Okay, we have had our first meeting. It was evident that there is a variety of fishing interests. For that reason we will not be restricting our fishing get-togethers to everybody-invited or everybody-on-one-water sessions. Instead, it is anticipated that there will be "sub-clubs" within our larger organization...composed of tubers and tooners who prefer certain waters or certain styles of fishing. With that in mind, I am setting up this sticky thread for members to introduce themselves and to outline their personal preferences...just like we did at the first meeting. That will allow others to identify like-minded members and give them links for PM contacts to set up fishing trips on their own. In posting your personal profiles, try to mention the area you live, your favorite fishing holes, the type of craft you use, your preferred style of fishing and your favorite species. Right next to this post will be another sticky for the purpose of allowing members to post up planned trips or to seek fishing buddies. In this time of high gas prices...and everything else...it is great when we can ride share and split costs. Plus, it is also more enjoyable to have someone else to fish with...at times. Other times, not so much. But at least you will have the option of whether or not to post or reply.
That is a good story too. Now I know why I commented that you are an engineer. lol There are several ways to do something right in fishing.
The hoodie string technique is rarely mastered by mere mortal anglers. Sounds like you have taken it to a higher level. Just be careful you don't get "sensitive" parts of your anatomy in a rapidly whirling spinning reel bail. That can smart. Don't ask me how I know. Okay, I revealed your first fish story. Now here's one on me.
I like that story. Not much has changed since then on the hoodie string technique except for the fact that I have to back (fin kick) a half a mile to get to shore in order to bring in my fish when my hoodie string gets caught in my reel and then try to gracefully dismount my tube
Of course I'm proud (and envious) of your angling accomplishments. I have enjoyed a few of those my ownself. But you have taken your skills and abilities far beyond anything I ever taught you. Just so you don't get too puffed up...and so the other members of the board don't assume that you were born an accomplished angler...here is a short story I wrote a long time ago.
Well a book might come later, as you reflect back on your life and where you have been and what you have done. I took a stab at it a few years ago when I posted this article on BFT but I wasn't very good at it. http://www.bigfishtackle.com/...p_to_Alaska_311.html
Should I give the blame or the credit? hhmmm Well blame compliments shame and I am not ashamed of my TubeDad. He is a well accomplished angler, husband , father, author,consultant and engineer. I think the people from India call that a "Guru". The fish in the Rivers, Lakes and Streams ask "Him" for advice just as I have done over the years. I did not think of writing any books other than the fishing diary that I have. (Another piece of wisdom attained from my TubeDad) I did fail to mention in my previous post that I tie my own saltwater flies for my Fly and Speycasting adventures. I have done a few floatillias with local and distant members and never turn down the opportunity to have another.
Better be careful Steve, your going to have your old man blushing with pride, not that any dad wouldn't, with your accomplishments, like father like son I guess. Have you started writing any books yet?
Better late than never. My name is Steve. I am TubeDudes son. I live in Southern California. I have been through waters all around the US and other parts of the world. I do love the waters in Idaho and Utah. I mostly fish Saltwater......Yes...Float tubes do work in the ocean and require careful planning before going out to keep it safe. I do Spin, Baitcast, conventional, Flyfishing and Speycasting. I have been Tubing since 1978 when my dad (Tube Dude) passed on once of his old donuts to me. I still have that donut. Since then he also gave me a Caddis U boat. I later purchased an Fish Cat 4, a pontube and a pontoon. My favorite fishing area is the Pacific Ocean or The Big Salty Pond, as we call it. I go for any of 300 local species. I have used many of TubeDudes ideas for my pimped out tubes. Rod racks, vertical and horizontal, fishfinder olders, bait boards and many other tricks. My fishing is currently limited to the days that end in "Y".....Monday, Tuesday....etc
Welcome aboard Randy. It was good to see you at the first meeting. Loved the video of the giant weedeater. Any still pics or video files you could post? Shoot me a PM and I will get you some info that might help on your piscatorial quests.
Randy Kaufman West Jordan, Ut 1980's Browning float tube I am very interested in fishing for warm water species such as walleye, perch, crappie, bass, and bluegills. It is my goal to catch a walleye from the float tube at Utah Lake this year. Willing to share rides to the areas lakes. I usually fish on the weekends as I am busy with kid activiities most nights. With proper planning anytime is possible. Need to find a good location for catching small fish so that my girls can have fun too. They have no patience. I would alos like to learn the rules and regulations for using frozen live bait for these species as well. I have a working interest in creating/improving fishing access at Utah Lake, Bear Lake, and the Jordan River. If you have any comments on this issue please let me know.
Name: Marty Live in Heber Likes all kinds of fishing for all species. Still learning even though I have been fishing most of my life. I fish from a SFC or and ODC 420. Recently purchased an XR1 that I will be setting up this weekend. Make most of my own rods, all my own jigs (except what TD graciously throws my way) and I can't tie a fly worth a damn. But I have friends that can ;-} Favorite waters: I guess it would be Jordanelle and Utah Lake. I'm not sure they are my favorites but I fish those 2 waters the most followed closely by Deer Creek. Recently retired again (this time for good) I prefer to fish during the week. But do spend a lot of weekends with friends and family on the water.
Catcherman, if we get one together I have a couple pontoons, maybe we can work this out...(I have a few fly rods too)
Name: Trevor Thomas Location: American Fork Favorite places: Utah lake, Jordan river, Deer creek, Starvation, Boulder Mt. Favorite species: anything that'll bite! Style: mostly jigs, but a little of everything. Never flyfished but have been dying to learn! Craft: I have a. 9 ft. SOT kayak and an old caddis donut but am hoping to get a pontoon sometime this year when i get some money. When: i work most nights but am available everyday until 4 ish with the occasional night off. I grew up in utah mostly fishing streams but the last few years have got serious about fishing for all species and all waters. I would enjoy going on some floatillas and such with other members.
