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At 11:25am on September 28, 2014, Paul Price said…

Hello Greg- It was a pleasure meeting you and the others at the Hops and Heritage Festival in Independence yesterday.  And thanks again for the jump.  If you ever want to fish the Trask or Wilson let me know.  I'll host.

At 6:20pm on January 26, 2013, Chris Berger said…

Greg as you can see the Diablo Canyon II is nothing like the original Portola.  Thanks for your interest.

At 6:19pm on January 26, 2013, Chris Berger said…

At 11:48am on April 17, 2012, Helen Howard said…

Also- have you tried that size dory with 10 foot oars?

At 11:46am on April 17, 2012, Helen Howard said…

Thanks- loved the time on the river-  1500 miles on vans and cars since and still dealing with photos from the trip.  I do get to guide 2 trips tomorrow which should help the withdrawal.  The Canyon is always spectacular, the people made this trip so special.  Could you give me the name of the book you recomended from the recently retired professor in Oregon about building wooden boats..  I need a new project to dream about.   ;0)))

At 9:47am on December 1, 2011, Rob Perkin said…

Thanks Greg. What a great site, now it's going to be real tough to get some work done.

At 4:14am on October 31, 2011, Dave Caravella said…
Thanks Greg, I'm down on Table Rock Lake. Not originally from here just a transplant. Some great info here. Looking at the possibility of getting a buddy's drift boat and wanted a feel of what I was getting into. -Dave
At 1:57pm on September 6, 2011, Brad Dimock said…



thanks for the invite, but I must decline. Pretty much all my precious non-commercial boat time is spent on other rivers these days,so unless I have a new (old) boat that I need to try out, and can't talk my boss into paying me to run it (a neat trick when I can manage it), I like to go do rivers I don't know that well.


Here are emails for John and Curt. John rowed the Susie Two for a while, and Curt maintains the remaining Keith Steele boats.


Curtis Chang <>

John Blaustein <>

At 11:27am on September 6, 2011, Brad Dimock said…

My guess is only a guess, but I'd guess 10-foot oars.
By the time I got to the Dories warehouse, there was nothing there but ten-foot oars.
You should give Martin and/or John Blaustein a call.  They'll actually know the answer!
Or Curt Chang at the Lewiston OARS warehouse--they still have a few of the old Keith Steele boats.

Port Townsend sounds fun. If you run into a fellow named Kit Africa, give him my best.

At 1:01pm on March 28, 2011, thomas m donnelly said…

Hey Greg,

Thank's for the greeting. I'm carzy about spey fishing for steelhead.

Thye carzy thing is I learned spey in Ireland 25 years ago. When I took my home wound Sage 9140 to the oregon coast back then most people had never seen a spey rod. Later , i befrended Mike Maxwell (may God rest his soul) and the spey thing went viral. Living most of theyear on the Jefferson in MT a fairly large river - I spend a lot of afternoon swinging a neat little 6wt speyrod for big browns - and have caught a few - I tell the few DBs that pass by that I'm just practicing for steelhead.

My wife and I spent all of last September on the Kispiox and Skeena - went to heaven without having to die!


I'm really thinking about buying/haveing one built, a dear river type slead in wood and epoxy. Any thoughts on builders or designs?

At 9:28am on March 1, 2011, Duncan MacLeod said…
Thanks for the welcome, Greg - I have been reading through the site already, gleaning as much info as I can.  Really looking forward to the build, I'll be sure to update and ask questions along the way.  Thanks!
At 4:16pm on February 9, 2011, Zac Sexton said…

Thanks for the warm welcome, Greg! This is a great site, and I hope to contribute a bit, through my restoration work currently, then the maiden voyage and successive trips guiding in my boat this summer. Hope I fixed the damn leak ;-) Also hope to learn lots, and keep up on building techniques.


In Wild Waters,



At 6:08pm on January 11, 2011, justin nicola said…

its a great town.  let me know if you come back.  catching a 20 lb redfish on the fly will make you want to quit that river fishing business and move to the ocean.  in all seriousness, oregons not too bad either.  i just can't deal w/ the lack of sun all winter. 

At 6:48pm on December 31, 2010, Don Wakefield said…
Greg - is this Blossom Bar?? Great pictures.  I want to do the upper Rogue this coming summer season.
At 5:27pm on December 27, 2010, John Greenleaf said…

Greg, Saw the post about the oar holder. It looks like a great solution to a problem I have been pondering myself, as currently, I use a maze of bunjee cords to secure my oars during transit.  I may have to do something like that (said: rip your idea off) before I lose an eye. I love how the holder fits right into the passenger seat slots.

p.s. have been reading "the doing of the thing" (which I got for x-mas) - read a segment about lining a boat down the fish ladder at Rainie falls. It's funny, I was thinking of your roughed up on the rogue post right before reading your comment. 

Cheers, J.G.



At 8:23pm on October 11, 2010, Chris Anderson said…
You are my hero - I love wood drift boats but I would love even more to pull them with a Landcruiser. My umcle had one that I should have bought but he sold it out beneath me. God I love those FJ 40's. OMG means Oh my god - I think.
At 6:05pm on September 28, 2010, John Kappus said…
Hey Greg

Nice 40!

I just stumbled on your page while checking out the site. Like you I am a fellow cruiser fanatic.

That's my red 40 and the blue 62 also...the other is my buddy's 40.
Anyway, I am getting prepared to build a Montana Boat Builders Freestone Classic and i am really glad i found this site. I have been spending lots of time searching and learning.

Another site probably already know about, but if you haven't you should check out I know you'd like it!
At 10:21pm on September 14, 2010, Rann Millar said…
Oregon rivers, the best!
At 9:49am on August 23, 2010, Robb Grubb said…
Hello Greg, Just wondering how your replica project is coming? Looking forward to see and hear about it... Cheers, Robb
At 6:19pm on April 4, 2010, Harry E. Coff, Jr. said…
Thanks Greg. It's my 4th dory and the keeper/one I was looking for. I added some photos of it after the new paint two winters ago. Boat was built by the late Derald Stewart of Durango and I am proud to have it. Happy trails! BCJ

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