Float-tube fishing: how to adapt your fins to your waders

Float-tube fishing enthusiasts are all faced with this question when choosing their equipment. How to adapt your fins and waders? There are several ways to proceed, depending on your fishing style and your expectations once in the water. Follow us, we'll explain.

The types of waders 

Waders with booties 

The waders with booties are the least restrictive because they are the softest. But the sock is fragile. We are starting to find waders with reinforced booties, very practical for fishing in a float-tube

Waders with boots 

The fishing waders with integrated boots are not the best suited for float-tube fishing. The boots limit the effectiveness of the fins due to their stiffness, forcing more effort to be made for less result in terms of placement in the water.

In this case, you are obliged to choose fins with a wide enough fit to be able to put them on. However, fins with a wide fit are most often short models, intended for the float-tube fishing. If you take the long fins, it will be more complicated to find.

Waders with boots

Choosing the right fins: 3 important points 

The length of the fins

The length of the float tube fin is a personal choice. When it comes to flipping a float tube, short fins are often chosen as they are more manageable, especially as they are used for short distances. Long fins are more efficient, of course, but are not always the most practical for float tube fishing. It is more important to look at the width of the boot and the attachment system. It is these two points that will allow you to best fit your fins and waders.

The width of the shoe

The width of the shoe corresponds à the width of the foot opening. It varies from one model to another and from one brand to another. The important thing to remember is that you need to be able to put the fin on easily.

The float tube fins are short fins with a wide fit that provides good ankle support. But the choice of waders is important, either you opt for booties or you have to opt for boots.

Some people prefer diving fins because they are faster and less tiring on the calves. The fit is also narrower on diving fins, which makes them more difficult to fit over fishing waders. The best thing to do with this type of fin is to choose waders with booties.

Float tube fins

The attachment system

Whatever type of fins or brand, you will choose the seven bass float tube fins, revenge, or the pike 'n bass floating float tube fins, the attachment system has to be simple, fast and reliable. Without these criteria, the fins may not be securely attached or properly adjusted. This means that you risk losing them, that you may have to adjust them several times once you are in the water and that you risk injuring yourself. And all the while the fish are dancing the traviata under your nose! a crunchy rubber fastening system or a velcro fastener. Diving fins are often equipped with a clip-on and ultra-fast fastening system. But you still need to be able to fit them properly to your waders.

They are also available in a wide range of colours.

Long or short palms

Long fins or short fins, they don't both have the same purpose.

The fins are the engine of the float-tube fisherman. They must therefore facilitate propulsion without requiring too much effort. It is often short fins that are used for float-tube fishing, with long fins being more readily used for scuba diving.

Special float-tube fins

Shorter than diving fins, the special float-tube fins must have certain characteristics:

  • They must be maneuverable and flexible to facilitate sitting-paddle ;

  • They must offer good propulsion capability ;

  • They must be able to slip on easily with wading boots.

Diving fins

In some cases, longer fins can be preferred. If you have opted for slipper waders, you can find the right fins by choosing dive fins that are a size or two larger.


If you really practice float-tube fishing, the choice is yours to fit faster fins to your waders. However, if you only dive or fish occasionally, it's a good idea to opt for cheaper and more comfortable float-tube fins, even if they are a little slower.

Photo Credits Rapala, Hart

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