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Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: Sirjet] #12426197
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Now that this subject is being discussed, I have a Fish Cat 4 tube that has a very small leak in one bladder that I want fix but I can't figure out how to get the bladder disconnected from the fill port. Any ideas?

Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: Sirjet] #12426248
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http://www.outcastboats.com/float-tubes/fish-cat-4-float-tube.asp


gO TO THIS WEBSITE AND THERE IS A GREAT VIDEO.


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Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: Sirjet] #12426961
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One of the pros on national fishing forum says the adjusting to remove wrinkles part goes much faster with baby powder sprinkled over the bladder and inside the bladder shell- helps the bladder twist and slide into place by itself. Haven't tried it myself as I usually get the adjustment right the first time with all the practice I've had.

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Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: iluvfishin] #12427921
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Originally Posted By: iluvfishin
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I have 2 of these ultra rare Hobie pontoons to take care of the inflating and deflating problems.


I am seriously looking into something like this. I get tired of having to get soaked in the tube. Where did you find it at?


These are the Hobie Float Cats. They're discountinued now but u can find one similar. I think the brand is called venture outdoors.


That's super clean. Has that thing seen water? I'm holding on two Hobie 75 also. If I ever let one go, it won't be cheap.


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Thanks Porta, I couldn't figure out how to get the valve out before. After watching that video it looks easy.

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Thanks to sir jet video. I use the plug aquaseal method above because 90 % of my leaks are at the seams, where a patch won't work.

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Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: porta] #12496678
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Originally Posted By: porta
My float tube is kept at low pressure, just enough to hold shape and then topped off with a mouth tube just before launching. This helps it last longer, because there is less stress on the bladder and fabric seams compared to storage at full pressure- plus hot days can make the full pressure go over recommendations.

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This is what I was taught to do as well. Float tubes are really popular back in my native CO and we always air them down, not just for the heat but also to elevation change. Where I grew up was about 6500 feet but I did a lot of fishing over 10000 feet and that makes a difference.


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Re: Tube lesson learned. [Re: Flags] #12502768
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Originally Posted By: Flags
[quote=porta]My float tube is kept at low pressure, just enough to hold shape and then topped off with a mouth tube just before launching. This helps it last longer, because there is less stress on the bladder and fabric seams compared to storage at full pressure- plus hot days can make the full pressure go over recommendations.

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(This is what I was taught to do as well. Float tubes are really popular back in my native CO and we always air them down, not just for the heat but also to elevation change. Where I grew up was about 6500 feet but I did a lot of fishing over 10000 feet and that makes a difference.)

Flags, the cold snow melt during Summer at altitude can also be a consideration. Sometimes I've had to add pressure with a mouth tube after 30 minutes or so of floating, and then remove that same pressure when getting out of that cold water. Tubed a river at Lyons many years ago, during a good flow, found some good fishing holes! My tube flies with me sometimes....

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