Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
You may have noticed, spey casting involves a forming a D-loop to one side of the caster. What you may not be aware of is the D-loop needs to be placed on the down wind side of the caster, otherwise the wind may blow the loop too close to the caster resulting in some nasty things happening. Should the wind change, the cast must be made from the other hand at the other end of the boat. Not a very practical scenario.
You see people casting long distances from boats, & they are usually standing to do it. There are reasons for that. First of all, the boat spooks a fish, so they have to fish from a distance. Cast & strip line, repeat. They are standing which increases their profile, so they have to fish from even further out.
All of those reasons are negated when you are in a float tube because you are in the water with the fish. They will even swim between your legs, as long as you are not moving. If you are trolling shallow water, you are kicking up the bottom as you move along with your fins. That means bugs. The fish will be following close behind feeding on the bounty. When fishing bass, you can hang a 6" bunny leech 12" off your rod tip and swim it across the surface of some Duck Weed and catch bass all day long. Stick your rod tip back in the shrubs where the fish hide, where you could never get to by casting.
Before I got into moving water & two hand rods, I spent a lot of time learning to cast 9ft fly rods from a float tube. In a nut shell here is what I learned. Casting is much easier if you are sitting up out of the water somewhat. And you get around easier too. I cut a piece of 2" thick closed cell foam to fit the seat of my float tube. Most of the time, trolling was the name of the game. I found that even though I could cast a 30ft head & shoot maybe forty or fifty feet of running line. I didn't catch any more fish than someone fishing a short line, often times less.
My set up varied from 6 wt high density shooting heads to uniform sink lines to a full intermediate line. A floating line is next to useless in still water. Only when the surface is completely still, which is rare, will you have no slack in your line. Subtle takes will go unnoticed! A sink tip line was found to be totally useless.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.
Last edited by JDJones; 12-02-2017 at 03:24 PM.