Fins

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by jordan101, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. Rick Todd

    Rick Todd Active Member

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    I'm in the Force Fin camp, but probably mostly because I fin rivers more than stillwater and the shorter FF's work better on the river. Also, the turned up fin makes it easier and more stable to stand up in the river and fish good looking water without getting out of the pontoon and wading. I use mine over wading boots in moving water and over scuba boots in still water. I have some fins for scuba diving and will give them a try next time. Rick
     
  2. troutpocket

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    I also use Force fins . . .but I bought mine for $75 almost 10 years ago. They are the adjustable type and fit over my size 13 lightweight boots just fine. The straps and buckles are still in great shape after many days on the water. If I were in need of new fins, I'd be investigating the scuba fin option . . .but the Force fins do the job.

    Another consideration is that I usually fish out of a Watermaster and use oars when I want to move more than 50 yards. My fins are for holding position and moving short distances. . . I don't troll much so I'm usually rowing into an area I want to fish then either anchoring up or casting/stripping. I occasionally fish out of smaller inflatables that require 100% foot power and am always a little dismayed at how slow and inefficient those boats feel (even with FF) in comparison to my Watermaster with oars.
     
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  3. triploidjunkie

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    I quite using fins about four of five years ago in my pontoon. Like troutpocket, I almost never troll. I just anchor up in spots I like and cast. I don't think I even have a pair of fins anymore.
     
  4. Tim Lockhart

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    Agreed the choice was much simpler when I bought mine for $104. Soon after I heard rumors that the price was going way up . Then my neighbor tipped me off that someone on craigs had an unused pair in my size for $60 (I grabbed 'em for a backup). 8 years later and the first ones are still going strong, used 100 or so times a year. Maybe something else works better but I can't think of anything to complain about with force fins. I suspect when the design was developed it got the user "95% there" and I'd be hard pressed to believe technology in a fin could make me significantly faster or more efficient. A lot of R&D for a lot of diminishing returns would seem more the case but I'm not claiming that as fact, just a hunch.

    That said, at $200 I'd probably have the same angst as others seem to be having. Then again, if I could sell fins for that much I'd do it too...good for them.
     
  5. generic

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    Not an option for me. If I had a better boat, maybe. I tried it once...bad idea. If a bird farts in my general direction, my toon spins 90 degrees. I need fins to keep it from spinning, and the line from going under my legs/toon/etc. Needless to say, I don't like my boat very much.

    I bought it new 15 yrs ago. It's a 7ft, and only has 3 ft or so of the toon on the surface of the water. It's primarily for rivers, rated at class 3 rapids. I thought that was really, really cool. Until I realized, if I'm in class 3 rapids...I'm not fishing.

    If I had to do it all over again, I'd get a more stable boat, and do exactly what you do. Until then, I wave frantically at birds larger than a sparrow flying towards me. :p
     
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  6. Brian Miller

    Brian Miller Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout

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    FWIW I have some non-adjustable Force Fins from the early 90s I wore over Orvis neo wading booties to give some protection to my waders. Occasionally I got painful cramps in the instep of my feet because the bootie soles are too flexible so I bought some SeaSoft Stealth dive boots that have very supportive soles. Unfortunately even the XXL SeaSoft boots aren't sized to fit comfortably over guide weight neoprene waders I use in the fall, winter, and early spring. So I've been using Outcast wading boot fins for stillwater and studded Water Master boot fins for rivers. They don't propel me as well as the Force Fins, and if I find a good fit for neoprene boots over waders I'll go back to Force Fins for stillwater.

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  7. Tim Lockhart

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    Harvey's produced exactly what you're talking about, and with good supportive soles. Mine are more than roomy enough to go over neoprene wader feet. Around here they only sold them through Kmann (as far as I know) and I haven't seen them anywhere since they went out of biz. Harvey's has offered in the past to make me a pair if I ever couldn't find them...if you ever get serious about owning some, give them a yell. Kaufmann used to sell them for 50ish bucks.
     
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    Simms has an awesome Flats boot. Hubby had a problem finding a boot small enough profile for his Omegas, These filled the bill
    http://www.simmsfishing.com/shop/footwear/zipit-bootie-ii.html
     
  9. Sinkline

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    Same pair of Force Fins for literally decades with zero problems.


    Randy
     
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    Nice thing about the adjustable FF is the neoprene upper and heel. I have had so many fins wear out wading boots or even flipper shoes.
    The Omega's are great for that too, but they are unavailable so senseless to push for them/:(
     
  11. PT

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    NRS has a bunch. I posted a link to what I use. Sz 13 was about right.