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Old 12-17-2012, 09:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Fly Fishing and Riding...

I love fly fishing more than anything. I just bought a 2012 Scrambler and was wondering about the feasibility of combining the two. I think it would be awesome to ride to and from the streams but I also carry a lot of gear when I do. Does anyone else here fly fish and use their bike to ride to and from the stream?

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Old 12-17-2012, 10:19 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've seen bikes set up to carry fly fishing gear. Shouldn't be that hard. Some sort of PVC pipe for the rod and soft panniers or a top case for your other gear?
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:20 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I've always thought the beauty of fly fishing is the simplicity of it compared to 'normal' river fishing. Surely a simply back pack with a fly box, a reel bag and some small accesories are all thats needed over you rod? Most fishing bags have somewhere to hang your net from as well? A rod tube could be bungeed quite simply to the side of the bike i'm sure.

I guess your main challenge is going to be riding comfortably in waders!
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...I guess your main challenge is going to be riding comfortably in waders!
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Old 12-17-2012, 11:31 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Lol... there are two types of people in the world of fly fishing? The minimalists, who pare down and make do with the barest of essentials; and then there are "the other guys" who carry enough gear to cover almost any conceivable situation or condition they might run into.

I am not proud to admit that I fall into the latter category and typically carry enough gear that I could put a well stocked fly shop to shame.

Maybe this will give me the impetus I've been searching for to simplify things a bit...
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I haven't tried it , but I could see carrying enough gear on the bike to fly fish.
I think this is going on my to do list.
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Not a Fly Fisher. So I don't know how much gear you carry. But I used to carry a pared down gold prospecting kit on my old Scram's solo seat rack. It was vary basic, but great for exploring new country, before moving my camp there.
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You would need a pretty good sized bag to carry waders/belt, wading boots, wading vest, w. Jacket, w. staff, net, hat, assorted fly boxes plus misc. gear. Not to mention the fly rod and reels.

Then you have to factor in what to do with the helmet, boots and jacket you wear on the ride to the river as well as the rod tube - which depending on the rig you have could be worth a pretty penny too. It's certainly doable but not as simple as it seems...

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That's an awesome combination. I bet you wouldn't have to par back your equipment too much if you just figure out how to pack/organize it.

I camp off the back of my Bonnie and like to get as remote as I can manage. But I'm starting to feel I need to shift my balance between riding and stopping and enjoying the place I'm at. This past summer I was up around the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. I stopped and took pictures of a lot of great places, but didn't hang out very long at any of them, I needed/wanted to put on more miles. I get into this keep-pushing-forward mode.

Getting off the bike for an hour or so at a time to fish a bit would fit the ticket. Something to consider anyways.

I did pack my pole on top of my camping gear on one camping trip last summer. Gave me something to do at camp. You can see it just tucked under the straps on the top in the picture below, worked just fine. Then again, it's a cheap rod/real set that I didn't mind putting at risk.

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That's an awesome combination. I bet you wouldn't have to par back your equipment too much if you just figure out how to pack/organize it.

I camp off the back of my Bonnie and like to get as remote as I can manage. But I'm starting to feel I need to shift my balance between riding and stopping and enjoying the place I'm at. This past summer I was up around the Canadian border in northern Minnesota. I stopped and took pictures of a lot of great places, but didn't hang out very long at any of them, I needed/wanted to put on more miles. I get into this keep-pushing-forward mode.

Getting off the bike for an hour or so at a time to fish a bit would fit the ticket. Something to consider anyways.

I did pack my pole on top of my camping gear on one camping trip last summer. Gave me something to do at camp. You can see it just tucked under the straps on the top in the picture below, worked just fine. Then again, it's a cheap rod/real set that I didn't mind putting at risk.

That's an awesome set up BB! That would fit the bill for me. I absolutely could cut back some but there is some stuff I can't do without. Your right though, how it's packed makes a huge difference.
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