cur- rent. This slowed the boat’s descent down the river. Oarsmen learned how to move the boat laterally across the current to avoid heavy rapids, rocks, downed trees and other obstacles. Among some guides the boat became known as the old scow was a flat-bottom, planked, rowboat 18 to 22-feet in length and about 3-feet wide on the bottom amidships. The boat revealed considerable flare, and showed nominal rocker fore to aft, except for a slight upwardrake under the bow. Vertical freeboard approximated 14 . The boat’s strakes were planked or lapped, and frames were local material such as, Douglas fir, spruce, and cedar. These boats served their guides well, but they were troublesome in white water and their weight and

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