Purchased this drifter from you guys this past spring. Can’t say enough to its utility in our smaller Michigan streams. We now have access to much more water than before. Just put a little 4 h.p motor on the back and having a blast fishing migratory fish in river mouths this fall. This is picture from Michigan’s upper peninsula on the last day of trout season.
Just wanted to drop you a quick note and let you know the boat I purchased from you was just what I was looking for. It is a great boat for 2 guys, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It rowed wonderfully and the anchor systems were easy to use even with only one hand available (because I was playing a fish with the other hand). I am convinced I caught more fish because of the boat. In one and a half days of fishing I hooked 39 steelhead! The boat was light enough for 2 guys to pick up and will be great for getting into some of the places I fish that are a short walk from the road or don’t have a boat ramp. Thanks again for everything and if I ever need another boat I know where to go.
I just wanted to tell you how much I have enjoyed my Hyde drift boats. I have had 3 fiberglass low-profile boats over the past 10 years and have loved each one.
I started by purchasing a used boat directly from you back in 1999, and a few year later traded up for another used boat. I made the move to a new boat about 4 years ago when I purchased my low profile Pro-series boat and had it set up just the way I wanted it.
I live in Michigan and fish the Pere Marquette river most often. Since we are in and out of the boat quite a bit the low profile boat is a perfect fit. The boat is a dream to row through tight spots, fallen trees and around boot fisherman in the river. I guide during the King Salmon season and get nothing but complements on the comfort and function of the boat. The built in rod holders have been a dream come true for keeping the rods protected and organized.
I just wanted you to know that I love the boat and I will never own anything other than a Hyde!
I would personally like to thank everyone at Hyde for making a truly remarkable boat. As 2009 comes to a close I have had an amazing year fishing the rivers of Western Washington. From winter steelhead to pinks this summer and Coho this fall, my boat has led me, my family, and friends to fish filled waters all year long. The functionality and comfort of my boat is second to none. I use my boat for all types of fishing and it performs exceptionally no matter what species and fishing style I’m doing. Fly fishing for trout, side drifting for steelhead, pulling plugs for salmon, my boat can do it all. No matter how many other boats I see at the sportsman shows or on the river – Hyde boats are still the best by far. Personally, I think Hyde boats are an exceptional product and I will never own anything else.
Maple Valley, WA
Just wanted to say thank you Hyde staff for building me a great boat. I got the boat out for the first time yesterday and even with 2 feet higher water levels it was so easy to get around roots and tight turns between rocks, that would have been something I wouldn’t have tried before in a canoe. I would have had to walk around. Instead we managed to pick up a few rainbows from behind the rocks. Great day in high water thanks to Hyde drift boats, thanks again.
WOW! I got the new boat in the water this week and was blown away. The new XL design is everything you said it would be and more. I did not sacrifice any substantially noticeable handling from what I was used to in the Pro Series and the other advantages the boat provides are incredible. The extra 17” makes a huge difference in available storage, rower and angler comfort and draft. We were able to slide over very shallow gravel bars without a touch…places my old boat plowed through. The boat is a sincere pleasure to captain and will undoubtedly make for a very enjoyable guide season. Thank you.
Just wanted to say thank you for making this boat purchase a very professional transaction with a personal touch from all of you that we met there. It is reassuring to find a company like Hyde where everyone works together as a team and treats their clients as family. We appreciate the extra effort to get our boat packaged and shrink wrapped for the trip home. It was well protected through the snow, ice, and dust storms we encountered back to GA & AL. Debbie and I will remember each of you as new found friends.
I have been rowing a Hyde for over fifteen years and when Lamoyne Hyde told me about the LH limited edition and its storage options I knew it the best boat for my office guiding on the Bow River in Calgary. Everyone is amazed at all the dry storage available. They are surprised that I have four rods stored in the strait rod holders, ready for any fishing situation we may encounter during the day. The staff at Hyde have always been great to deal with over the years, and my next boat will be an LH Limited Edition for sure.
Just wanted to drop a note to let you know how pleased I am with my recent boat purchase. Matt has always been very accommodating and was eager to help me get a new XL Low Profile started. When Matt was out of town I worked with Jim and finished my favorite Hyde yet (And I have had 4!). Jim really deserves a lot of credit for putting up with how picky I am. I added many extra features, created a custom color, changed things in middle of production, and asked for pictures several times and he always came through with a smile. No matter how many questions or emails I sent, a friendly response was always quick and detailed, he really wanted me to be happy with the boat. I have put this boat on the “Reef” twice in the last month and was blown away with the tracking, spaciousness and turning ability of this boat. Lastly, I wanted to thank LaMoyne for personally delivering the boat to my front door while I was on vacation. Not many business owners would drive hours out of the way like he did. I will always drift a Hyde because you created a raving fan, thank you!
Fort Collins, Colorado
I am writing today Sunday 4/10/11 to tell you what I think of my Hyde XL Low Side Drift boat. First, it was delivered by a very fine individual by the name of Eldon. Employees who are pleasant, courteous, professional, answer questions, give direction, etc…are invaluable. I could tell that he takes a lot of pride in what he does. Second, I have also dealt with a salesman by the name of Chris. He was also very professional, knowledgeable, and very helpful, courteous, patient, etc. I have also spoken with you Jim, again, extremely courteous, kind. Most of all, things happened as you said they would. Your word is everything to a client.
I also wanted you to know, that I went fishing on my lake with the boat on Sunday afternoon. The Hyde boat was very easy to unload, rowed beautifully. Everything worked. Caught a few fish, but in Southern Indiana, its Bass, Crappie, and Catfish. No Trout.
I guess my reason for writing, is just to let you, as well as the other employees at Hyde Drift Boats, that I am well pleased with my boat, and if anyone would like to post this for future use feel free.
Thank you again
Finally got some small-mouth slime on the boat yesterday after your delivery two weeks ago. Drifted five miles of river in Indy (@ 50 year low level) without a problem. Had to walk it three or four times. Two of my three boys have lived west, have seen and fished them, and suggested a drift boat. Good times they used to say….can we do that again………now I’m saying can we do that again.
I’ve purchased too many used boats in my years with all but one good result. This one is by far my best experience. The 1999 pro series appeared to us as NEW …..boat to trailer and performed as new. You have it right, and do it right. We are in small business also and know what it takes. Please use this a a documentary for your future customers of used and new craft. We will be happy to answer their calls.
I want to thank you again for all your help Saturday with my new drift boat. Getting the wiring done, the oars strapped down, and the anchor was great. Thanks again for the movie and two hats. I am so thrilled to be able to use the boat on the Henry’s Fork and Madison this summer. I had a wonderful buying experience.