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Default Pontoon Boat Fishing questions

My sons and I are looking at some 1 man class II pontoon boats for fall lake fishing. I have a boat, and have fished from boats for years, but never a pontoon boat. I need some basic info.

Is anyone on the forum actively flyfishing from pontoon boats ? What are the advantages of one size over another ? Got brand recommendations ?

Do you store your boat inflated or empty ?

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Joni and her husband use the Scadden boats on still water and are really into it. I would send her a PM and ask to speak via phone about the boats. Those two have it down to a science.

I deflate my boats and store the tubes in the garage loft over the winter but assemble and leave them assembled May - October. Mine are Out Cast pontoon rafts and I use them for floating rivers. I don't fish from them, I use them to reach distant downstream areas. I park and wade to fish.

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Joni and her husband use the Scadden boats on still water and are really into it.

I deflate my boats and store the tubes in the garage loft over the winter
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It's not just Joni and hubby ........ I'm also a Dave Scadden fan!

I purchased the Outlaw Escape (from Cabelas, only $700 ..... I think Joni's was a grand? but she makes big bucks with the ferruled leaders ..... I don't know how to make them? so I got the cheaper 'toon) A smaller float tube / pontoon hybrid. I put mine on my car top ...... and I keep it inflated all year (I try to go fishing every day of the year)

Mine came with oars, but I like to kick so much better. It's like a tread mill for me?

Kinda slow, but when lightning arrives ....... I kick so hard I pass the outboard motors!! LOL
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I also fish from an NFO pontoon, but there are cheaper versions out there. I store mine inflated in the garage during the summer months, turn it on it's side along a wall and use a bungee cord to hold it in place. Just before it freezes I deflate it and store it inside the house during the winter months.

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i have an outcast oncilla which is a discontinued model that was made basically for stillwater fishing, though i have taken it down rivers. the pontoons are 6 ft. and the frame is a one piece that slides into loops on top of the pontoons. no straps. pretty quick set up and the tubes are double bladders. if i had the money, i'd try to find bladderless myself. keep an eye out on craigslist for good deals. a buddy of mine snagged an outcast cougar for $200 recently. if you use fins, no need for anchors on stillwater.
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Siege: I was hoping Kelly would chime in. He is over in your area and he and his sons fish the local lakes from pontoons, if he doesn't see your post, send him a pm with your questions.

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Thanks for the responses so far. We picked up 1 used 'toon and will get a couple more for sure.
Lots of fun so far, and easy to manage. It will keep us on the water, but not in the water
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Thanks for the responses so far. We picked up 1 used 'toon and will get a couple more for sure.
Lots of fun so far, and easy to manage. It will keep us on the water, but not in the water
good luck in your search. got bored and went just to the boise craigslist. veritable smorgasbord of used pontoons. this would be outstanding if it is in as good a shape as he claims. new it is a $1300 boat: Outcast Pac 800. big enough to take down rivers, but not so big it would be cumbersome on stillwater.
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Default Re: Pontoon Boat Fishing questions

A lot of good responses. No two will ever be the same as it comes down to personal preference. My son bought a cheepo from WalMart and it was just that - cheap. He has already snapped around three oars to my recollection.

Mine is a Bucks Bags Southfork pontoon and I love it. The Southfork is a bit pricey in my mind, but it has a stainless-steel frame.

My son's friend bought the setup offered by Costco and, for the money, appears to be a pretty good setup.

For stillwater the choices are as varied as your wallet. Now, it you are going to be running rivers - not whitewater mind you, but rivers such as the S.Fork Boise, South Fork Snake, Henry's Fork, etc. make sure to get something with at least 9-foot toons and a good quality oar.

When I fish my favorite stillwater I like to use both fins and oars. The oars let me pull across the pond to where I like to fish, and the fins keep me in the action.

As far as an anchor is concerned, I make sure to have one on stillwaters because if I find a great spot I can anchor up and concentrate on the fishing and not worry about finning around. Some lakes are just too deep, but if it is a windy day an anchor is critical.

I prefer Force Fins brand fins, but they are way too pricey new. I found my two pairs at thrift shops for $3 and $7 a pair - a lot better than the $190 new. Caddis makes a c=great fin that you can step into with your boots and they lace up for around $35.

I have a rod holder, but only one. I have ample pockets on both toons for lunch, drinks and gear. I also put a swivel under my seat.

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WalMart (left), Costco (right):
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Buck's Bags Southfork:
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Just my two-cents, hope it helps.

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Pontoons are the best! IMHO, the very best way to fly fish!

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