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Ok my other favorite fishing page ,,, brought up biking to fishing holes - so it is cool I am not alone ....... Who does it ? What's ur set up?

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I used to,might again in the fall as the main bunch of stripers run through here headed south.You never know, but I liked riding the bike as much as the fishing as it turned out. So I got more and more into the riding as exercise and stress relief. I traded my Raleigh with 26" tires for a Specialized Crosstrail with 700c wheels and tires. I then put on a set of 28mm Armadillo road tires to get it to ride closer to a road bikes specification . I ride that in the spring to get in shape for my actual road bike. But anyway, if I want to fish I just hose clamp a basket onto the planet bike rack on the back of the Crosstrail, to that is attached a piece of PVC to hold the rod.. the Crosstrail is a great bike, front shock and the rear fork has a mounting pad to mount a kick stand that puts distribution just right so the bike can stand with fishing gear on it. It's a great way to fish the 7 miles of canal road out here and keep up with the fish. Just gotta understand the tides here if you want to catch fish and you may ride three miles or even the entire seven miles before you run into them ( long walk !).

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I tried it once. Since the bike didn't float as well as my boat, I didn't like it.

 

I also lost the bike when it sank in deeper water.

 

I just use the boat now.

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all that i do :)

 

between my bike and public transit, i can fish all 37 km of river in my city without breaking a sweat. if i want to fish outside of the city, the bus gets me close and then i will use the bike to get to the hole for the day.

 

the bike: i ride an old Nakamura mountain bike. it has a fixed frame and fork. it looks beat up and has pieces duct taped to it. i use two cable locks, one for the front wheel/frame/fixed object; one for the seat/frame back wheel. the extra lock on the back is so some metal thief doesn't steal my seat/post. it is the last bike that a thief would want to steal because of these facts. what any is hidden is that this is a full cromoly frame with snappy single lever indexed shifting, smooth braking, true wheels and bearing surfaces that spin effortlessly.

 

the rig: i used to tie my rod along the top tube. i stopped doing that when i broke the tip of off my rod swinging my leg over to dismount. (FIRST TRIP OF THE SEASON, NOT HAPPY). time for something different. i now have a piece of plastic tubing taped to the down tube by the bottom bracket. there is a 'rod rest' taped on the side of the steering tube (the tape both holds everything secure and looks like a POS at the same time :)) this allows me to keep my broken down rod up, away, and in my line of sight at all times. the tape helps to deter thieves.

 

i have a 25 liter daypack that hauls everything else that i need to where i am going.

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First off I guess it depends on your expectations. I use to ride 5 miles to fish back country lakes. It was awesome it got you way back in a lot less time then you would have to walk it. And getting back was really fast. 25L pack was all I needed. This was for mountian trout but any flat ridding works good to.

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I tought meebe somebody had a lisp and was referring to pike fishing but mispronounced it.

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well....... there is a certain hole that i like, to ride my bike to for pike, by the dyke, with a young tyke named Mike.

 

lol

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What kind of flies to bikes eat and are bikes good fighters????? :)

 

Sorry, couldn't resist.

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I've seen pics of guys sitting on a horse in midstream, fly fishing. Don't see doing that on a bike>

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I've seen pics of guys sitting on a horse in midstream, fly fishing. Don't see doing that on a bike>

i can be done. it's called a 'track stand'.

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Backpack guitar case... Holds your rod tube or disassembled rods and all the fly boxes and tools you could want. Really easy to ride with.

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I just use my camping backpack to go from place to place. It's not ideal, but I can fit a lot crap in there. I typically don't ride more than a 2-3 miles though.

 

I also devised a simple way of hauling my kayak behind my bike by using PVC piping. Just take a T-joint and put your seat post through the long section. Then connect a long PVC pipe in the empty hole and drill through both the joint and pipe. Use a long bolt and nut to secure. Then just drill a hole through the back part of the pipe and run a rope through to connect to your kayak on a cart.

 

You can't go too fast or you will get some sway, but it beats walking...

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I have an orvis flyfishing backback, which has two rod holders and enough space for a day or two of fishing. Its been with me on plenty of fishing trips around Uppsala (Sweden). It isn't large enough for a longer outing, if you want to bring tent and sleeping bag that is. But its perfect for storing a meal, waders, rainjacket and a few other bits ans pieces.

That being said i would probably DIY my own rod holders on a regular backpack, if i didnt have my orvis pack.

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The world's best fisherman is probably no older than 15 years old, riding his/her bike to all the local waters within range.... The thing is -unlike everyone else... that fisherman is on the water five days (or more) each week and knows every rock, bank, riffle - and just where the fish are each day....

 

I think all of us can remember when - most of our efforts on the water are simply an attempt to re-capture the time when that was our world...

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The world's best fisherman is probably no older than 15 years old, riding his/her bike to all the local waters within range.... The thing is -unlike everyone else... that fisherman is on the water five days (or more) each week and knows every rock, bank, riffle - and just where the fish are each day....

 

*innocent whistling*

 

Finally someone recognizes me! :D haha I love biking to spots and it's my main form of transport!

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