Finns VS Oars

Chef

New Member
#1
Hello all! I have poked around some of the older posts and there was a lot of mention about using finns for pontoons versus oars.

thoughts?
 
#2
please clarify ponds/lakes or river/streams

both! for lake and pond fishing

oars to propel you long distances

fins to propel you for short distances and to keep you in position
 
#3
If you aren't using fins you're missing out on half the benefit of a pontoon/kickboat setup. In lakes I only use my oars to move between "spots" or to get out of trouble when the wind kicks up to 30mph. On trout/bass river floats it's fairly difficult to fish and float at the same time without fins to keep the boat oriented the direction you want. On steelhead floats is about the only time I don't use fins because I'm using my boat to move from one run to the next then parking and wading to fish.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#4
If you aren't using fins you're missing out on half the benefit of a pontoon/kickboat setup. In lakes I only use my oars to move between "spots" or to get out of trouble when the wind kicks up to 30mph. On trout/bass river floats it's fairly difficult to fish and float at the same time without fins to keep the boat oriented the direction you want. On steelhead floats is about the only time I don't use fins because I'm using my boat to move from one run to the next then parking and wading to fish.
Perfect explanation of the value and use of both fins and oars. Well stated.
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#7
You could get away with it...or you could find yourself on the far side of the lake, fin kicking like a madman to get back against the wind when having oars sure would make life a bit easier. Float tube, fins only. Pontoon boat, fins to fine maneuver and oars to cover distance fast is the way to go IMHO.
 

JesseC

Active Member
#9
Never argue with Ed, the only thing I might add is pay the extra for force fins, accept no substitute!
+1 for Jim and TroutPocket

I've had my eye on a set of force fins for a long time - but my scuba fins have been working great coupled with a watermaster. In a river like the yakima fins give me probably twice the amount of good drifts as I'm able to back pedal against the current while casting. It's awesome. I think on my last Yak trip I touched the oars only once when I wanted to really move through some slow frog water.

I could really see the force fins being an advantage in more technical and shallow water. My scuba fins are really long whereas the force fins stout structure would make hangups on the bottom less of an issues. I've also heard that the force fins' stroke is more of an up and down pump motion compared with the extended leg strokes of a traditional scuba fin. Those are two reasons why i'm still actively looking for a pair of force fins.
 

Stewart

Skunk Happens
#10
In my mind it isn't fins vs oars, it's fins and oars. My fishing is almost exclusively trout in rivers. I'm sure I will look closely at the force fins when I lose my current set, but for now the caddis fins that I have work fine, and they were free...
 
#11
I fish Lakes 99.999999999999 % of the time and I use both, I raely anchor and use my fins to keep me where I want to be in a breeze etc. Now to move to another part of the lake or when the winds kick up which in eastern Wash they will oars are the way to go.
 

Jim Wallace

Smells like low tide.
#12
Hey! I'm half Finnish, and I protest that some on this board are recommending using Finns for pontoons. That might sound like it could be a really cool job, but somehow, I don't think so!:rofl:
 

Brian Miller

Be vewy vewy qwiet, I'm hunting Cutthwoat Twout
#13
...pay the extra for force fins, accept no substitute +1 for Jim and TroutPocket!
I've had my eye on a set of force fins for a long time - but my scuba fins have been working great coupled with a watermaster. In a river like the yakima fins give me probably twice the amount of good drifts as I'm able to back pedal against the current while casting. It's awesome. I think on my last Yak trip I touched the oars only once when I wanted to really move through some slow frog water.

I could really see the force fins being an advantage in more technical and shallow water. My scuba fins are really long whereas the force fins stout structure would make hangups on the bottom less of an issues. I've also heard that the force fins' stroke is more of an up and down pump motion compared with the extended leg strokes of a traditional scuba fin. Those are two reasons why i'm still actively looking for a pair of force fins.[/QUOTE]I also prefer oars + fins. My Force Fins aren't the newer adjustable ones. My XXL neoprene dive/flats boots will fit in them but size 12 wading boots won't so I use the Force Fins in lakes. I have a pair of Water Master boot fins with studded felt soles that are easy to buckle/unbuckle. They have as much surface area as the Force Fins to provide good directional control (without the deep "V") but are a couple of inches shorter overall and may be less prone to catch the bottom in moving water.
 
#14
Chef, on lakes one key advantage of fins is that they free both of your hands, allowing you to immediately react to the take. A lot of fish will not give you the time to take your hands off the oars and pick up a rod. Also they have the advantage of slowing you down, which can be just the ticket when bottom dredging...
 

Blue

Active Member
#15
I even wear fins while using a motor,......steering. I have Force Fins but lately I have been using my Omega flips. Not that I flip them up much, but the flat sole makes standing on my boat deck allot easier that the nubs on the bottom of my Force Fins. But, I will never sell the FF.