- product review write-up on the Adipose Boatworks, Flow Drift Boat -
Fly fishing from a drift boat is one thing, but fishing in an Adipose is in a class all by itself. There are so many features of the Adipose Flow that make rowing and fishing from it so fun. Fishing and rowing an Adipose is a dream scenario for any guide or avid angler. After taking this boat down rivers in Wyoming, Utah and Colorado this boat has not only passed the test but it has emerged as our favorite drift boat we've ever rowed. From the rod storage to the anchor system, to the trailer configuration, Adipose has over engineered all aspects of this boat to meet the needs of any scenario anglers might find themselves in.
Adipose says it best on their website, “Building the “perfect” drift boats was our objective when starting Adipose.” The Adipose Flow was designed with both the angler and rower in mind. This boat has proven to be able to handle any river system or Wyoming headwind mother nature can throw at it. With the Adipose team having over 35 years of combined guiding experience and decades more of rowing experience they built the most efficient self propelled drift boat design on the market.
I don’t know if I'm biased because I was a raft guide but this drift boat makes rowing and guiding seamless with easy access to the cooler and enough storage and space so everyone isn't tripping over gear. One of the best parts about the Adipose Flow is how light, and easy to row it is. As you can see in the photos the interior space and storage is unmatched, allowing for up to 8 rigged rods a Yeti 65 and more than enough space for three people to fish or row freely. “We build and fit out our boats with top of the line materials and components, nothing is rushed in designing and building.” - Adipose Boatworks Website.
After looking at this photos of the Adipose Flow you’re probably wondering, Is it a Skiff or a Drift Boat? Adipose Boatworks website answers this perfectly, “While technically a skiff by shape, the Flow has all of the attributes of a full-sized drift boat, and is more stable than most other boats. With a 15’4” centerline, 58” bottom width, and 74” beam at the oarlocks this the largest skiff on the market. Our side height is also taller than all other “skiffs” on the market, which gives you a larger margin of safety and comfort. The Flow is one of the few drift boats on the market that you can fit just about any cooler in while maintaining a center balance. It doesn’t feel like a little Skiff when you’re in it —it definitely has that “big boat” feel. Plenty of room for anglers, coolers and gear (as well as the hound). We don’t care what you call it. We simply want you to enjoy your valuable time on the water in safety and comfort!” - Adipose Boatworks Website.
Adipose Boatworks is located in Helena, Montana where every piece of the boat is assembled. Adipose uses a combination of hand-laid and vacuum-bagged methods and a high-grade biaxial fiberglass cloth that makes their boats stronger and stiffer but still very light weight.
“Many of the original skiffs and drift boats were designed on a “let’s take a skill saw to a traditional drift boat” principal. That’s why you see so many boats that look like someone took a skill saw to a drift boat! Our boats were designed from the bottom up. While traditional boat building principals and construction methods always apply, no consideration was given to historical McKenzie and Rogue River designs." - Adipose Boatworks Website
"We had a list of things that we consider “requirements” for modern fly fishing drift boats – interior layout, side height, stability, balance, storage, cooler space and performance – and built the boat around them. The first time you fish or row an Adipose you realize just how different it is from every other boat on the market.” - Adipose Boatworks Website.
My other favorite feature in owning an Adipose Drift Boat is the trailer configuration. The pulley system and the easy to use side straps are easy and simple to operate to get the boat in and out of the water quickly and easily. Side bunks, spare tire well, jack stand and premium galvanization make this the trailer the nicest on the market.
“Whoever owns the boat ends up rowing it all the time, and to you it’s performance that matters most. The Flow and the Runoff back rows, pushes, turns and twists like no other drift boat you’ve rowed, and it does it with unparalleled stability and comfort. Unlike many drift boats, they perform great whether it’s you and your wife out for a short day, or fully loaded with 3 anglers and gear for an overnight trip. Years of experience behind the oars combined with our high-tech CAD design make it happen. Try one out and you’ll become a believer in a hurry.” - Adipose Boatworks Website.