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Friday, October 9, 2015

Float Tube Fins Forward

"Paddle Pusher" Float Tube Fins

Conventional Float Tube Fins
There are hundreds of float tube fins out there for drifting rivers and floating lakes. The conventional fins are for, however, propelling your tube or personal pontoon BACKWARDS and not forward. This is a great technique if you are in a river and want to slow down your forward flow. They stink however if you are in a vessel and want to fish calm water for you must learn to fish behind your tube. I personally find this very ineffective and awkward.

Many years ago, I had a pair of fins which I use for fishing small lakes that had a strap on heel plate and lateral fins. The fins were hinged and would swing the fin to the rear when you would thrust your foot forward. As you brought your foot back, the fin would open and thereby propel you FORWARD. So essentially you could literally walk through the water with ease and cover a lot of ground (i.e.. water) in the process.

Conventional Fins - Another Type
For years, I could not find this type of fin. I told an IDFFA member about them and guess what--he found some in of all places Oklahoma. They are called "Fishmaster Paddle Pushers" and are manufactured by the Fishmaster Manufacturing Company in Moore, OK. See the photo above. You can find them on the web for around $35 with an extra charge for shipping. PS-you may also see the vintage ones listed for less. They were a puke green color and I must warn you the hinges were metal and would rust after a while. Pay the extra $10 and get the new ones.

Per the blogs, reviewers say they are heavier. I do not find that to be true. They work very well and guess what? When you leave the water, you can actually walk naturally and not like a frogman for the fins stay to the side and do not flop underneath your feet. I believe if you try them you will be very happy and will not ever go back to conventional float tube fins again.

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