Have a look at this fly fishing frame from Down River Equipment. This has all the bells and whistles, including a stand up bar in the back, includes anchor system, strip basket on the front, and swivel captains chair. The DragonFly has features that allow it to perform much more like a dory than any other inflatable raft. The raised inflatable drop stitch floor gives both tracking and hull speed to this boat that can not be obtained by any other craft. Drop the anchor, and the boat holds steady in the current. Take a couple of strokes and you are amazed at the acceleration, and the ease that this boat can be held in the current with just a few strokes. The fishermen can stand on the drop stitch floor without the fatigue of hard diamond plate or wood decks. The absence of these decks helps make the system more affordable, light and transportable. It can ride on the top of a car inflated. This whole system weighs in at around 175 lbs. The narrow beam allows the boat to slip down streams that are inaccessible to dories in the later part of the season when the fishing improves. Tubes carry a ten-year warranty.
Our friends Alan, Karen, Audrey, and Rowan are using the Dragonfly as a gear boat on a trip down the San Juan at approximately 300- 800 cfs (on our summer 2004 trip). We had absolutely no trouble because the 6-inch drop stitch floor adds lots of flotation. Please note that the thwarts were removed to allow for more gear. The drop stitch floor pushes out on the false floor to make the false floor very tight, and the thwarts are not necessary for performance as a row rig. The frame is the Down River Equipment Fly fishing frame that is shown elsewhere in this section of the photo gallery, only the fishing components are removed, and a plywood deck has been added to make a nice little bench to sit and lounge (on paco pads).