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    I was wondering if anyone has bought one of these? How did it work for ya?
    Is it worth the money? I there anywhere in the Northwest that sells them?
    Thanks for your input.
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  • #2
    Originally posted by topdawgy58 View Post
    I was wondering if anyone has bought one of these? How did it work for ya?
    Is it worth the money? I there anywhere in the Northwest that sells them?
    Thanks for your input.

    I have not used one, but have seen one used quite a bit.

    They are VERY popular in AZ. Seem to work best when there is a harder type surface instead of thick mud. They rely on being able to "scoop" the disc in the device. Something like the "Fountian" in AZ where there is concrete for the bottom they work really well. In deep mud bottoms they tend to go under the disc and you'll have less of a success rate.

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    • #3
      Yeah, I can't imagine they'd be too useful around here. Not only would they not work well in mud, but they also pretty much require you to be able to SEE your disc. And most of our water hazards are pretty murky at best.

      For short-range water retrieval, a Stanley "Fat Max" tape measure works great. It'll go out to 11 feet without folding.
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      • #4
        It's the type of thing that will show up in numbers if it actually makes sense for a course in the area. I haven't played one in Oregon that would make too much sense to purchase a golden retriever for. You do need semi-shallow water with out too much mud on bottom.

        When playing at Ann Morrison in Boise (has a shallow river/irrigation canal running all over the place) I put a disc in the water and thought I was going to have to get wet. But every other member of my fivesome (all locals) pulled out golden retrievers and they got the disc back in seconds while my feet and pants stayed dry. If you play such a course much, one of these pays for itself in a couple rounds.

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        • #5
          Ive used one a lot.

          Its like fishing, lots of time and patience, especially if you keep getting other discs than your own.

          Get a really long rope and tie the other end to your belt loop so you dont thrown it into the water.

          They work in muddy water but not with logs and sticks in the way.
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          • #6
            I've heard that a steel rake (or a concrete rake) works well in mud, when either tied to the end of a rope, or fashioned to a long pole.
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            • #7
              I made a homemade version for Trojan. I don't think I ever got my own disc back with it, but I managed to retrieve other people's discs. Like others have said, the problem is being able to see your disc. The other main problem was dredging up plant life. Once you had too much built up there is no way the retriever can grab the disc.
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              • #8
                I would imagine that they don't work in rocky places? Am I correct?
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                • #9
                  Probably dont work in rocky places, I would guess. The lake I used to use it in was in Indiana and the lake was very muddy, but no rocks.
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                  • #10
                    Ok. The river by my course is filled with old sidewalk so it is very rocky. Thanks.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Adam Schneider View Post
                      It'll go out to 11 feet without folding.
                      *snicker*
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by TreeLove View Post
                        *snicker*
                        Ya know, I specifically said "folding" because I thought it was less likely to elicit snickers than other verbs.
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