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, spending over 150 days per year on the water.
At 13.5 feet, the Strike provides ample space between anglers and oarsperson, making tangles between anglers and “pistol-whipping” of the guide are a thing of the past. 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.
Blackfoot Strikes come standard with two air chambers in the main outside tube, a 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.