<font size="2" face="verdana,arial,helvetica">Originally posted by cully:
fisherdan, the shuttle can be done several ways. You can have a buddy bring a car ( leave the extra car at the take out ramp area) and you/he or both go back to your put in and grab your vehicle and tralilor. If you use the both method then prepare to leave your boat unatteneded while your on the road. I always feel uneasy about doing it that way but so far so good. If one of you takes the shuttle car and brings the trailor/truck back then of course you have to go back again and pick up the shuttle car once you've trailored the boat. This method leaves someone to tend the boat. That amount of time can be used to fish, ship the oars and generally clean up. Keep an eye on all your gear too. I always feel better doing it that way. It'll cost you that extra 10-20 minutes to reshuttle but unless you feel real safe about leaving your gear unattended....
The cost of hiring a shuttle is usually 10/20 bucks. If you can afford it, it's the way to go. Fish all day and get to the take out and there is your vehicle and trailor. Makes a great day especially if you and a buddy rode to the river togeather. Shoot the bull about the way your going to catch fish on the drive to the river and on the way home talk about why you didn't catch any on the way home.
Another method if you choose is to hitch hike back to pick up you trailor/vehicle. I've done this method with someone staying with the boat and at times by myself, leaving the boat tied up and anchored. A little more stress involved with this method but so far so good.