The Ultimate Fishing Boat

Strike Raft

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.

Herzer’s primary boat, the 13.5 foot 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.

NEW FOR 2018! 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.

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After 30 years, John has learned exactly what you need. We are proud to offer his recommended SOTAR Strike configuration.

Strike Raft 2022 Montana Guide Edition

A few words from John Herzer on the 2022 Montana Guide Edition Strike Raft

"Seems like everyday I field the same questions regarding which raft to buy for fishing, what frame to use, and how to properly accessorize it. Often that long and convoluted conversation ends in the customer asking me to put together a package resembling the rig I row every day. With that in mind we offer the 'Montana Guide Edition' Sotar Strike.

This one-stop shopping experience settles all your questions about assembling the finest fishing raft package available in the industry; period.

We start with the 13’6” Sotar Strike, perfect for spreading out the sometimes chaos of 2 anglers fishing out of a boat. The 19” tube diameter diminishes to 14” in the bow section affording maximum visibility and low profile in the wind. The stern tubes also diminish but only down to 16” allowing for gear stacked high on multi-day trips or a heavy angler and the anchor weight resting on the back tube on day trips. The MT Guide Edition includes a 3rd air chamber in the main tubes as insurance for punctures and a top chafe of liquid lexitron applied down the straight sections and around the stern for protection against abrasion under the frame.

For the frame we’ve chosen the Montana Raft Frames’ Premier model. This frame is best in class for the industry! Powder coated break down aluminum base frame, dry box under rower’s seat, integrated anchor cage system with Harken sailing pulleys (read 30# anchor draws up like a 20#), two angler high back Tempress seats, and RodDog double rod holder. Everything on this frame is made to fit the Strike like a glove minimizing line tangles while maximizing rower and angler visibility and comfort. This is a frame we helped design and is utilized by serious guides across the United States.

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