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Old 03-20-2016, 01:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default First time float tube fishing

So I think I'm ready to head out in my tube for the first time. If anyone that uses a tube would sharing the things that gave you "ahh, shit" moments the first few times you left shore, the accessories you believe are worthwhile/essential, general pointers, etc would be super appreciated.

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Old 03-20-2016, 02:33 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Having some sort of an inflatable pfd is a good idea.

Don't drink too much liquid before you go out.


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You should position yourself so that you can walk backwards into the water after putting on your flippers. Don't attempt a steep angle of entry into the water. Same thing when exiting. Flippers promote faceplants if you try to walk forwards. Inflate the chambers firmly but be aware that the heat of the sun can cause over inflation with potentially ripped seams- especially in the heat of the summer. Fears of tipping- even in high winds and waves- over are generally unfounded. Relax! It's much better than being shorebound.
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Thanks guys. I had planned the entry/exit that way(I've experienced to opposite attempting to take a backwards step in snowshoes and I more or less crumbled to the ground) biological imperatives had not really occurred to me, I'll skip the coffee on float mornings at least until it's warm enough that I won't pee right into the bottom of my waders
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Old 03-20-2016, 04:57 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Brian I have a few neoprene life jackets that should fit you if you don't have one yet.

Peeing in your new waders is how you break them in!
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The twin-chamber tubes, such as the Fish Cat, have a small cargo area behind the seat. First time out, I made the mistake of thinking that area would stay dry. Nope. Obvious in retrospect, but I left a bag back there that wasn't supposed to get wet.

I've also heard of several people losing the tube by failing to tie it down properly in the bed of the truck. Probably wasn't going to be you, but never hurts to put that on your mental checklist.

Enjoy your new rig...
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If you keep fish, keep in mind that the dorsal fin of most fish (walleye, bluegill, etc) can and will puncture the tube if you just drape a stringer over the side of the tube. When this happens, you must paddle very, very fast.

I use a fish basket (which may be illegal at certain local fisheries like Aurora Reservoir).
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When and where you gonna go? with enough notice id gladly join you.
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When and where you gonna go? with enough notice id gladly join you.
Haven't made plans yet but most of the time I work near you, 128th and Zuni, if you have places close to home I'd be up for that but cherry creek, Quincy, Barr, Aurora, Milavec are close options that I'll probably try
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Brian I have a few neoprene life jackets that should fit you if you don't have one yet.

Peeing in your new waders is how you break them in!
Appreciate the offer and I'll definitely take you up on it. Can't wait to float next to you and the kids when the canoe is ready
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