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FLY TV Squeeze – Beginner’s Guide to Belly Boat/Float Tube Fly Fishing

FLY TV Squeeze – Beginner’s Guide to Belly Boat/Float Tube Fly Fishing

Hi and welcome back to FLY TV Squeeze! I am Daniel Bergman.
– And I am Pontus Sjölund. We thought that Pontus should try fishing
from a belly boat for the first time. I have watched you fishing when filming
for the FLY TV episode about trouts. It just looks so much fun.
– It is, I can tell you. The casting you already have
under control, more or less. Niklaus taught me about a month ago
when we fly-fished for pike. You can watch that film down here,
via this link. That was about a month ago.
I can cast, but I am not a pro. But I can get the fly out.
– Exactly. I thought I would go through some basics
when you are fishing with a belly boat. It is almost just to jump in, but there
are a few tricks to use to make it easier. Let’s get these babies in the water.
– Yeah, sounds like a plan. Put the flippers on.
– Just put them on the wader shoes? Maybe after they are in the water. It is sort of hard to walk with them. Especially in the water. Are there any handles or something?
Or is it just to grab them wherever? You have handles on the inside,
but just get it in, it is not heavy. It is really light actually. It makes it possible to bring it out
even when you are out with a chopper. First of all, take the line tray away. And get in. Did you leave your flippers on the shore?
– Yes, I left them there for you. Stay put. I will get them. This does not feel that effective.
Without the fins. Maybe I should tie them. Just like that. Perfect. I feel like a duck.
– Yeah, you look like a duck. We will start with this.
Are you a right or a left hand caster? Right.
– Right hand? We will put the rods facing your left side,
so you do not cast over them. Then take the landing net,
just put it on top of them. It is easier to get it quick,
if you want to land a fish. Put this over your knees or thighs,
to have kind of a line tray. Does this one go down here? Normally you should have an inflatable
collar or something when hitting the water. We forgot to bring it,
but we have 68° F in the surface water. It is a small lake
and we are several guys. We will manage anyway,
but if you are going out alone… Or in November or something,
it would be a good idea. Bring a life jacket
or an inflatable collar. Let’s get out! I will get my flippers on
and get going. This was fun! Just like snorkelling.
– Yeah, it is easy. Like this?
– Try to keep the feet further down. You will get a longer stroke
and more power. You will not make as much noise
on the surface that scares the fish either. It is easier to turn
and easier to get some speed going. It becomes deeper quite fast,
so I think we should get out a little bit. Just cast out here.
– Yeah, exactly. One thing to think about when fishing
like this is to mind the wind. If the wind comes from this side,
you do not want to cast like this- -because then the line will
blow straight in your face. It is better to have the wind
in the back or on your other side. For example, we got the wind
coming from this angle now. You want to cast in either
that direction or that one. With the wind coming in from your left
since you are a right hand caster. Like this?
– Here we go! One thing you can do is
to try and keep the rod a bit higher- -than you would do if you were
fishing from a boat for pike. I am much closer to the surface now.
– Keep your rod tip high in the back cast. Otherwise it will fall down in the water
and if you are fishing a Magic Head- -it might even flip it back.
– I felt that now when I touched the water. How long did you say
you have been doing this? A month. One and a half. I had not fly-fished before,
before that time a month ago. But I have watched
a lot of guys fly-fishing. That is good.
Do as you have seen people do. I think I have caught a bit bigger fish. It might be a new personal best for trout. It seems to be
a good paddle on that boy. Good fish! This is definitely my biggest trout ever.
It is a long nice fish. It is just awesome to catch
this one from a belly boat. In the middle of nowhere. Bye bye, baby. This clear water is just awesome. Come on. Fish on!
That one looks bigger. It is a better fish. Is it a really good one?
– Hard to say, they are so strong. Look at that paddle! It is great to catch
a fish like that from a float tube. Come on, baby! That is a big fish. Look at that guy! It is a real beauty.
– You took it on a Magic Head? They seem to like these Magic Heads.
– I wonder how old this guy is. How long has he been swimming around here?
– He has been swimming here for… Maybe longer than you have been. Subtitles: Daniella Falkman Twedmark

