Am thinking of trying float tubing (= awaiting approval from my chancellor of the exchequer :) ), wondering what gear makes/models you all like. My needs/use conditions are:
-Want a U-shaped tube, not a round one
-Should have holders for at least two rods.
-Fish finder mount is a plus
-Enough storage space to hold the stuff I carry in the pockets of my fly fishing vest
-I live in California and would be doing little or no cold water wading or tubing. What type of waders should I get? How much do I need to spend to get something that's not junk?
-Boot foot or stocking foot?
-If stocking foot, what do you wear on your feet for walking to the water?
-Do fins fit over boot foot waders?
-What fins do you like?
-I've recently heard of kickers, not sure exactly what they are or how they work, but I gather they let you move forward in the tube. Anyone using them? How do they compare to fins for speed/mobility/endurance?
-What to wear under waders? Jeans? Shorts/swimming trunks?
-What do you do with fish you catch when in a float tube? Do you tow a fish basket from the tube, or?
-Is wind a problem when float tubing?
Anything else I should know?