A float tube is a small, lightweight inflatable fishing craft used by anglers in order to fishing in comfort. Sometimes it is also called “belly boat” or “kick boat”. They were originally doughnut-shaped with an underwater seat in the “hole”, but modern designs include a V-shape with pontoons on either side and the seat raised above the water allowing the legs of the angler to be the only part of his body to be submerged.
Float tubes are used especially at fly-fishing for trout or lure fishing for bass. They enable the angler to fish areas otherwise not usable from the bank.
Float Tube Types
Float tubes are either “U”, “V”-shaped, or circular. A standard float tube consists of an inflated bladder inside a sewn cover providing the seat, reserve air compartments, and tackle storage pockets. Many float tube anglers customize their crafts with rod holders, lights, and electronic fish finders.
The angler generally wears stocking foot chest waders and scuba diving flippers, so his legs remain dry. Seated in the float tube, he paddles across the water with a gentle movement of the flippers, then remains still over the chosen fishing ground. An alternative to diving flippers is the “paddle-pusher”, or “duck fins.” These fins strap onto the angler’s feet and have paddles situated on the outsides of the ankles. The paddles fold back when the leg moves forward and open when the leg moves back, allowing anglers to move forward in a somewhat less efficient but more natural walking-type motion. – quote from Wikipedia
There is a competition in the United States for fishing in the float tube, which is the largest in the world, organized by Sonoma County Belly Boat Club. In the States there are numerous clubs encouraging fishermen to use float tubes. There is also a British Float Tube Association.
In South Africa, bass fishermen organize the Kick Boat Bass Challenge, logically, a competition for bass fishing from float tubes.
Fly Fishing in a Float Tube Videos
Here’s a nice guy showing how easy is to use a float tube.
The model he used is priced on his website with just (AUD) $550.
Down here you have two nice catches somewhere in Sweden.
It looks exciting to fly-fish with such a device, which is actually a small boat. I hope you liked this short presentation 🙂
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