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#1 Sportsman

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 01:01 PM

A friend and I are contemplating offering float tube fishing holidays in Scotland, starting next year so may I prevail upon Elton and use this site to do a little market research.
We would offer a 3 or 4 day trip for no more than 4 anglers, which would include fully guided and escorted trips:

Wild brown trout fishing in remote hill lochs (transport in by 4wd)
Choice of rainbow / brownie fishing on stocked lochs
Pike fly fishing from a tube (you'll love this one :) )
You could pretty much choose your intinerary

We can arrange transport, including pick up from stations and airports as well as accommodation in anything from grand Hotels to farmhouse B&Bs
We would supply the float tubes, fins waders and lifejackets and if necessary the fishing tackle.
Cost would depend on itinerary
If you like catching fish on the fly, you'll love catching them from a tube, as someone once said, the m,ost fun you can have in waders! :D
I would be interested to see if the concept appeals to anyone.
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 07:41 PM

hope you do well, I still want to see you skate fishing though!! :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

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Posted 31 October 2005 - 08:29 PM

Sounds like you might have a winner there Dave.

Still like the idea of float tube fishing for pike :o

Did you get the pm i sent !!.

If not have you ever fished or heard any reports on Dalgety castle (probably wrongly spelt).
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Posted 31 October 2005 - 08:48 PM

For reports on Dalgetty Castle look here (check out the float tube forum as well)

http://p209.ezboard.com/bfishingthefly

Jim, do you reckon I can get the skate on a 3 wt or will I have to go up a bit? anyway, what size fly would you need, I only go up to a 10.

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 11:54 AM

A 3wt , thats plain silly!! youll have to go to at least a 6wt, heavy I know but some of these things go to more than 10lbs!! I will lend you 2 longshank 8s that should get you started. You can also borrow my carp net! :D

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 02:13 PM

Found this on the Scottish wild trout fishing forum.
Made me smile :)

PostPosted: Tue 01 Nov, 2005 12:10 pm Post subject: Reply with quote
Swithun and Richy (and other aspiring tuber catchers). I've been on the internet, and I've found a couple of articles on tubers

The first one in the aquarium website:


Common Name(s): Float Tuber, Tuber or Drunken Bum.

Scientific Name: Homo Sapien Awfyvulgaris.

Usual Size: From 10 stone up to around 20 stone.

Identification: Very similar to the main species Homo Sapien, but exhibits a large tube like feature around the midriff, and flipper shaped feet. Can often be identified by a smell of beer or whisky on it's breath. When in it's natural habitat, can often be recognised by copious amounts of swearing such as.. 'Bastard I missed it!!'.

Breeding: Breeds at every available opportunity. Believed to take off tube and flippers first.

Habitat: Found over a wide range of substrates, in Lochs and Lakes throughout Scotland and worldwide. A strangely day time animal. Migrates to unknown locations in winter.

Food: Top of the water feeder, with diet consisting primarily of sandwiches and mars bars.

Range: Showing a more northerly extent in recent years, it is however becoming increasingly more prevalent globally.

Additional Notes: A fearsome predator, should be approached with caution.

The next article I found on the internet.......

Catching tubers in Scoland by Phil Mabreeks

Although traditionally tubers have been caught by ledgering and shooting techniques, there has been a move in recent years to a more techically oriented approach. Whilst it is undoubtably true that tubers are ferocious and unpredicatable creatures, a tuber hunter, when well equipped and advised, can easily cope with a tuber by preying on it's savage and uncontrollable instincts. In particular it's lust for food, whisky and breeding. Professor I. Tocpish of Edinburgh university says in his book Primordial Creatures of the UK:

"A completely fearless and uncontrollable creature demonically insane when feeding and drinking".

So how do we go about catching these creatures? One technique often used in modern day tuber hunting is the ATA & ITK, in full, the 'Arouse the aggression, and induce the take method'.

First we must locate a tuber in it's normally habitat. Normally tubers will take no notice of you, as they go about their day to day business. It is therefore necessary to engage the tubers attention prior to making any cast. This is done by preying on their aggressive instinct and shouting abuse at the top of your voice.

Some of the following abuse should engage the tubers attention:

"GET AFF THE LOCH YE FAT USELESS TUBING BASTARD" a bog standard aggression raising technique.

or

"HEY YOU MIN, IM SHAGGIN' YER WIFE" preying on the creatures breeding territorialism.

or

"HEY MIN - THERE'S FREE WHISKY DOON THE ROAD" preying on the creatures insane lust for strong drink.

Now - having gained the creatures attention, we are ready to induce the take, the first part of which is the roll cast. There are different schools of thought, on which type of roll cast is best. Some say bacon, others say egg, and yet others say hamburger. In any case which ever roll you choose, ensure it either has a touch of red in it (Ketchup) or a touch of brown (broon sauce), as this will help to induce the take. Now cast the roll a short distance in front of the tuber, and twitch the roll resulting in the smell wafting towards the tuber. The tuber will be unable to resist and will take the roll. Wait wait till he starts slavering uncontrollably and the sauce is running down his cheeks.... STRIKE, and you'll have him.

As to landing them, keep a tight line, keep shouting "free whisky doon the road", and the creature will swim towards you at breakneck speed ignoring the hook in his mouth, as whisky is it's greatest weakness. As he waddles past you to try to find the free whisky, chap him firmly on the heid with your priest.

Congratulations you have caught your first tuber. Try it fried with a nice bottle of Chianti.


So Swithun, Richy, now we know how to do it - Do you fancy a tuber catching meet soon?

John

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Posted 01 November 2005 - 02:50 PM

Somebody obviously Knows you well!!!

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Posted 02 November 2005 - 08:44 PM

:) :) Best of luck with the enterprise. Hope it works out ok. There has to be a market there for that type of "adventure holiday".

If I was not so long in the tooth and set in my ways I might well have concidered it :D


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Posted 03 November 2005 - 12:54 AM

Your never too old Snatcher :)
I took up tubing at the age of 57, I find it the most relaxing way to fish.
If you ever feel like trying it just come up and I would be pleased to take you out for a taste, but If you do, I bet you'll end up loving it.
thast goes for anyone else BTW :P

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 09:42 AM

Hi Sportsman,

These look great. I'm off to Colwick lake on Saturday with an friend who's from Australia. he's just starting to get to grips with Fly fishing, but once he's more confident, this is just the sort of thing that he'll trying to organise and trying to rope me into. he likes to take things that little bit further.

I would definitely be interested to hear more in the future, when things are more finalised.

maybe even interested to get some practice in before then. Do you know if there is anywhere in the london or Nottingham area that supports and hires tubes?

cheers wozzamozza :blink: