Boat: float tube, pontoon boat, pram.... and?

Buzzy

Active Member
There have been several interesting ideas on how to modify a float tube (@Trout Trekker, nifty!). Something I've never tried beyond adding a rod holder and mount for a sonar unit.

A float tube is a great boat and allows anglers to hike to lakes otherwise pretty much unfishable and inaccessible with a pram or pontoon boat (or motorboat - but not talking about those). Many of the lakes where I live are so ringed with phragmites you can't fish without getting onto the lake.
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A Basin fly fishing only lake, 15 minutes from the truck and you're lakeside.
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Or you can try this: 10-foot Marlon with a hard wheeled jerry rigged transport system. My float tube is beyond Herb Superb's Marlon. Trust me - this was not a fun boat to haul through the woods on a "trail" with sawed off conifers, big boulders and a significant grade change. Easy with the float tube but the launch was another story.
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At my age, trying to pick up and carry my pram is a back injury. I found a barely used trailer and modified it to fit my boat. If I can find a place with enough water to float the boat then floating it and re-trailering is a cake walk.
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You might try this trail with a pram/wheel combo but there are two fence stiles you have to negotiate.
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A pram has lots of room for far too much stuff. But I don't have to go ashore to pee.
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Rex slowly working a line of cattails and tules - able to maintain precise location and fish effectively without oars. Sweet. But - shore breaks when too cold and the need to drain the main vein.
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I love being able to anchor and stand up to cast and fight a fish.
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When the weather is brutal, I prefer staying out of the water, no float tube, no pontoon.
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Just fish porn. A small BC lake that "reportedly" has huge trout, they have eluded me and my friends.
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Mason County fish porn. Catch n release, single barbless hooks required. This fish had a barbed midge stuck in his jaw with a few inches of broken off monofilament knotted on to the illegal fly. Tsk, tsk.

Random post, meaningless.
 
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IveofIone

WFF Supporter
Pat, when I saw the title I thought this was going to be another one of those nubie questions: "Which should I buy?" The answer, of course, would have been: "All three!"
 

troutpocket

Active Member
I have cycled through many of the options. Down to “only” two at the moment. Thanks for the thoughts and photos!
 

quadradomus

Active Member
When sitting on the couch and looking at snow outside, at least I can look at some good fishing pics.
Thanks for sharing.

I cleaned house this year, got rid of 1 float tube, a Hobie Mirage drive, an Outcast framed toon, and an Outcast Stealth Pro.
Now after seeing this I feel like I’m missing something.
 

bakerite

Active Member
I haven't pulled out the 12 foot aluminum boat my wife bought me years ago when we had the "cabin" on Tetrault lake in Montana, but it is an option again now that I have Edgar II (a truck). I used to love fishing out of it with Sally, our first lab, at 5:00 AM before anyone else was up. I think I'm about due for a new tube after the losing some air the last couple of times, even after cleaning the valve. Fun times ahead after this snow we got today melts!
 

skyriver

Active Member
I mean, the word watercraft is both singular and plural, right? :D
Can't float a river safely in a float tube or lake boat so I have this:
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And some rivers are really skinny and too small for a raft. And, the lake has a gnarly launch so no good for lake boat so I have this:
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But you have to have a lake boat. And I'm not getting swallowed by a whale like that kayaker did so I gotta have this for south sound and Hood Canal:
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And I'm still young & dumb enough to hike into lakes so I gotta have this old thing (new inner tube so don't worry):
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Greg Armstrong

WFF Supporter
I mean, the word watercraft is both singular and plural, right? :D
Can't float a river safely in a float tube or lake boat so I have this:
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And some rivers are really skinny and too small for a raft. And, the lake has a gnarly launch so no good for lake boat so I have this:
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But you have to have a lake boat. And I'm not getting swallowed by a whale like that kayaker did so I gotta have this for south sound and Hood Canal:
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And I'm still young & dumb enough to hike into lakes so I gotta have this old thing (new inner tube so don't worry):
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There's no such thing as commandeering too large of a fleet... I am all too familiar.
 

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