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PostPosted: Mon Jun 11, 2018 3:44 pm    Post subject: Float Tube Tactics Reply with quote

In the introduction, Rich' wrote the following about tubing and it makes a very sound point . . ."It allows a whole new access to areas previously unavailable to either bank or boat anglers."

The great majority of fisheries are, by their very nature, exposed bodies of water and most experience a prevailing wind that results in some banks being more favourable to and favoured by bank anglers. The great majority of anglers are right handed casters and, as a consequence, favour the bank where the wind quarters from left to right, giving some assistance to casting and keeping line and flies away from ears, nose and eyes. Banks where the wind is moving from right to left are often bereft of anglers particularly if the wind is even slightly onshore. This is where the float tube comes into its own . . .



The diagram above shows how it's possible to accurately position the tube and fish into the bank, holding station by gently finning or by slowly moving upwind, prospecting until fish are located. One of the key features of fishing from a float tube is the potential for what I call 'accuracy'. The opportunity to position the tube at the most advantageous angle to the wind to present the flies at an accurate depth and angle.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

This method of utilising the wind also allows a tuber to cover a virtual semi circle of water the radius of a cast length in front of him by fan casting (letting your line go on a back cast takes practice but again offers the opportunity to cover more water) of course even more water can be covered if the tube is rotated left or right. To simply cast direct in front is to dramatically reduce your chances of catching.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 26, 2018 11:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have good success with buzzers casting across the wind and gently finning the fly line into a taut curve. It allows you to stay in touch with the fly and feel the takes.
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