29 comments on “FLY TV Squeeze – Beginner’s Guide to Belly Boat/Float Tube Fly Fishing

  1. Tjena! Ja är en pöjk från värmland som spänderar nätterna innan skolan och kollar på era fiske videos, grymma! Den sista jag såg var när viktor fick följa med er ut å fiska efter han pb. En fantastisk bara video. Mina mungipor fasnade nästa uppe vid öronen!
    Här är ett förslag från mig 🙂
    Att ni väljer ut några ungdommar som inte riktigt har fått den där dröm gäddan, som ni tar med ut på tur och fiskar lite. En serie som jag skulle älska att ha med här på youtube.
    Men det är bara ett förslag.
    // Atle 15, ifrån Arvika
    Svar på ide'n skulle va skit kul 🙂

  2. Great video; thumbs up.  I think you'll enjoy your float tubes more if you use flippers from Caddis or Outcast that are made for belly boats instead of the swim fins. 

  3. So sad that you just have 25k followers, the way I see it you make the best fishing videos and guides world wide…:( Great videos and greetings from germany 😀

  4. What flies do you use for still water?  Wooly Buggers, Nymphs, streamers, Buzzers?  I have the hardest time catching trout from lakes fly fishing.  You two make it look so easy.

  5. Thanks for the video as I'm looking at buying either a float tube or an inflatable pontoon boat. The tubes are easier to carry, but the pontoons give you greater stability/carrying capacity. Probably end up buying both so I have a wider option of different waters to fish.

  6. You guys always do great videos. I have several float tubes and kayaks, but I rarely use them now since I have a Pontoon boat. Toons are the most versatile single-man craft in the world. You can Drift rivers and FF(this is where they really shine), FF all Stillwaters, etc. The oars allow real torque in the rowing backstroke on rivers allowing complete contol. Also finning with feet is similar to belly boats on stillwaters. Finning and trolling with Skagit sink tips and heavy weighted flies is awesome and relaxing. I throw in an occasional change of direction, Skagit cast from 8136 rod to lift fly out. I am trying to promote a "fish anywhere", "cast anywhere" from Toon style. I use Scandi and Skagit rigs from 8136 Spey rod on stillwaters AND on rivers. Overhead casting of heavy flies and sink tipson stillwaters is a PITA on 9' rods. (particularly from belly boat). Dry flies are not a problem, but fish feed subsurface 80% of the time. Overhead side-arm casting from a belly boat is very hard on the shoulder joint!
    I would love to see a video series on Toons, Stillwater Spey casting(Skandit) and rigs, trolling those rigs and occasional change of direction. Catching Bass (including stripers) with fly on stillwaters is awesome. Good Luck!

    Please have your students put their fins on first, about 20-30 ft away from water, and then make sure to film them trying to walk. Use the footage for outakes etc. A sort of "rookie initiation"! What a hoot!

  7. Those kind of fins are a PITA. The step in type with one strap are far easier. I have found that one strap is sufficient. I like to get in and out of fins in a few seconds. Forget fins that lace, fins with 3 plastic buckle straps, and fins that are made for divers with strap around back. Of course, IMO.

  8. Learning to Scandi/Skagit cast (basically just roll casts that change direction) really helps understand casting and wind direction. The "dangle" position on stillwater is whereever the line is straight out. Long spey rods really work great from toons and belly boats.

  9. and…small remote lakes, in the middle of nowhere Sweden, with minimal fishing pressure, full of Brown Trout (I think), is where belly boats really shine because they can be packed in. Good Luck!

  10. are the round belly boats good i have one it is set up like yours but like i said its round have had it for a good while but have yet to use it lol it made by bass pro shops

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