STORY BY: MACKENZIE AMOS & ROB MCABEE
PHOTOGRAPHY BY: SEAN MURPHY
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…