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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Float Tube Chronicles


Caddis High Sierra II - Author's Choice
The honest truth is in my opinion, the only float tube worth owning is round like the old inner tube. There are hundreds of different tubes out there, but most are in the shape of a horseshoe and work well in ONE direction—BACKWARDS. Maybe that is why float tube fins propel you in only ONE direction—BACKWARDS. 

In my lifetime, I have used and owned multiple float tubes. And in my opinion, the old inner tube kind is the only one which provide you with the mobility one needs on the water. It doesn’t matter whether you are trying to navigate a small pond or moving river, round rules. The only downside of which I can think is they are a little more difficult to control in very rapid water.

On a recent trip to the Green River in Utah, many had float tubes in the horseshoe and pontoon shape. They used conventional fins to slow them for fishing, but if they really wanted to hit a specific spot they had difficulty and most simply just floated right by. If you ever try the type of tube recommended here, with the fins suggested in my next post, I don’t believe you will ever go back to horseshoe or pontoon style tube with conventional fins.

Here is the one I use—the Caddis Sports High Sierra II float tube. It costs about $80-$110. It is sold by multiple vendors on line. Shipping is nominal for it only weighs 6 pounds. A small plastic hand pump is all one needs to inflate in 5 minutes, so it makes a perfect partner for high mountain lakes whether by foot or horseback. This Idaho Fly Fisher swears by it.

Big Horn Brown
 
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