float tube?

Discussion in 'Stillwater' started by colton rogers, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Blue

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    I am surprised you say the Donut is the most stable. That is what I hear most people drown in. Big wave or what ever, flipping you over and unable to get out or right.
    All the others, you can swim away from, but I have heard of one guy that had the ODC and couldn't unhook the apron while upside down. Did finally get head above water, but sold the tube.
     
  2. Allison

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    I've been pretty happy with a TU Togiak I bought off this forum lightly used for 80 bucks.

    That said, I spent a lot of this summer in 'toons or drift boats and would prefer either of those options when it's practical. As Captain Larry's wife once said to me, "don't drag your butt around in the water, use one of the pontoon boats!" Jeanne is right, and it gets old dragging the butt around in the water. I tried to use a round tube once and my 'nads said HELL NO! though maybe it's not as bad for the fellers.
     
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    If you can afford it, go with a small pontoon boat. Keeps you out of the water and warmer in cold weather. You can also use fins so you can use two hands while fishing. Float tubes are great for packing into high lakes but that is my only use for them.

    Keith
     
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    tippet hardcore flyfishing addict

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    I've had four Super Fat Cats and now have an Outcast Prowler. It is the ultimate floattube, especially if you like to anchor.
     
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    tippet hardcore flyfishing addict

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    I also have a top of the line pontoon boat that collects dust because I like my Prowler (and the Super Fat cats before it) so much!
     
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    Different strokes....I have an Outlaw X5 and a Freestyle H3 and sadly, the H3 collects dust..

    I like the idea of being able to row if the legs get tired or the weather changes in a hurry, which it does.

    I will admit, If I didn't have the H3 the Prowler would have probably been my next choice.
    Had SFC for years and they served us very well.
     
  7. Lakebuzzer

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    Colton, for the money you will spend on a quality tube or toon. You can own a 12 or 14' aluminum boat with a trailer. I justed picked up a 14' 1973 sears boat with two batteries, two 40 lb trolling motors with trailer for $ 400.00 and it is water tight.

    I am selling my two pontoons and my float tube now.

    Think about it.
     
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    I agree a bout is awesome and you got a killer deal, but you can do allot MORE in a tube or tune. More hands FREE fishing as the legs are holding you in place or even slowly trolling.
    You know this if you have pontoons.
    Around these parts, allot of people have a boat, throw a tube in it, cruise out to a desired spot, then anchor the boat climb in the tube and fish.

    I would love to get a small aluminum or even a Porta Boat and will at some point, but I want the GAS motor as I have electric on my Pontoon and I am limited, but then I can put a small gas on my Pontoon as well.
    Problem is. The boat is the cheap part, it's the MOTORS that cost. $1,500. for a 6 horse!!!
     
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    One advantage I see that a toon has over a boat is slow trolling in the early spring, if I trolled. I haven't found one advantage over my toon to my boat. I am more comfortable, can carry extra clothing and more gear for the day to be prepared for anything and I dont have to worry about fins and waders anymore. I can stand up and cast very comfortably, and I am 6'5" 285 lbs
     
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    True enough, each their own. I have used both and prefer the one on one hands on with my pontoon, plus I can handle it by myself.
    The only advantage I see in a boat is the no waders thing, but I own the waders, I wade the rivers, I can get out of the pontoon and fish in the lakes also...so waders are part of the clothing anyway.
     
  11. Elephant fly

    Elephant fly ...tastes like chicken....

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    Second that. The Prowler is awesome.......comfortable, light, well built, easy to kick, lots of storage and you sit almost out of the water.......kinda pricey, but a great boat.
     
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    I sold my 8 ft walker bay, so that I could get a toon. I think toons are more versitile then a hard body boat. I also have tube, I like that for when I'm lazy. It's alot easer to set up and break down than the toon. I live in an appartment, so the toon always gets broken down.
     
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    pfournier Do it outside!

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    Colton, I used my u-tube twice. Decided I wanted to stay warm, dry, carry a men's room and cooler. If you want to spend the bucks, there is nothing like a pram. Worth its weight in smiles. That is unless you wish to hike to alpine lakes. I have a Caddis u-tube and it works great! And comfortable to!
     
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    I have really enjoyed this thread. It shows what a wonderful diversity of high-quality fishing platforms are available to the stillwater fisherman that would have been almost unimaginable 25 years ago. It also shows how different platforms are the "best" solution for different fishermen, based upon their repertoire of fishing techniques and the types of stillwater they fish. For example, I spend 99% of my stillwater fishing on small lakes 150 acres or less, usually 40 to 80 acres. I fished them in a pontoon boat for years, but almost never used the oars. The Super Fat Cat (and now the Prowler) were an upgrade over the pontoon boat for me personally, because finning was even easier and faster than in the pontoon boat (which was fine with fins), there was less wind profile and it was easier to maintain my desired position in the wind with finning, and most importantly for me (being lazy) there was less preparation time spent getting ready to fish and after fishing, allowing me to already have caught 3-4 fish by the time my buddies get their pontoon boats on the water. I love to chironomid fish, and the Scotty anchorlock off the back of my prowler is fantastic for anchoring. A pram might be even better if I were just into "park and fish" fishing. However I really like to move along the shoreline, casting to shore, and this is much more readily done while finning than while rowing a pram. I have more than one friend who bought a pram, then went back to their pontoon boat or U-tube because of this loss of versatility. The round floattubes are obsolete, because they are dangerous. Being a naturally born Klutz, I almost drowned myself twice getting in and out of lakes in my circular floattube. All it takes is once.

    In summary, if you fish small bodies of water with a variety of techniques, including working along the shoreline, and rarely if ever want to row, a U-tube is best. If rowing from time to time is important, a pontoon boat is definitely best. If park and fish is your style and you don't mind not having two hands on your rod as you move from place to place or troll, and don't want to do the wader thing, you can't beat a pram.
     
  15. Colin

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    I must agree with others the creekcompany 420 is an awsome boat, i just picked one up not too long ago and it is a good boat. It sits high and comfortable.

    Good luck.