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Old 06-16-2005, 11:22 PM   #1
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First Big Trip, First Time Float Tubers :eek:

We leave Saturday and plan to eat, drink, and fish our way to Oregon with Ernie! First big stop is North Shore Campgrounds at Lake Almanor (Lassen), then to Diamond/Crater Lake for a few days, than Bend Ore for 4 nights (Tumalo St Park again ), up to Mt Hood to visit brother and family and fish some more, then heading back to camp in Mammoth at Oh! Ridge Campground (June Lake) so should be fun and hopefully warm!

To all you float tubers out there we welcome any and all suggestions you would give to first timers at this!

Wish us luck and will post some pics along the way...if my camera survives

Happy Summer Vacationing to Everyone

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Barb, your first stop at Northshore Campground, is one of our annual places to go each summer, gotta love the lake front sights, and an easy drive to Lassen. Say hi to Alta for us when your there, we'll be there in July, Happy trails, Jeff
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Old 06-16-2005, 11:49 PM   #3
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Barb, your first stop at Northshore Campground, is one of our annual places to go each summer, gotta love the lake front sights, and an easy drive to Lassen. Say hi to Alta for us when your there, we'll be there in July, Happy trails, Jeff
Glad to hear we picked a winner, site #10 (lakefront) was available so we grabbed it today!! Will say hi to Alta
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Barb, you kill me! Thats a dedicated Airstream spot!, Alta knows what spot us Airstreamers Like! Jeff
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Have a great trip and be careful in that float tube. We've had a couple of friends turn one over while in it and it can be real scary. If your apron is attached with velcro, it won't let go in an emergency. Rethink how its attached and use something that doen't hold as tight. We want cha back to hear about your great trip

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Lake Almanor?

I can't find a listing for Northshore Campground.I have found Lake Almanor Resort is this the same place?If not can I get a web address or phone#
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Cindy, here you go!
http://www.northshorecampground.com/
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We leave Saturday and plan to eat, drink, and fish our way to Oregon with Ernie! First big stop is North Shore Campgrounds at Lake Almanor (Lassen), then to Diamond/Crater Lake for a few days, than Bend Ore for 4 nights (Tumalo St Park again ), up to Mt Hood to visit brother and family and fish some more, then heading back to camp in Mammoth at Oh! Ridge Campground (June Lake) so should be fun and hopefully warm!

To all you float tubers out there we welcome any and all suggestions you would give to first timers at this!

Wish us luck and will post some pics along the way...if my camera survives

Happy Summer Vacationing to Everyone

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Barb - I wouldn't be as concerned about tipping a float tube over - they're very stable - as I would be concerned about catching a hook in the tube. However, either way you could end up with having your wrong end up!

Make sure you have a flotation device with you. Good fins help a lot - the best ones are generally considerered to be Force Fins. And, always have them tethered to your ankles - It's pretty hard to get back across the lake with one fin, and impossible to do with none!

I love to just sit back in my float tube out in the middle of a lake, close my eyes, relax, and dream Airstream dreams - there's nothing better - except maybe a big fish or two!

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Barb - I wouldn't be as concerned about tipping a float tube over - they're very stable - as I would be concerned about catching a hook in the tube. However, either way you could end up with having your wrong end up!

Make sure you have a flotation device with you. Good fins help a lot - the best ones are generally considerered to be Force Fins. And, always have them tethered to your ankles - It's pretty hard to get back across the lake with one fin, and impossible to do with none!

I love to just sit back in my float tube out in the middle of a lake, close my eyes, relax, and dream Airstream dreams - there's nothing better - except maybe a big fish or two!

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Thanks everyone for best wishes and tips on tubing, we bought the pontoon style (Outcast Fishcat4 Deluxe) which was suggested for us to share, as I'm 5'1 & Dan's 5'11 so will fit either and not so big for me to kick around. I bought the Force Fins, but will buy the tether....thanks for the heads up there. The seat is also a floatation device in this model.

