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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...
She Loves To Fish

She Loves To Fish

By: Ashley Rae Several years ago, I found myself very frustrated in tears in a parking lot after trying to find a pair of waders for fly fishing. I traveled out of my small hometown to a larger city, which I thought would have a better selection. I was greeted with laughter from the two male associates when I inquired about waders for women. I then asked for the equivalent boot size in men’s to find that that was not an item they carried either. I told them I was just looking for something that would fit me properly and they laughed and replied I would have to wear ‘chin waders’ because they didn’t make anything for ‘little people’. It felt like a slap in the face. Introduced to fishing by a family friend, I have been fortunate to experience time on the water since the age of five. No members of my immediate family fished so it was with friends throughout my life and joining a local bass fishing club that I was able to experience fishing. Each experience and outing left me wanting more. After graduating college and having more financial stability after paying back student loans, I decided to buy a fishing kayak so that I could be independent. I wanted to fish as I pleased and didn’t want to wait on anyone anymore. I learned a lot out on my own without any time limits and being able to go where I pleased and fish as long as I wanted. Working in the Office Administration field after college for a few years, I realized that...
Hunting the Racks

Hunting the Racks

By: Jackie Bartz My dad raised me to hunt wildlife, my mom raised me to hunt for a good deal and while these two pastimes don’t often collide, they do when it comes to the hunt for the perfect gear. I’ve spent years pulling the trigger too soon on hunting and fishing clothing that later turns out to be a waste of money; usually it doesn’t hold up in the field or stand up to the conditions. Last year, I wrote down my dream list, a list of clothing and equipment I need. Through experience and advice, I’ve learned the most economical and efficient thing to do is buy exactly what you want up front. Trial and error, and cutting corners only wastes time, sanity and money, and you will eventually end up buying what you wanted in the first place. Keeping a dream list is one of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever been given, it allows me to watch for sales and purchase the items I want at a lower price (this is where my bargain hunting instincts kick in). I often find deals during the off-season or holiday sales, or on discount websites. Like holding out for the big buck on your trail camera, waiting to find the right piece of gear on sale is worth the wait. But just like with hunting, this takes scouting, patience, research and persistence. For example, finding the right rain jacket was a quest like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve worked my way through four rain jackets in Alaska. I started with a Cabela’s jacket that I liked but I...
Saltwater Escape

Saltwater Escape

By: Tricia Ricks The warm, salty breeze flowed through the window, rushing over our bed and gently waking us from our sleep. The tide laps rhythmically against the beach. This is paradise. We are only one day into our vacation and I have already lost track of the date and time. Oh well, it’s Island Time for the next six days. Bringing my coffee out to the front porch of our beachside bungalow, I take in the amazing view. Dawn is breaking over the Caribbean, and it’s as if all my favorite colors in the crayon box have melted into a postcard-worthy cliché. I scan my eyes across the flats, looking for the telltale signs of feeding fish. With no tails in sight, I gather my things and prepare for the day. Swimsuit – check. Rod and flies – check and check. Kalik in the soft cooler – double-checked! My, oh my, do I love saltwater fly-fishing! We walk the endless sand and coral flats along the edge of the mangroves looking for signs of Albula vulpes, more commonly known as bonefish. Sunlight sparkles off the ripples of the incoming tide, making it difficult to spot the well-camouflaged iridescence of our quarry. I remember to look for shadows along the sandy bottom, giving clues to their location; movement catches my eye. A shadow drifts in and out of a pool at the edge of the mangroves, betraying the location of a feeding bonefish. I cast my fly several feet in front of the dusky apparition in hopes of intercepting its path. The fly settles and I give it a...