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BOTE Presents // A Western Flow

BOTE Presents //

A WESTERN FLOW

Flowing from Wyoming to Colorado, the Green River is a 730-mile winding watershed in the middle of the Western wilderness. White water rapids and ripping winds are not uncommon on the Green, making your watercraft one of your most important pieces of gear. Eager to test out BOTE’s inflatables in some challenging conditions, our Creative Director, Rob McAbee, and some of the BOTE team got together to conjure up the ultimate river trip.

Rob had dreamt of exploring the canyons and gorges of Utah ever since taking a float trip down the Big Horn River (MT) in 2013. This time, however, he wanted to take the trip to the next level by utilizing BOTE’s newest fishing specific inflatable, the Drift Bug Slinger™ Edition while fly fishing for trout along the way. After teaming up with BOTE ambassador and adventure athlete, Ian Provo, the trip began to take shape. The expedition consisted of the ultimate crew: BOTE Photographer, Sean Murphy, videographer, Cavin Brothers, Ambassador, Ian Provo, and friends Raphye Alexius and Shane (aka. “Smokey Joe”).

Putting in at the base of the Flaming Gorge damn in Utah, the team was ready to roll. With loose ends and flies tied, yet not truly knowing what really lay ahead, they headed down river for a three-day excursion to experience some of the most beautiful scenery, big trout, fierce winds and intimidating rapids they had ever come across (being from Florida - yes, they were intimidating). Check out the photos below to experience A Western Flow…

Grocery shopping for trout food
How in the hell are we going to get all this S*!t on the inflatables!?
Defying the laws of aerodynamics.
In the shadow of the Flaming Gorge Dam.
Raphye workin’ her way to the river.
The Murph – contemplating life and how to paddle for 3 days with no center fin.
Let’s just go ahead and put on the PFD. Yeah that’d be a good idea.
The first little taste of a western tail water.
The Bug Slinger™ Drift – tricked out and loaded up.
Now that wasn’t so bad, was it?
Murphy strikes gold!! First one to hand.
Didn’t beat the rain, but did drink some beers.
Ian gathering fuel.
Nothing like a good roaring fire to dry things out and warm things up
Macro bug
Textures
Smoke em if ya got em.
First day comes to a close – time to find a take out, beat the rain and a drink a beer.
Ian with his game face on. Strip strip … fish on!
Paint it red.
Just don’t look up with your mouth open. Words to live by.
Cavin navigating the Red Creek rapid like a boss.
Shane with a healthy resident.
When 40mph head wind gusts and inflatable paddle boards collide, shit goes south.
A man in his element.
Took a little coaxing but Ian got his jump on.
The Crew: (left to right) Ian, Sean, Cavin, Raphye, Shane & Rob.