ON THE LINE: Got a float tube

After spending time watching guys in float tubes catch fish all day long, and my own methods failing, I purchased a float tube not long after we arrived back home from the Northwest Territories. I was very excited to use it – so excited, in fact, I arrived at East Pit Lake the first morning at 5 a.m. and I was on the water by 5:45 a.m.

Looking back, I wish that I had a camera recording so people could watch the circus that was about to happen, my first time using a float tube. I put on my flippers and positioned the tube in the water. I remember when I was snorkeling it was always easier to walk backwards with flippers, so that’s what I did. Well, walked, slipped and stumbled was more like it. Thanks to some quick moves, I was able to catch myself before my waders filled with water. I positioned myself comfortably in the tube and did up all of the straps. And then I began flapping my fins wildly, like I had a bee in my bonnet. I probably scared all of the fish to the other side of the lake. It did take some time to get acquainted with my new vessel.

It was about 9:30 a.m. when the action finally got underway – my dry fly splashed and disappeared under the water. I sat there in awe and shock, thinking it was actually working for me, and forgot what to do next. Getting my wits about me, I began to reel in my line. Within minutes, I had my first fish from my tube.

I like this type of fishing – using a dry fly. There’s nothing more exciting than seeing your fly there one minute, and the next it’s wham, splash, boom, fish on!

I proceeded to catch two more fish before the end of the day. On my way out, I found another reason fishing is king – other fishermen or fisherladies. I had a nice chat with one and helped her with her knot. I even explained to her how most of my knowledge comes from the Internet and that I always have my phone close by for research.

Until next time, keep your rod tip up.

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