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Old 06-18-19, 11:43 AM
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Fishing with bike


Using my bike to get to river to fish,
Russian river has limited parking & long wait but
can park & ride bike in a mile.
1st day , caught 6 (Sockeyes...avg 7-8 lbs) loaded on rear rack . (I just remove gills to bleed out)
Bike was way out of balance, popped a wheelie before I got on.
Yesterday, 2nd trip 10 fish, headed & gutted to fit in pack,
forced pack forward as much as possible, better ride but still a load. Still awkward balancing.
Saw a guy riding in with a cooler on a kiddie bike trailer, now thatís the ticket .
now lookin.

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Old 06-18-19, 02:11 PM
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Very cool! Get a trailer and you could carry a little camp chair and thermos as well.
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Old 06-18-19, 03:32 PM
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I miss my Fenwick. I traded it for a new 9 wt. line for anther rod. Big mistake. What fly(s) were hot? My son has been bugging me to go up and now I know we should bring our bikes and the trailer.

edit: oh. That Russian River. A bit of a drive from SoCal. Nice fish.

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Old 06-18-19, 04:14 PM
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Originally Posted by shelbyfv View Post
Very cool! Get a trailer and you could carry a little camp chair and thermos as well.
After I get to the parking lot 1 mile in, it's
1/4 mile down to the river, down trails/steps,
then I walk up river bank (mostly in the water & around rocks ) to fishing spots.
Hardest part is walking back to the bike with 10 fish, a pack full +.

Years ago I'd run up river, fill the pack & run back.
Now I amble up, & stumble back, several breaks walking up the hill to the bike rack.
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Old 06-18-19, 04:31 PM
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I miss my Fenwick. I traded it for a new 9 wt. line for anther rod. Big mistake. What fly(s) were hot? My son has been bugging me to go up and now I know we should bring our bikes and the trailer.

edit: oh. That Russian River. A bit of a drive from SoCal. Nice fish.
FF909, 9 weight. Been a great salmon rod.
Yea, be a bit of a drive. LOL
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Old 06-18-19, 11:42 PM
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Fishing with bike

caught my interest, & you hooked me in...


Road my beach cruiser once to reach a fishing shot, otherwise it would have been a couple mile walk. Since it was planted trout, light spinner gear, Power bait and a little cooler worked out fine.
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Old 06-20-19, 06:26 PM
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Are there still salmon in Willow Creek? I remember the #1 rule at the Russian: if a bear wanted your spot, you gave it to him!
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Old 06-21-19, 01:52 AM
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Are there still salmon in Willow Creek? I remember the #1 rule at the Russian: if a bear wanted your spot, you gave it to him!
Yes
All 5 Species
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Old 06-21-19, 01:59 AM
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Built a crude trailer

. Hauled in fishing gear, cooler, & bag of ice
Added 8 sockeyes (7lb avg)
& back out
Used an old canoe trailer & modifide
it for a fishing trailer

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Old 06-21-19, 05:41 AM
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Very cool!
My dad (in da middle of da mitten) was just telling me about guys in his area riding bikes to a local fishing spot next to the rail trail.

Could "Fishin' Bikes" be the next BIG THING?
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Old 06-21-19, 08:12 PM
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Could "Fishin' Bikes" be the next BIG THING?

What needed for a fishing bike?
rack, rod holder .....???
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Old 06-22-19, 12:54 PM
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That's a big part of how my love of cycling began... As a kid, getting to different fishing spots, (and the beach occasionally). I had those pannier type wire baskets on the rear and put the rod over my handlebars like a jousting pole with the butt between the basket wires.
It sure as heck beat walking!

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Old 06-23-19, 07:47 AM
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Good thinking!!! With that setup you can even take some catch home.

Not long ago I rigged my MB for fishing, and I ride my bike nightly and don't have much attached to it but it works really well finding out of the way suburban honey holes that are inaccessible by car.

