June 2015 | Prima Outdoor
Five Reasons to Fly-Fish in a Float Tube

Five Reasons to Fly-Fish in a Float Tube

One of my favorite spring and summertime activities is fishing small lakes out of my float tube. Living in Alaska, most people flock to the river to snag salmon leaving the lakes practically empty. Nine out of 10 times I prefer the solitude of fishing for small trout rather than the combat fishing that comes along with swinging for salmon. On a warm, sunny day nothing beats a day on the water in a float tube. 1. Access Fishing out of a float tube is the ultimate access to small lakes. Float tubes give anglers an edge in many ways. From shore, anglers are limited by their casting abilities; in a float tube, using flippers, anglers can position themselves as close or far away as their casting talents allow. In lakes featuring thick brush and trees with limited amounts of shore, a float tube allows you to fish spots you couldn’t ordinarily get to. Not only are you able to access every inch of the lake in a float tube, they allow you boat-like access to lakes that are too small for boats or lack launches. For lakes off the road system, there are float tubes that pack up light and compact enough to hike into remote mountain lakes. Float tubes allow you to get off the beaten path and explore lakes away from the crowd.   2. Casting Without a doubt, one of the most frustrating learning curves for any new fly-fisherwoman is spending hours untangling knots and fishing flies out of trees. When I was first learning to fly-fish my father had the foresight to sit me...