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FlyDog 05-05-2008 08:39 AM

Float Tube Fins
I'm going to be getting myself a float tube here in the near future, Thank You Mr. Bush, but am now wondering which fins are best. I looked at the reviews in the usual places but found no real consensus so thought I'd see what info. you folks might pass my way.

FlyGal 05-05-2008 08:48 AM

Re: Float Tube Fins
My favorite are diver fins.....More power for little effort.

Joni 05-05-2008 01:28 PM

Re: Float Tube Fins
If you plan on using your wading BOOTS/SHOES, keep in mind that 90% of the fins out there will MESS YOUR BOOT/SHOE up! They wear them out on the heal and ankle.
I have had the back pack style with the cloth uppers (they fold nice and flat) and they are not abrasive to shoes, but are a small blade. Then there is the Browning style which have a toe piece you slide your boot into. The strap on the back doesn't last all that long and they are horrible on the heals of your boots.
I have finally settled for the FORCE FINS. NOT! the one that comes in different sizes, but the more expensive ones with neoprene on the top and heal of the flipper. They are also BOWL shaped to scoop the water very well and you can actually walk forward in them.
I know a lot of people that use scuba fins, but you will need an aqua sock or a flats bootie to keep from wearing out for waders and to walk on land.
I found these flippers and I am saving my pennies for them. You can wear a regular wading boot with these and you can walk forward, but you have the Scuba Length.

I still don't know about the strap across the back. I use boot foot hippers on my pontoon and my simms boots in a tube and I have replaced them both for this reason. BUT this is the third year with the FF and NO show of wear anywhere.

Ken 05-05-2008 05:48 PM

Re: Float Tube Fins
I too favor dive fins (with straps). Work great with stockingfoot waders.
My best,

doc 05-05-2008 11:55 PM

Re: Float Tube Fins
I have used many, many different fins. Scuba fins are great but can tire you legs out, the lace type fins are not even worth looking at as they don't move enough water due to the small surface area andthe large tube fins have week fastening systems. My favorites are the force fins and I too like the neo FF's but the FF's that are sized work really well too if you wear neo booties with them but don't buy a pair without first trying them on with the booties.


FlyDog 05-07-2008 08:32 PM

Re: Float Tube Fins
I ended getting the sized Force Fins but have to wait for local fly shop to order in my size.
I did get myself a Fish Cat 4 Deluxe-LCS float tube. If your looking to purchase a float tube, I'd definitly check them out.

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