As for catching a hook in the tube...this could possibly happen with me trying to cast the fly rod ....maybe bring the spinning gear (I'm good and acurate with that) but there are 4 seperate chambers in tube so at least I'd be afloat, but I'm dying to try the fly rod and feel I can learn better in a lake with no trees or fellow fisherman...they would also appreciate that

As for getting out I just called where I purchased this and he said it's easy...you unclip on right and pull velcro strap, but this sounds kinda hard if your head is underwater! He said don't lean too far forward, working from the sides of tube is safer, but overall is stable in his opinion also, and we'll wear a vest. Nice guy and full of info so feel better about safety issues, but will be extra careful at first heeding all warnings and welcome any more!

We have good waders so will layer accordingly and wear the wader belt, but this is more scary thought to me if they take on water. We were told not to buy the neoprene (ours are gortex type, neoprene stocking feet) as we would freeze in the lakes...you can't layer as much. I wonder what all of you wear to do this in a cold lake? Maybe we should take it out first in a swimming pool

I think it's gonna be a blast, but Dan WILL go first so I can watch

Thanks again, will let you know how it goes!

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A pontoon is the way to go. Lots of stability. I hope I didn't scare any would be tubers out there. Good advise from John on the tethers. I don't wory about loosing them and they're easy to put on. You are going to have such a blast!! Take lots of pictures and enjoy it all!!

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Have a blast!

The Gortex waders are the way to go, but they have virtually no insulation value. I wear a one piece "Polartec" outfit made by Simms underneath and it keeps me pretty toasty. Since the gortex waders fit loosely you can wear many different things underneath.

I have a somewhat similar setup marketed by Sports Authority and I have tested getting out while inverted (in my pool). The velcro and hook do not keep you from exiting, you slide right out! Remember pool safety, always have a rescue dog standing by!
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The search has ended? Tell us all about your new traveling digs. Did you get Ken_J's?

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Ken and I came to an agreement on his 75 tradewind. He can now go warp speed on his 58 Overlander. The bad news is I won't be able to pick it up untill after the 4th of July because of my work. I'll post my trip adventure when it happens, I also need to name the TT. Maybe Durango!
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Finally getting back to forum after many weeks and events, not all of them good! Our trip was great and there were many highlights, here's a few that come to mind: Getting out of San Diego and La traffic driving to Mammoth with the Airstream all packed up, camping at NorthShore Campground at lake Almanor with a huge full moon lighting the lake at night, watching Dan tubing for the first time, fishing the North Fork of the Feather River and Yellow Creek in the Northern Sierras, fly fishing and catching my first 2 fish on my new pole (I'm totally hooked...goodbye spinning gear!), me tubing for the first time, seeing Crater Lake (stunning, amazing!), seeing my brother in Oregon.

Things we'll do different next time: take more than 3 weeks for a trip that far, make sure on the way home all our stops have hook-ups, and bring more meds for Ernie who is always getting something even though he is never left alone or out of our sight! This time it was lake water....he drank out of Trillium Lake and in a few days his stomach was a mess, so we cut our trip a few days short and first stop home was our vet. He also got a wierd rash when we came back from fishing the Feather River, with bright red rings under the skin of his tummy like round worms, so we gave him benadryl and they were better by morning. We still have no clue as to what those were...very creepy!

Also next time I will not bring so many clothes. I was very organized with all our stuff in bins, but if we actually wore all of that stuff we would have needed another Bambi to haul the dirty clothes home in! Better to take less and do laundry a few times!

Here's a few pics to share, and hope you all are enjoying this summer in your Airstreams!

BTW Jeff, we loved this beautiful campground and Alta and the owners are just great! Will return to fish the rivers and creeks and have that beautiful lake view again. Hope you had a great time there!

To all the fly fishers....WOW, what a fun way to catch a trout!!!

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