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    Default Float Tube on a Canal

    Hi,

    I have some local deep and wide canal with good heads of perch and pike in that i would like to target from a float tube. Has any one used a float tube on a canal before ? Does any one know about canal and river trust regulations about float tubes as i can not find anything on their web site about it.

    thanks

    George,

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    According to the website :
    https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/enjoy...sitor-licences

    You need a licence and 3rd party insurance but are exempt from a safety certificate
    Membership of the BFTA I believe does include cover but with restrictions

    From their site
    I can now confirm that the BFTA is fully insured for Third party Liability claims up to 5.000,000. This insurance through the RSA company, will cover members for all 'normal' float tube fishing activities on inland reservoirs and still waters. The policy applies when fishing as fully paid up, card carrying, BFTA members who are fishing under the auspices of competitions or legitimate meets etc. Fishing on the sea or on rivers is not covered!

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    I have nothing to add by way of expertise etc, buy I'd like to watch - which canal is it, out of interest?

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Slow moving rivers are easily tackled from a float tube although you should obviously avoid areas where boats are likely, particularly narrow parts where passing may be a problem. How are you planning to get in and out of the tube on the canal? Are there shallow areas where you'll be able to do this as a lot of canals tend to have a fairly uniform deep cross-section even towards the banks. Slow moving rivers are a lot more forgiving with shallows to help launching and landing but I'd make the same proviso about boats.

    I've fished the River Thames at Chertsea and also the Ancholme in Brigg, North Lincs, from my tube for pike and perch and the main problem I encountered was a build up of weed on the Ancholme that occasionally got in the way of the fins so keep an eye open for that. I was using spinning gear as well as fly on both occasions so you need to be vary careful of flying hooks and it's worth taking stout Tupperware boxes to fit into the tubes pockets to put the lures in otherwise you could be facing an embarrassing puncture.
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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    I have scouted about 3 places i could easaly get in to the canal its about a 2' drop in to 2' of water its about this depth for 5' out from the bank before dropping away to 15' at its deepest. Its a wide section that could fit 4 boats abreast with space to spare so conflict with boaters should be limited.

    Its on the knottingly and goole canal.

    looks like i will be needing to join BFTA and get a boat.... and some fins.

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Do you still get big boats on that canal? Not sure I would be in there tbh (but I'm a bit of a coward all round!)

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Quote Originally Posted by flymonkey View Post
    I have scouted about 3 places i could easaly get in to the canal its about a 2' drop in to 2' of water its about this depth for 5' out from the bank before dropping away to 15' at its deepest. Its a wide section that could fit 4 boats abreast with space to spare so conflict with boaters should be limited.

    Its on the knottingly and goole canal.

    looks like i will be needing to join BFTA and get a boat.... and some fins.
    Well, I'd be a touch uneasy given the dimensions you describe, particularly regarding egress, although I'd have to see the canal for myself before commenting further. However, if you feel comfortable then, in the death, it's really down to your own judgement. I'd certainly make sure I was wearing fins that I could put on and remove whilst still in the water as trying to scale what amounts to a 4ft ledge with them still on would be dangerous.

    The fins that usually come with float tubes are very often not designed with this in mind so you'd be well advised to visit a diving shop or centre (with your stocking foot waders so you can get the correct sizes) to purchase a proper set of lightweight diving boots and easily removable fins. I use a pair of IST Talaria split fins with a spring strap that I can easily put on and remove once sat in the tube. These have served me well for over 10 years now.

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Small open canoe might be a good option? You can move quickly out of the way and you have a 'hard' shell. You can also lash yourself to a mooring point and stand up and out. I can't imagine getting out the water from a tube unless I can get my feet on the ground, or at least a shallow bank to drag myself onto.

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Quote Originally Posted by Sunkistbob-SKB View Post
    Slow moving rivers are easily tackled from a float tube

    I've fished the River Thames at Chertsea and also the Ancholme in Brigg, North Lincs, from my tube for pike and perch :
    I hope you were fully insured for 3rd party risks and with the appropriate licence Richard !

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    Default Re: Float Tube on a Canal

    Canals are narrow and shallow, why on earth would you want to use a tube or boat? Walk along the bank.
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