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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 01-11-2016, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Bike tour/Steelhead extravaganza

So I came up with this hair-brained idea to ride a bicycle down the pacific coast from Vancouver to Southern CA. One of the goals of this trip would be to fish as many creeks and rivers as possible; swinging flies for steelhead. I hope to take a month or more to complete the journey. My question to you all, is what would be the ideal time of year to find fish from Northern WA all the way down to CA. My initial thought was late Feb/March, but am hoping to get some recommendations here. What are your thoughts? Crazy to even think of a bike tour in winter?!
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I have no experience with such things, but my only concern would be the amount of time I would probably spend fishing would quite likely make it nearly impossible to complete such a trip in 6 weeks or less. You may have more discipline, or motivation!

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Cool idea! How do you plan to do accommodation? Motel/B&B or camping? Latter would be hard-core.

Have you checked out the expedition-minded fat bikes out there? With one of those you could easily access most rivers regardless of snow, mud, etc.

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Yes, it will be a challenge to balance covering enough ground and actually fishing, but it's a worthy challenge in my eyes. I will likely camp a majority of the time but also rely on Warm Showers. Haven't decided on what bike to bring, but knowing that most of the miles will be on pavement, probably go with something a far tired road bike or smoothish tired mountain rig.

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Very cool idea, looking forward to hearing more about it
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That sounds like quite the adventure!! really cool.
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I too think this is cool!
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Some great blueback opportunities in NorCal at the end of March / early April I can point you toward. Early April is key to one. Its a lighter gear (5 wt single hand or 4-5 wt switch), surface game.
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If you're looking for a good touring bike, I've got a Bridgestone RB-2 that I rode across the US a few years ago. Got plenty of miles left in her.

Awesome concept!

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Thanks for the offers both of the bike and fishing. I think it would be cool to meet up with locals all the way down the coast. It could really add to the experience and up the chances of finding fish of course. The question still remains, what is the best time of year to find fish in the rivers all throughout the west coast? Most of my steelhead experience has been in Idaho, so I am less familiar with timing of coastal runs.
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Very cool...are you familiar with Bob Bike Trailers? Might help you carry your gear, wet waders, etc...

A young guy biked into our little mountain town last mid-winter, set up camp, and backcountry skied for a week or two...he tries to do all his climbing and skiing non-motorized from start to finish...last seen pedaling off toward the Tetons...
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I being from California, would suggest concentrating on the two states to the north. Fishing in Cali can be good, mostly at the top of the state. But it's not exactly the best swing water. The rivers in Ore and Washington have spoiled me. The rivers in Cali are worth seeing tho. Nothing like steelhead redwoods and coldfeet. Good luck and safe travels.
Question is? What's your go to rod? Switch 8? Or?
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Being in the bike industry, I am familiar with Bob trailers. They make a good product, though I will try to stick with racks/panniers for mobility's sake.

Good question on the rod. I currently own an 8wt 13' TFO, as well as and 8wt Echo switch. The switch rod might be a little more versatile when considering the spectrum of water one would encounter on such a trip. The shorter rod would also be easier to pack on the bike. It's proven itself against a number of steelhead and even a few Idaho Chinook. What rod would you bring?
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I biked from Whidbey island to No California when I was younger, didn't fish then but now fish many of the rivers I crossed.
BEAUTIFUL route!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'd look into a summer run timing also as that could be quite productive also.
I'd stay in Or and WA and shoot for a Feb and March time frame.
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Echo switch 8#. Or a xxfast rod. 12'6". #7. Deathstaree. Not graceful, brute power. With a 540 switch line. This setup works in tight or wide open space. Short compact stroke, it'll throw 80'+ no problem.
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