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Old 04-20-2015, 12:46 PM   #1
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Float tube fins

I bought a pair of slip in float tube fins and they won't go over either pair of my wading boots (even though they are advertised they do).

I'd prefer to keep them rather than take them back and get a pair of step in ones. Any other alternatives to wading boots that work well?
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:09 PM   #2
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you wear wading boots when float tubing? just put them over the stocking foot or get a pair of crocs or water shoes. definitely not wading boots
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:09 PM   #3
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I bought a pair of slip in float tube fins and they won't go over either pair of my wading boots (even though they are advertised they do).

I'd prefer to keep them rather than take them back and get a pair of step in ones. Any other alternatives to wading boots that work well?
Gman,

Numerous threads on this topic. The end result was many of us are using Crocs. They are light, dry fast and work for walking around camp. Vtflyfish prefers pink. Mine are black.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:37 PM   #4
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you wear wading boots when float tubing? just put them over the stocking foot or get a pair of crocs or water shoes. definitely not wading boots
The last thing I owned that floated was a 19 ft. Stratus. I have had canoes but just about all my trout fishing has been in moving water. This float tube stuff is all new to me.

Thanks guys Crocs it is.
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Old 04-20-2015, 01:56 PM   #5
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i might try crocs too. right now i just use the stocking foot but thats not ideal for a number of reasons. my concern was always that crocs arent secure on your feet so do the fins stay snug?
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i might try crocs too. right now i just use the stocking foot but thats not ideal for a number of reasons. my concern was always that crocs arent secure on your feet so do the fins stay snug?
The Crocs stay on pretty well if you get the right size. You want to have to stretch the ankle strap pretty good to get them on. The fins I use (Cabelas ultra lights) have their own ankle and top buckle so they are not going anywhere.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:49 AM   #7
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I use the creek company lightweight fins and your foot basically just sits on top of the fin so a loose fitting shoe would equal a loose fitting fin regardless. I will check into the cabelas ones though because, it may just be a complex of mine, but i hate every step i take on the bare stockingfoot as i feel that i am wearing out the waders.
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The Crocs stay on pretty well if you get the right size. You want to have to stretch the ankle strap pretty good to get them on. The fins I use (Cabelas ultra lights) have their own ankle and top buckle so they are not going anywhere.
This is rich. For YEARS Glen refused to wear crocs and made snide comments about UpstateDave and I using them. He refused to give up his stupid beach sandals that were slimy and disgusting when he went to pack up. Now he sings the praises of Crocs as if he invented them...
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Old 04-21-2015, 05:21 PM   #9
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This is rich. For YEARS Glen refused to wear crocs and made snide comments about UpstateDave and I using them. He refused to give up his stupid beach sandals that were slimy and disgusting when he went to pack up. Now he sings the praises of Crocs as if he invented them...

I only objected to the fluorescent pastels you guys were wearing. The fish were fleeing the area. Mine in black however are quite tasteful and as you know from personal experience, are actual fish attractors.
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I bought a pair of slip in float tube fins and they won't go over either pair of my wading boots (even though they are advertised they do).

I'd prefer to keep them rather than take them back
Gman,

By any chance, are these the fins you purchased?
http://www.cabelas.com/product/Creek...0002927&rid=20

They were designed to accept up to size 10 wading boots.
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Old 04-21-2015, 08:29 PM   #11
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Yep....so you're telling me I am screwed? I bought the wrong fins?

Well it's ViTo and Glens fault. They were supposed to babysit me on all this but they left me twisting in the wind.
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Old 04-21-2015, 09:42 PM   #12
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Took the plunge...

I just took the plunge so to speak and ordered a new float tube (Creek 420 UL, the red one) to replace my old round Caddis inner tube model that floated way to low in the water. Added a set of Outcast Backpack fins to go with it:

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/produ...7e254c152d90fa

Supposed to arrive by 4/29 but hopefully sooner. Can't wait. Oh and also bought the clear intermediate sinking line by SA that Vt used to outfish Glenn and his son with.

This is one way to deplete the old retirement account!!
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Old 04-21-2015, 10:06 PM   #13
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Great gear info sharing...

Based on all the great gear discussions, humorous stories, photos and accounts of gear and technique "trials and errors" I hopefully can avoid some early learning curve tubing pitfalls.

Thanks guys.
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Yep....so you're telling me I am screwed? I bought the wrong fins?

Well it's ViTo and Glens fault. They were supposed to babysit me on all this but they left me twisting in the wind.
So go out and buy a pair of Crocs. Bright pink. And get a matching tutu. Trust me on this one.
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Old 04-21-2015, 11:06 PM   #15
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I can't find a tutu to fit off the rack. I'll email my measurements to Sero and have him make me one. It's iust after 11.....he should punching soon for the graveyard shift.
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Old 04-22-2015, 04:43 AM   #16
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Last yr. was my first w/ a float tube and I went on the cheap side w/ the fins, which i quickly regretted. You can't imagine how tricky the tube is w/ only 1 flipper.....
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:36 AM   #17
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Yep....so you're telling me I am screwed? I bought the wrong fins?

Well it's ViTo and Glens fault. They were supposed to babysit me on all this but they left me twisting in the wind.

These are the fins:

http://www.cabelas.com/catalog/produ...927%26rid%3D20


They will work great with the Crocs and not come off.I usually get into the water, sit in the tube and then put them on. Not fun to walk in on land.
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Old 04-22-2015, 08:40 AM   #18
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Nope they're not the ones I have. My flippers are closed with a strap in back
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Old 04-22-2015, 10:45 AM   #19
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those ARE the ones i have! i was concerned that crocs wouldnt work with them but if they work fine for you then heck ill give it a go.
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I own both kinds and they both work with Crocs.
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