March Madness Sale – 10% Off

Gravitas Drift Boat’s March Madness sale has officially begun! For the entire month of March, 2019 all existing stock has been reduced in price by 10%. This is your opportunity to own a custom, hand-crafted wooden drift boat at an incredible price and without being placed on a waiting list. This year, you’ll be on the water the moment the ice is out!

Orvis “Down the Hatch” 2019

I’m excited to announce that Gravitas Drift Boats will have a booth and boat on display at this years Down the Hatch Fly-Fishing Festival. Stop by Caras Park and say hello.

“The Down the Hatch Festival at Caras Park begins with an afternoon full of live music, the latest in outdoor and fly-fishing gear, great food and cold beer, and a chance to watch the best of the best showcase their skills in the Orvis Guide Olympics. As evening falls, follow the crowd up to The Wilma to take part in a screening of International Fly Fishing Film Festival! Proceeds from the event go to the Montana Trout Unlimited Kids Conservation Camp.

Each film festival ticket includes entry into an incredible raffle… and when we say raffle, we don’t mean just tee shirts and ball caps (though there will be those too). Down the Hatch raffle prizes include an incredible range of gear from our Down the Hatch sponsors and vendors, plus the grand prize—a once-in-a-lifetime getaway for two to Belize!”

Saturday, April 27, 2019

12:00 – 6:30pm: Down the Hatch Fly Fishing Festival (FREE)
12:30pm: Live Music with The Wrinkles
2:30pm: Guide Olympics Finals
4:15pm: Live Music with Milltown Damn
7:00pm: Stick around for the International Fly Fishing Film Festival. Tickets are $12

Montana Fly Fishing Magazine – Spring 2018

   Gravitas Drift Boats is proud to announce that we have been featured in the Montana Fly Fishing Magazine – Spring 2018 issue!  If you are unfamiliar with this publication I strongly suggest you take the time to pull it up online ( and read some, if not all, of their articles.  They excel at providing both useful and entertaining information regarding the world of fly fishing, gear, and environmental issues that are important to all of us.  Their photography layouts are spectacular and all of their past issues are available to read as well!  If you’d like to read the article about Gravitas Drift Boats it can be found on pages 59-67.  Oh…and did I mention it’s free.  Enjoy!

Orvis Down the Hatch – 2017

   Gravitas Drift Boats is proud to have been in attendance at this years Orvis Down the Hatch festival in Missoula’s Caras Park.  We had a wonderful time speaking to everyone who visited us at our booth and we were excited to hear all of the positive comments.  Thank you Orvis for providing the opportunity and thanks Missoula for your support!

   Also, congratulations to Kristie R. of Missoula who won the $50 Orvis Gift Card, compliments of Gravitas Drift Boats.  Enjoy Kristie!!

Enjoy Whatever You Catch…

   “It’s called fishing, not catching.”  I really enjoy catching fish and watching others catch fish.  No matter what species or size you’re chasing, enjoy whatever you catch.

Spring Entomology

   When the water’s ripping and looks like chocolate milk, it’s still fun to take the family for a walk along the river and dig around for bugs.

The River Beckons….

   Well actually, the river is always beckoning.  My wife and I have just returned from a 4-day float on Montana’s gorgeous Smith River.  We were joined by both family and friends, had beautiful spring weather, which is often rare in W. Montana, and all-in-all had a great time.  But Craig, you say, what about accomplishing work in the boat shop?  The timing couldn’t have been better.  Two boats are in the final painting phase and if someone truly wants to press the issue I can respond with “it’s always a good idea to let the paint cure really well.”  I’ve been known to use whatever excuse will get me on the water.

Sound Advice

   I can’t remember the number of times that I’ve been told that the boats I’ve built were “too nice” to put in the water.  That comment is both extremely gratifying and frustrating. The following quote sums up my feelings perfectly.

“A ship in port is safe but that’s not what ships are built for.”

– Grace Murray Hopper

Humble Beginnings…

   As you navigate through this site you’ll quickly realize that it’s currently under construction and that your time may be better spent fishing. Be sure to come back soon.  Things are always changing!


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