What have you learned about float tubes?

Discussion in 'Watercraft' started by eJohn, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    In my experience, the few float tubes I've seen that actually keep your ass up out of the water extract a high price in the form of a seat made from a rigid foam block that's awkward to stow or pack.

    For me, sitting down with my boys in the water is a small price to pay for a tube that rolls up to a compact cylinder which I can backpack in to lakes that aren't choked with other fishers in pontoons, prams or canoes. If I want to sit up out of the water, I'll drag my pontoon out to a drive-in lake instead and put up with the crowds.

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  2. KerryS

    KerryS Ignored Member

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    Do not, I repeat, DO NOT leave an inflated float tube inside your pickup canopy on a warm, sunny day.:ray1:
     
  3. marcopolo

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    Or keep a fully inflated tube in your car/truck while driving over a mountain pass! Same for pontoons as a matter of fact.
     
  4. tythetier

    tythetier Fish Slayer

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    I have the Caddis Nevada. Cheap price plus you can balance it on your head inflated for about a mile before your neck gets cramped. The only adventure I have had was while I was at my favorite lake doing a slow troll when all of the sudden I hear the sound of a Piccolo Pete, I start looking around in panic thinking somone is gonna shoot me with a bottle rocket, and my buddy says "dude...thats you!!" The cork that I was using as a plug came loose and it started to deflate.

    Other than that it has treated me well!

    Ty
     
  5. tippet

    tippet hardcore flyfishing addict

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    I have a Bucks Bronco pontoon boat and 4 Super Fat Cats made by Outcast. (I have so many so that multiple family members can fish.) I absolutely love my Super Fat Cats! I do alot of lake fishing and my pontoon boat collects dust in the garage because I prefer fishing from a SFC on lakes. They are light, set-up is minimal ( I transport the tube in my warm car, then top off the tube with air when I get to the lake for reasons mentioned above), you sit high in the water, and they move extremely well with fins, even in fairly heavy wind. They cost alot, but you are paying for a well-constructed, safe product that has proven to be VERY durable. Good luck with your search!
     
  6. Porter

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    Fat Cat and Fish cat look great..never tried one. I went with the cheaper Togiak V- Tube. It's not bad...Don't care much for the fold over I get at the front from the two seperate bladders (unless perfectly placed and filled to the maximum..which can be hard)...but it tracks well. The more back support the better. Any float tube that keeps your ass out of the water (for the most part) is probably going to be a b*tch in the wind.....I have been blown into the weeds at Lenice and struggled for more than hour to get back to the other side....I actually roped (tied) myself once to one of the rock islands out there so I could stay semi-near by. My legs (chins) ached for a week afterwards. My friend had a Bucks doughnut shape tube...He was halfway under water....the wind didn't affect him as much...but I have known of him getting colder quicker in many situations.
    Good Luck :) :) :)
     
  7. Old Man

    Old Man Just an Old Man

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    I use a T/U Kennebec float tube. I got it at a great price. ($110.00). It has two pontoons. and a third which I feel does nothing but hold them together. It weighs in at about 12 lbs. It just has a regular seat so you do sit in a little water. But I'm on the large side so I guess that any type seat I would be sitting in the water. But all in all it is a great float tube and it does what the higher priced ones do. It gets me out into the water to fish in the middle of any lake.


    Jim
     
  8. earlsmith

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    on the whole tinkle thing, nothing beats an inch and a half piece of pvc, long enough to make it over the edge, just an fyi for the guys, LOL

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  9. Banzai

    Banzai FFing and VWs...Bugs & Bugs

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    :clown: would that be I.D. or Lgth?:rofl: :rofl:
     
  10. Mike Monsos

    Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    I bought the WW Griggs v-tube that was mentioned earlier two years ago at Outdoor Emporium in Seattle and give it high marks. Inflatable seat and backrest, good main valves and real comfortable for me (170#). Folds down pretty small, I store mine in a tupperware tub with the dual action pump, fins, and flotation belt. Its a great v boat for under $100!, plus the boys are high and dry
    Mike