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Old 05-13-2019, 04:53 PM   #1
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Out and About: Musings on fly fishing

Here's an object lesson in why fishing black leeches is a good idea. And here's a representative one of maybe 30 caught and released to catch another day.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:51 PM   #2
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Very nice. Matching the hatch! There appears to be sunshine in that picture. With this weather we are having it may be a long time till we see it again.
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Old 05-13-2019, 07:18 PM   #3
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Man that's just awesome. Did you get another float tube? That doesn't look like a Trinity.
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Old 05-13-2019, 08:18 PM   #4
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Man that's just awesome. Did you get another float tube? That doesn't look like a Trinity.
Yes. A Wilderness Lite Backpacker Pro. Three pounds, two ounces, less than half the weight of my Trinity.
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Wow that is very light. How do you like it compared to the Trinity? Do you sit in the water with it or on an air cushion? Thanks.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:04 PM   #6
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Wow! Nice biggie VT! I don't catch 30 fish in a year sometimesÖ like the black leech photo..a must have in the fly box when fishing those adk. ponds!
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Wow that is very light. How do you like it compared to the Trinity? Do you sit in the water with it or on an air cushion? Thanks.
It has a somewhat bogus seat option - a Trekology inflatable pillow that somewhat fits and keeps your derriere out of the water. A purpose-built slightly thicker seat would be a good option and I'm going to design one that will work for me.

Pro's:
The tube is very lightweight and the material they make it out of sheds water. That's a joy when hiking out at the end of the day.
It's fast and easier to propel than the Trinity.
It also has lots of storage room! A very nice change from the Trinity.

Con's:
Small valves mean it takes a long time to deflate.
The position of the main bladder valve makes it difficult to get all the air out in one go. (PaulyD: What double action pump are you using??? Anybody know of a super lightweight pump that also deflates?).
The seat. At present it doesn't keep me out of the water enough.
No convenient place to put my net. I'll solve that one with a bungee holster somewhere.
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Ze Tube...
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Quick, buy stock in Wilderness Lite. Sales are about to explode!!
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These work great and get every bit of air out quickly and easily, but they're not tiny....
https://www.amazon.com/Intex-Double-...&s=home-garden
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Quick, buy stock in Wilderness Lite. Sales are about to explode!!
Ha! Just like Bob Sheedy's book after it was mentioned on this forum. Poor guy couldn't keep up with the orders.

VT I have an Outcast double action pump. Click the link below. It's not small but works well.

https://www.outcastboats.com/accesso...hand-pump.html
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Yeah I have one of those. Actually two. It weighs about as much as my new tube so itís a non starter.
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