Saturday, 28 July 2012

Vision Keeper Float Tube.

Vision have recently introduced a float tube into there range, essentially a kit with everything you need to start Float tubing, i.e., a V hull float tube , Fins, inflate/deflate two way pump, a holdall to store it all, and a small puncture repair kit. Also two shoulder carrying straps that can be clipped to the base of the seat to transport and removed when fishing.

 

Vision Keeper Float Tube Kit

There are four separate bladders with this tube, an advantage i think over single bladder tubes because if one does fail whist out on the water the other three will help keep you afloat as you limp back to shore.

The initial set up took a little longer as the four bladders come separate and need fitting into there own individual places, one for each hull, one in the base of the seat and one in the backrest. Once this has been done though it took me under five minutes to set up ready to launch.

Shoulder straps fitted, tube on my back ready to go.

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The Fins supplied work reasonably well and are easily fitted over your wading boots, but unfortunately one of the lace eyelets came out straight away, so this is one part of the kit i will probably upgrade soon.

Getting into the tube is really easy, simply remove the apron and sit back into the tube, then push the hulls apart with your knees and refit the apron support bar, then clip the seat strap onto the underside of the support bar and your ready to go.

Out on the water it soon became apparent i had put to much air into the seat base as i kept slipping forward on the seat, which was also a little uncomfortable, but once some air had been released i found this tube really comfortable. The fact that this model has an inflatable seat means you sit up just out of the water, something i preferred over other models I'd tried which position you lower into the water.

When you start fishing you soon become aware of some of the benefits of float tubing, being out there on the water gives a closer look at what the fish are feeding on and also being able to position yourself to intercept fish as they track up the wind lanes is an obvious advantage.

Another advantage is control over fly speed, because by gently finning you can either speed the fly up or in my case with the dry fly slow it down for a more natural drift,  all the while staying in touch with the fly, almost like applying the brakes to your float tubes drift speed.

Then there's the freedom of where you fish, such as those areas inaccessible to the bank angler!

Fortunately this day the fish were rising, and with dung fly's being blown past my head onto the water i could see the trout eating them. A superb few hours of fishing followed.

A few pictures from the day,

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To sum it up i had a fantastic time, i can’t remember the last time i had this much fun on a Stillwater.

At just under £200 this Float tube from Vision is superb, really comfortable and very stable and providing you adhere to the safety guidelines, Float tubing is something i would highly recommend, if not just to try something different.