I have many years with power boats (kinda a theme this spring) and I have rowed for fishing my boats (16' flat bottom). Last year I rented a two man cat and floated from the bridge down to the take out on the Willow. There was a log jam with a shoot on the river left that I didn't recognize until too late. Was able to pull to the middle of the jam/island and portage fine but could have been spooky if I had gone right.
I found handling the craft fine and wish to get into it with the wife but viewing the river from water level and from Google Earth or topo maps are not the same. I have a concern that I would blow past a takeout I wanted to target. Best case would be to float with some that has experience but that is not always available.
Any advice for the uninitiated?