Guess I better put myself on the board. Most of the regulars already know what I'm about but for the sake of newbies and posterity: Name: Pat (as in down pat) Residence: Taylorsville, UT Retired but active. Tie flies, make lures, build rods, pimp tubes and toons and even go fishing sometimes. Prefer fishing weekdays but been knowed to fish less crowded spots on weekends. All tackle and all species. Love 'em all. Been float tubing since 1958...one of the early pioneers. Gone through a bunch of different makes and models over the years. Currently own Fat Cats and Super Fat Cats. Wife (TubeBabe) fishes with me a lot, whenever she is not traveling down to Arizona or over to California...to see friends, kids and grandkids. I let her take care of that stuff while I go fishing more. Sometimes prefer solitary fishing but also enjoy mini floatillas with small groups of fellow floataholics.
Well here is mine: Name: Kevin Anderson Live at: North Salt Lake Craft(s): I own two Leigh Pontoons, a caddis u-boat, and three caddis round boats. The wife uses an outcast FC4. Like to fish pretty much any where but my favorite may be Starvation Reservoir. Species: ANY Been fishing since I was a kid and introduced to tubes in 1995. Since then I have really had fun. Pimped out my toons and got the family involved. Love to fish anywhere and after any species.
Name: Bud Hobbs Location: Draper Prefered catch: catfish, bass, slimmers Style: spinning and baitcast Best time: weekends or late in the day during the week I got my float tube last year and would love to go more places with it. I grew up in lehi and love to fish UL and the jordan river. Starvy is becoming a new favorite to me within the last year. My home away from home is fish lake I would go deer hunting there with my family for as long as I can remember and love to fish it.
Name: Brent Wilson. Location: West Jordan Best Day: Weekends right now Preferrred Species: Walleye, Perch and Crappie but love trout and almost any other game fish in Utah. Preferred Fishing: Spinning, Love fishing jigs, crank baits. I work so weekends are my best bet for fishing. I can make arrangements on occasion for weekdays. I have a V boat style tube that I still need to add a few of TDs upgrades to. I usually fish within 2 hours of home
Name: Joni "Fly Goddess" Location:SLC, UT Best Days: Any but after 11 on Mon, Tue, and Thurs Preferred Species: "preferred" is Trout, but anything else to Willing to try: new places and flies Preferred Methods: Fly Fishing Stillwater is my favorite, but I enjoy rivers every chance I get. I grew up in Idaho with the Snake River in my back yard. Started fishing basically Tenkara style at 5. Floated and fished the snake from a tire tube , but then I got my first donut float tube in 1982. WOW what a concept. I then wanted power and bought a small tube designed to hold a battery and a motor. Worked great except you had to be in at least a foot of water and as owners of donuts know, no easy task with fins on to get in a tube in the water. I have been through a fleet of tubes and toons since. I have two X5's, a Renegade, an Assault XX and an Assault at this time so I can accommodate guests.
Name: Brian Haymore Location: South Jordan UT Best Days: Weekdays (with a day or two head notice) or Weekends Craft: Freestyle H3 Tube Preferred Species: Most anything really... Preferred Methods: Spinning Jigs/Lures Current Favorite Location: Starvation I grew up here in Utah fishing the Uintah lakes near Washington or fishing on Strawberry. I got to do a little stream fishing mixed in there as well. This was mostly a mix of bait fishing, trolling, fly fishing (both bubble on spin rod and a fly rod) and some spin lures. About 7 or so years ago as my oldest son was getting big enough to do some fishing I started to get interested in trying to learn more about fishing for non-trout species. I was also introduced about 5 years ago to pontoon fishing from a friend that took me on the river below Flaming Gorge. Now I find myself fully addicted to float tube fishing and very much enjoying fishing for really any species of fish. I also very much like the social aspects of fishing with others. Learning about new places, techniques and sharing anything I can offer back. I'm always open to the possibility of having others join me on a trip or the opportunity to join in other's plans. Sharing a ride saves $ and makes for some good conversation.
Name: Brandon MacFarlane Location:Provo, UT (Soon to be Saratoga Springs) Best Days: Friday, Saturdays, and Sundays Preferred Species: Trout or Bass Willing to try: just about anything Preferred Methods: Spin or bait casting but am very interested in Fly fishing I usually like to stay withing an hour to an hour and a half of home but if we can plan it ahead of time I am up for almost anywhere. I love being up in the Unitas and would be interested in a weekend backpack trip to some of these high lakes for some nonstop fun during the summer. I love catching bass too. Trips to Southern Utah's Sand Hollow may be in the future for that. If you have some time shoot me a PM and lets get out and at least "fish" for something. The "catching" makes it all that much better!
I guess I will be first up... Name: Craig Peacock Location: Riverton UT Best Days: Weekends or Weekday Evenings Preferred Species: Trout Willing to try: Catfish/Bass Preferred Methods: Jig or Fly I like to backpack in to more remote lakes with scenery, wildlife, and trout. I prefer Tiger and Brook trout but any trout is a good trout. I spend a lot of time in southern Utah at the Boulder Mountains. I fish out in the unita basin, and lately have been spending time on the manti. I have 4 wheelers and 2 float tubes open to trade trips to learn different species. Shoot me a P.M. if you want to fish.
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