Depending on how well equipped you want to be a minimalist approach is what I took, a rod holder (I used a plastic bulkhead holder secured with electrical conduit clamps) and a frame mount bag for some tackle and of course water.



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Old 06-25-19, 06:37 PM
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My younger brother got the angler gene, I got the bike gene.

Around here multi-pole, vertical. When rolling looks like a shrimp trawler (nets stowed).

Anyone running Shimano/Shimano?

-mr. bill

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Around here multi-pole, vertical. When rolling looks like a shrimp trawler (nets stowed).

-mr. bill
"Canal Bikes" ... I like it.
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Old 06-26-19, 04:59 PM
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Now this is an EXCELLENT Thread! Great Pictures all.
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Old 06-30-19, 07:43 AM
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Awesome thread! when I get some time I'll share some of my Bike camping / fishing trips on here. I am an excellent fisherman, I am just really BAD at CATCHING Fish!!

Fun thread, Thanks!
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Old 06-30-19, 06:54 PM
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never fished but used to ride a bike to my tree stand back when I hunted...very quiet and efficient
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Are there still salmon in Willow Creek? I remember the # 1 rule at the Russian: if a bear wanted your spot, you gave it to him!
You & your catch + bike & trailer = Meals on Wheels for Mr. Bear
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Originally Posted by ironnerd View Post
"Canal Bikes" ... I like it.
Maybe you can get the fish to tow you up the towpath
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Old 07-20-19, 10:07 PM
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Your new fishing trailer looks pretty cool and quite workable. Be Well. Bluesfrog
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The "old timey" WALD 139 front basket rack is still being made today and you can get them for approx $30 and free shipping....see #173883530461 on the bay or see amazon.

The old PLETSCHER rear racks -and- the BLACKBURN rear racks are very useful.

There is an ancient Child Carrier from the late seventies that IS REALLY DANGEROUS FOR CHILD CARRYING BY TODAY'S STANDARDS, but it is amazingly useful for Utility Duty thanks to it's strong frame and it's large plastic/fiberglass molded high back seat.
It is the "ORIGINAL HIGH BACK CHILD CARRIER by Troxel (beat up example...see the bay#133031061646......these things you can find FREE or never more than $5 at flea mkt/garage sale/craigs, as they are Obsolete/dangerous for their original purpose of carrying kids.....as the single belt strap really doesn't secure the child much better than no strap.................well it was the seventies and bike safety was all about reflectors and flags..... no helmets then or any thoughts of what might happen if bounced or catapulted out, or if the bike went down... ....just hang on....be cool, hang ten and everything would be alright, yeah....was the mindset at the time. Schwinn carried one of these in their 1978 catalog with slight mounting differences....you can view it here https://waterfordbikes.com/SchwinnCa...0/1978_56.html


HERE ARE A FEW Youtube VIDEOS to Inspire you to do your best MacGyvering!

Fishing Pole Holder

Milk Crate attachment to Pletscher rack/Blackburn rack, etc

What can be done with materials such as Shopping Carts and ancient Golf Pull Carts(trolleys) and pneumatic $5 rubber wheels from Harbour Freight, etc









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Originally Posted by bogydave View Post
FF909, 9 weight. Been a great salmon rod.
Yea, be a bit of a drive. LOL
Paired with what looks like a nice old Phleuger Medalist. Very nice (older) rig!!

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Thanks
Yea, 1980 rod, wore out the first Medalist,
New Medalist only about 50 or so salmon. (with 60LB mono, not fly line)
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a very good thread!

I will be doing a fishing/wild camping cycling tour of Ireland (sea fishing) in May next year. I us live on the beach in South Africa for several years, and fished most days

I will be using my touring bike (Miyata 1000) with front and rear Ortlieb pannier bags and with a Hilleberg tent. I will be using an Ugly stik 4 piece fishing rod aswell as a lighter rod and reel to fish from the rocks.

I am taking things one step further by using a drone to drop my baits. I will be getting a Mavic 2 drone and the fishing attachment. It takes fishing to a new dimension

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