This is the October chapter of a full-length DVD that I produced for the Colorado Division of Wildlife. It includes tactics and flies for catching larger trout in flatwater when the water begins to cool.
The early models were simple devices, consisting of nothing more than a truck inner-tube fitted with a low-slung canvas seat, where upon the angler sat waste-deep in the water and propelled himself backward with a set of swim fins.
Although simple, the modified inner-tube was a winner. It provided anglers an inexpensive method for getting fishing offshore without the hassles and limitations associated with a convention boat. Nobody appears to know or to care when the inner-tube boat was pressed into fishing service. Within days of its invention would be my guess. Continue reading