Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Rogue River State of Jefferson
Call me old school but for still water, it's hard to beat the U shaped float tube. The conventional frame type pontoon not only has all those hair pin clips to find their way around your fly line, but oars. While a more efficient means of propulsion, I find oars to be a PITA to contend with when trying to maneuver with fly rod in hand. Plus you've got a lot of surface area above the waterline that's effected by wind. A lot of the newer float tubes have you sitting higher, with your butt out of the water. Nice casting position but, you are still prone to being blown around by the wind.
I have an older Caddis U- tube with the light weight bladder & back pack style carrying straps. It didn't originally come with that light weight bladder, but Caddis very graciously swapped it out at little or no cost. I don't remember, it's been a long time. I fabricated a riser out of 2" thick closed cell foam that takes the sag out of the seat while sitting me up a little higher. I can now move around with less effort but there is still enough of me in the water to keep the wind from blowing me around. FWIW: even tough I learned to shoot a shoot of line from a float tube, I found it not only unnecessary but often, less productive.
For moving water, there's nothing like a good drift boat. The sled guys have their advantages but I prefer the silence afforded by drifting.
I fish because the voices inside my head tell me to.