Most know Rick Pope as the president of Springbrook, the Texas company that makes Temple Fork Outfitter fly rods (www.templeforkflyrods.com). But Rick is also a float tube aficionado, and in this piece by Ray Sasser he gives a good intro to various types and uses of “gasoline-free” transportation for anglers. “‘Float tubes are still the least expensive of the self-powered fishing craft,’ Pope said. ‘They have limited mobility, but at least you’re not stuck on the bank. You can still find the doughnut-style float tubes, but you can also find U-shaped models that offer more back support and more comfort.'” On MercuryNews.com.