The boat couldn’t be better! I enjoy rowing my wife in the boat, but I’ll admit she does rub it in when she catches the most and largest fish…of course, that is due to the fact I am at the oars most of the time. :o) Thanks for the great customer service and the wonderful product!!!
Love it!! Hyde is king!! I fish many river is Michigan, PM/Muskegon/Manistee/Au Sable, and the quality of getting me around the river couldn’t be better. Not too often do I get caught up on the bottom of a shallow river. The dry storage is a huge bonus fishing the cold wet falls we have here in Michigan as well as the chilly winters! Nothing like breaking out the Coleman stove on the boat to enjoy a hot soup on a cold day. The performance is number one in my book, I’ve rowed a lot of different kinds of boats but nothing is better than my Hyde! Also, always get positive comments by fisherman as I drift by, like, “Hey, beautiful boat!”, which is always nice. Only improvement I can see, and I’ve notice the 2000 models have such features, is better storage for my fly rods. Realize it’s tough to work in to the boat but once in a while I find it tough to manage a few fly rods in the boat. Other than that it’s great!
Love it. Durable. Timeless. Easy to row. Unmatched craftsmanship and quality.
I always get compliments on my boat from other fly fisherman. Other fiberglass sliders can’t compare in looks to the Hyde with its beautiful rocker angle and clean lines. I have a 1997 combo light gray color with green trim and wow does it look good in the water. The fist time other oarsman row my boat is my favorite! I tell them it is fast on the water and that you don’t have to stoke much to get across the river. When we head into a slot they always end up over rowing and put it into the bank. The common phrase I hear is “Man this thing is fast!” or “what did I do!” I just smile and say “dude two stokes in this thing and you are across the river” I use my Hyde everywhere from Idaho to Montana on rivers and lakes too!
The boat has just been great for trout fishing on the Yakima River in Central Washington. My boy loves fishing out it and my little girl loves to lie in the front with her shades on and “sun” herself down the river. Thanks for a great boat. I have really enjoyed it so far.
My initial experience is that the Hyde rows easier than my previous Claka Craft. I like the fact that it’s lighter and more maneuverable. I also like the adjustability aspects, not available in my previous boat. The only area of inconvenience, again in either boat, is Rod storage. I’m currently designing a system of my own to meet my particular needs but hey, nothing is good to go out of the box for every individual user, no event the cars we drive. So, putting it into perspective, I find the Hyde products to be a great quality to value relationship. Thanks for building me a great boat!
Fear No Rock” is a catchy tag line for another drift boat company. The marketing banter refers to how tough the bottom of the boat is. I can’t verify how tough they really are, but the fact is their bottoms need to be really tough because it is so hard to maneuver the things. Their hulls seem to be built to “track for the barn”, that is, they want to go straight down the river, over rocks or whatever may be in the way. I “fear no rock” in my combo because the hull is built to deftly avoid collisions with rocks. The hull is very nimble, turns on a dime, will easily ferry from one side of the river to the other with only a few strokes, and will “surf” in chop or on a small wave effortlessly, allowing my angling companions to get several casts into the sweet spots while guys in the “other” boats are blowing down the river. A good oarsman can track the boat straight and can also slide the boat sideways by “crabbing” the oars. I can’t say enough about the performance of this hull design. It is by far the easiest boat to row on the market and the most responsive in situations where you need to maneuver around obstacles. The new recessed rod holders are great, keeping rods and reels out of harms way. The cloth liners are a nice touch in that they protect the finish of fine fly rods.
I have been guiding part time on the Bow River since 1996 and have used a Hyde. This boat has been a pleasure to operate. My clients appreciate the boat layout and the ample dry storage to get items out of the way. The boat handles well and has been shown to be durable while “dancing with rocks”. When the time comes I will be looking for another Hyde.
I currently own a 2000 Hyde Combo that I love. Having owned 5 drift boat of various makes and models over the past 12yrs I can honestly say that it is the best drift boat that I have owned. This is the second Hyde that I have owned, my last was a 1997 combo, and you guys just keep making them better and better! It handles extremely well, has every option that a flyfisher needs, looks great, and best of all it is strong and light at the same time!! My next boat will be a new Hyde, I just haven’t decided on model and color yet. Keep up the great work!
I have to say this is the best boat I have ever owned and I have owned a few of them! I didn’t think I would like aluminum but I wouldn’t own anything but aluminum even again. It handles fantastic here in Michigan on the Ausable, Manistee and the P.M. This is a very stable boat with ample storage. I can carry 3 chairs, table, gas grill, 4DB Dunn rod cases a bag of extra clothes and that doesn’t include my clients equipment and 2 coolers and still have room for more equipment, and the only things exposed are the coolers. . I also have to say my salesman was great he helped me out with any questions I had, when you talk about great customer service I would say John is it I would recommend him to anyone looking to buy a boat or have questions about boats. Thanks John!!
Every time I am on the rivers….Kootenai, Yellowstone, Madison, Flathead, Clark Fork, Grande Ronde, Columbia, Yakima, Missouri…people come and look at my Hyde…they ask questions like: How easy is it to row and fish? Why aluminum? Is it worth the expense…etc…and I tell them how many times I pull up on a bank and talk to my friends about the great times we are having together…tell them a few of the stories….a few of the quotes…when I pull down the highway and see other boats…I always look in the mirror and think…..damn, I’m glad I have my Hyde.
I have owned a LP for nearly four years. By far the best boat I have ever had the chance to fish out of. The LP is perfectly balanced fishing platform. I spend nearly 50 days a year in my LP and it has never missed a beat. Thanks for producing a great boat.