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Sotar Strike Raft- 12’6″ with Top Chafe Strip- Custom Order


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We are taking deposits on custom built 12’6″ Strikes. You choose from a variety of custom colors and we will build to your specifications. Send us a message for current build times as this changes constantly based on order volume. However, Blackfoot River Outfitters pays to secure build dates to get you in line earlier than going directly through Sotar for the same price. And we also have the fishing knowledge to help you secure your frame, trailer, and accessories all in one place. Rafts we currently have being built for stock will be listed on this page for purchase, so make sure to check back with us often.

Note that this raft includes the top liquid lexitron chafe strip (a $285 value) to protect the raft from friction with the frame. The 12’6″ configuration is designed to be a lighter weight option for relatively smaller streams and/or when the primary use is for two occupants. However, the 12’6″ can certainly handle 3 occupants as it is rated a 2-3 person raft and for 1320 pounds. Check out our MT Raft Frame Premier frame or NRS Custom Strike Frame to round out the package.
Why the Strike?
Designed by Blackfoot River Outfitters founder John Herzer and custom built in the USA by SOTAR, the Blackfoot Strike is the ultimate fishing boat. John has been rowing Sotar boats since 1984 – and rowed rafts a distance equivalent to twice the circumference of the earth! When it comes to understanding the performance and quality of an inflatable craft few have the experience and understanding that Herzer does.
A raft continues as his office today, as he spends over 150 days per year on the water. The diminishing bow and stern maximize useable storage space. With less than seven feet of tube on the water and a 19″ maximum tube diameter, Strikes handle like a catboat yet provide a stable ride even in heavy water. The most notable advantage is evident in the asymmetrical design. While maintaining the desirable aerodynamics and 360 degree visibility of a “flat” profile afford, we increased stern diameter. No longer do we lose maneuverability when a 300lb angler or all your gear for a 5 day is piled in the back. This industry leading design enables the boat to be nimble enough for tight bolder choked pocket water streams yet stable enough for significant whitewater.
The Blackfoot Strike represents 34 years of fly fishing guide experience. It drafts as shallow as a drift boat, spins quick like a kayak, affords the profile of a poling skiff, rides as stable as a car, and does it all as quiet as trout fins through water! Want to catch more fish? Better step up to the SOTAR Blackfoot Strike.
ALL Blackfoot Strikes come standard with FOUR air chambers in the main outside tube!  Other standard features include welded I beam floor, standard 10 outside d-rings and 6 carry handles, patch kit and boat bag. Top chafe, thwarts, extra D-rings and other options are available on request.


  • Length: 12’6″
  • Exterior Width: 70″
  • Tube Diameter: 19-14″
  • Straight Section: 77″
  • Interior Width: 32″
  • Thwarts: 0
  • Thwart Diameter: 0″
  • Floor Drop: 11″
  • Floor Thickness: 6″
  • Floor I-Beams: 6
  • Valve Orientation: I (Inline with Floor I-Beams)
  • D-Rings: 10
  • Handles: 6
  • Air Chambers: 5 (including floor)
  • Bow & Stern Rise: 7″
  • Bow & Stern Rake: 11″/9″
  • Load Capacity: 1320 lbs. (At 1/3 Submergence)
  • Capacity Persons: 2-3
  • Weight: 80 lbs.

Additional information

Weight 100 lbs
Dimensions 32 × 28 × 28 in


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