All, the Fire Department will be finishing jet boat training on the lower American River for new boat operators on Thursday & Friday (October 5/6). Unfortunately we weren't able to get this completed over the summer. As a fly fisherman, I'm sensitive to this.
As most of you know, while using an inboard jet boat we need about 9 inches on plane to clear obstructions in the river but about 2 feet when we're off plane. While on plane traveling at speed, the boat generally produces minimal wake; at slower speeds it creates a much larger wake. We train guys to slow down and basically idle to create minimal wake around drift boats, paddle boarders, and canoes. While dispatched to a drowning or other rescue event that's generally not going to be the case, priorities.
Either way, there are times when we come across fisherman in a boat that we can not slow down, it's too shallow for us to stop or maneuver. When this occurs, generally the best thing to do is to continue on plane. Throwing rocks at us, throwing sinkers, casting line at us, and yelling obscenities generally doesn't help the situation. Please understand we are trying to completely avoid you and allow your time on the river to be enjoyable. Thanks for the understanding.