some of the new float tubes these days are superlight, as are some cheap and surprising effective snorkeling fins that work great for kickin' tubes..and since the majority of fish in higher altitude, pack in small lakes tend to congregate around shoreline weedbeds or structure, not sure why you'd need anything with oars..whole lot easier to pack in the lightest tube and fin combo possible and just kick and fish..i have been toying with the idea of getting a toon that rolls up into a backpack.
any insight would be helpful. :hmmm:
I'm going to be giving it a try for day hikes. I am getting fairly fit again but I'll likely leave the beer for the return to the car.My Togiak, waders, fins, rod and fly stuff weighs in @ 14 lbs. My pack that I use with my tube loaded for 3 days weighs in at 21 lbs. That puts me in at 35 deliberate pounds for wet 3 season packing. My pack is 1.1 oz ripstop nylon wrapped inside my deflated tube with better D rings and shoulder straps.
Tell me what you come up with. Come on you watermaster guys. lets here it. I don't think you can bring a beer and be under 35 lbs. I shudder to think what a 'toon weghs in at. Tom C.
That's what I used to think. But technology marches on as a friend reminded me the other day. He's planning an overnight trip to a certain mountain lake with his float tube this summer and calmly told me that his pack would weigh 30 pounds or less. Having graduated form the same old school as you, I asked him to drop by one afternoon so that we could weigh his stuff and I could see how he packed it. Here's what he brought and what it weighed on my Harbor Freight digital scale:The thread title says "backpack." . . .While not the most practical for fishing applications, at least the guys with Curtis rafts and Alpackas will be on the water, while the float tube crowd is still trying to figure out how to stuff the float tube, waders, and fins into their pack. Ain't gonna happen unless you're totin' a 7,000 cubic inch capacity expedition pack, made for 70 pound loads.