Float Tube Fishing

by Cecilia "Pudge" Kleinkauf

surprises me that so many people who fish with a fly rod have not yet tried fishing from a float tube. Many of those folks tell me that is because there are so many different models and types to choose from that they don’t know how to judge which might be the best for them.

Once you get introduced to float tubes you’ll see that they enable you to fish a lake or pond by yourself, and that the peace and quiet you’ll encounter will enable you to do some wonderful wildlife viewing too. Ducks, swans, beavers and sometimes even moose, deer, river otters and more are just there waiting for you.

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One day while fly fishing from my float tube at a lake that takes a little work to get to, I met a loon family that kept me entertained for nearly an hour. Mom and Dad and two chicks, just a few weeks old, were swimming quite close to me so they could see if I was catching any fish. The adults were quick to pursue the fish I released. I realized that they must have learned that this was a catch and release lake, and were making the most of it. I could see them swimming right below my flippers.

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