Kirk Miller
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To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
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I have read a number of discussions concerning the type of knot to use on the free end of an anchor rope. I have always been taught to leave it free so that a hung up anchor in fast water can be let…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Witton May 28.

Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
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I just finished restoring some 1983 Smoker oars for my drift boat and the oar stoppers are cracking and splitting.  The replacements I found online and at our local raft shop have a 1 5/8 inch ID,…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kurt Selisch May 2, 2018.

Keith steele boat oars
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I restored a 1983 Keith steele drift boat ( you can find my discussions on the project on this site) and recently the original owner gave me what he called the oars that came with the boat. They are…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Rick Newman Mar 8, 2018.

Smoker Oar restoration
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I restored a Keith Steele 1983 drift boat a couple winter's ago and I recently obtained what appears to be the original oars.  I have 3 Smoker wooden oars that Jimmy Gabettas, the original owner of…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mitchell Culbertson Aug 1, 2018.

 

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David Witton replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"I was reading an older thread on this site recently where none other than AJ DeRosa suggested tying an overhand slip know with a long tail at the end of the anchor rope. That way if the line ran out to the know and you needed to dump the anchor rig,…"
May 28
Guy Fredrickson replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"I was advised on this site years ago... "no knot, let the anchor go". Good advice. I anchored one time in swift water in order to hold a fishing spot. It held, and we fished, but it wasn't a good idea. I recovered and everything…"
May 26
Rick Newman replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"When I guided in Montana I was taught to leave the anchor rope free of knots, fortunately I have never stuck an anchor nor had to deal with the issue. I can point out the spot on the Snake River in Idaho where we lost an outobard motor that…"
May 17
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Kirk Miller's discussion To knot the end of your anchor rope or not to knot. That is the question.
"I don’t have more than 80 bucks in an anchor and rope. I’d rather burn that 80 bucks then lose my boat or anyone’s life.  I had to ditch an anchor once just because I simply couldn’t get it back. That cut the fishing…"
May 11
Kirk Miller replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Keith Steele anchor lock
"I finally talked with Steve Steele about this and he says they sold boats with this anchor lock for a year or so and found it tended to bind and not free wheel line out, so they changed systems.  He suggested taking the locking mechanism out…"
May 11
Kirk Miller replied to Dan Burr's discussion Rear knee brace
"I built a similar rear knee brace for my 82 Steele and found it cumbersome. Changing positions front to back is almost impossible with older anglers like me without pulling to shore. This is a problem, because I like both anglers in the bow…"
May 11
Mitchell Culbertson replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Smoker Oar restoration
"But they do have Sawyer decals I believe. Might be a good compromise? I love smoker solid ash oars. I missed a set of 4 last year at an estate sale by being 15 minutes late to the start of the sale. All 4......50 bucks. "
Aug 1, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Nice to meet you at the Wooden Boat Festival. Good job on the oars, they look great."
May 2, 2018
Kirk Miller replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Thanks for the input. Boiling water and a good roll did the trick with a little canola oil too. I did the float down to the Wooden Boat festival and they stayed put, so all is good."
May 1, 2018
Bennett Yarbrough replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Ill second the heat it up method, took mine and threw them in the oven till they were a little too hot to hold with bare hands.  Stuffed the blade against a baseboard, straddled the oar and rolled the sucker on.  No drama, pops right…"
Apr 17, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Kirk, here is an article about Frank's custom oars, third picture down shows Frank seating an oar stop. Necessity is the father of invention..... http://oregonflyfishingblog.com/2009/04/17/buying-locally-franks-custom-oars/"
Apr 17, 2018
Kirk Miller replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Thanks Kurt, these are stiff and haven't rolled, but maybe with more heat they will. "
Apr 16, 2018
Kirk Miller replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Thanks Dave, I like the boiling water idea. Raft shop used their ski boot liner heater, which probably didn't get as hot. I used oil to get the old ones off, so I will try alcohol as well. "
Apr 16, 2018
Kurt Selisch replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"I have always found it easier to roll them on. Put them in a pot of hot water like Dave Z suggests which will make them very flexible. Slide them on the oar as far as you can, then with palm of you hands on the very outside of the stop, pull down…"
Apr 16, 2018
David Jensen replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"Since my stoppers are in place, I can't measure them.  The way I have put on stoppers is to coat them in liquid detergent before pushing/pulling."
Apr 16, 2018
Dave Z replied to Kirk Miller's discussion Looking for proper sized oar stoppers
"I just stretched a pair of the 1-5/8" ones on 2-1/4" shafts.  I boiled them in a pot, put gloves on, then lubed them up with rubbing alcohol.  It took some effort but it works. "
Apr 16, 2018

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Hometown:
Helena MT
About Me:
I am a fly fisherman and restored a 1983 Keith Steele boat in 2016. I am working on little details like improving anchor performance, oar weight balance and rod holders as well as adding another couple of coats of varnish on the exterior and teak oil on the interior during winter 2017.
Boats I own:
Keith Steele Model 16

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