It appears that fly fishing float tubes are increasingly popular amongst fly fishermen and it is easy to see why.
Float tubes are much cheaper than other methods of getting out on to the water. They get you much closer in, are mostly made for fly fishing and allow a stealthier approach to be made. They are great for fly fishing on ponds, lakes and in the mountains. A float tube costs around $100 – compare that to the price of a boat!
What are fly fishing float tubes?
Fly fishing float tubes are basically very similar to lifejackets but have a seat built in. PVC bladders allow them to float and so the tubes require to be blown up either by hand, compressor or pump. Maneuverability is accomplished by kicking with fins, much like divers, and the fins should be included with the tube. Once in the fly fishing tube, you will find that your body is half submerged in the water so waders are essential. Because of this, practice is essential as this is not the normal posture when fly fishing.
Fly fishing float tubes usually come with plenty of storage. There should be a number of pockets that allow the fisherman to take his usual fishing gear with him. Many tubes come with rod holders, and further accessories are available and easily added to the tube at any time.
For the beginner it is recommended that open-front float tubes should be used. They are simple to work out, easy to get out onto the water and cheap.
There are a number of other types of float tubes that are available, including the traditional float tube and the pontoon float tube. The traditional float tube comes with a round shape and has an opening in the middle or front. The pontoon float tube is the up to date version and they look like miniature pontoon boats. They are specifically designed for fly fishing and so are much easier to use in every way.
Benefits of fly fishing float tubes
- Durability – Quality fly fishing float tubes are very durable. They can puncture but are easily patched. However this doesn’t happen often as they should not be used in whitewater or moving water.
- Portability – Generally weighing less than twenty pounds, float tubes are very portable. They roll up and can be easily carried in a backpack.
- Fly fishing – Float tubes are designed for fly fishing. They are very maneuverable so allowing the fisherman to cast easily in any direction.
Once you get accustomed to fishing from float tubes you will find it extremely enjoyable. They take you closer to the fish and catching a fish from a float tube is unlike any other way of fishing; you really do see eye to eye with the fish in one. You will find many fly fishing float tubes to choose from so go out and get one today.