Sure the sandy is driftable... you will bang in a couple spots. The lower river is more forgiving at low flows.. but the skinny spots below oxbow are... the following, just below the launch at ox- you might have to drag there, and then the tree that is hangin' out over the river, go all the way to the right and get a pump'n, you will pull away befor the tree rips your rods out of the boat. Last week I had to drag in those 2 spots.. and I have a Clackacraft.. As for the fishing, I would venture to say its a first light bite... and Oxbow don't open till 6... so even if you pump hard you won't hit the powerline till 7 and that is way after 1st light.... so that means nothing, if you are the 1st boat.. I bet there are a few around... A good thing with the sandy is they tend to hold in PREDICTABLE holes.(less water) IMO Good luck!