Saturday, April 30, 2011

Croff Craft Chronicles: Curves

Why build a wooden drift boat? Why go through all the hassle, hard work, dust, planning, planing and expense, when there's perfectly good glass drift boats on the market? Love- pure unadulterated love, for the fishing and for the boats.  Anyone can build a flat bottomed john boat and call it a drift boat, but we know better don't we.  Curves are what add interest, define the boat.

Some lines are functional, aiding maneuverability and tracking, but some are there for you and me, an aesthetic statement of style and grace, a tribute to the flowing undulations and sinuous curves of the rivers and fish themselves.  This is also about carpentry as an art form, not nailing 2X4's together, but taking a natural material- cedar, and shaping, nay, sculpting it in oblate form until it mirrors its aqueous medium, at harmony with the natural world that will be its home.

When the work is done, the dust is gone, the sweat and worry washed away by the flow of a trout stream, all that is left is the glow of wood, the steady cadence of the oars, the banter of friends and an angler tucked in against the curve of the bow, casting for trout.


  1. Like tying your own flies or building your own rod, it brings a new, personal dimension to the experience and becomes an aide-mémoire.

  2. there is something romantic about fly fishing and all it entails. Pat is right...tying flies, building a rod, writing about your experiences, or building a boat all add up to something special or at least a unique experience.

    Beautiful boat!

  3. I feel very privileged to be able to follow Phil as he builds this boat and to cover it. The best part is that I get to float with him and fish a couple times a week, which brings it all together. Thanks for following guys.