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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2016, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Steelhead Bike Tour Confirmed!

Its been a while since I've posted an update. I've been selected by Blackburn to actually make this trip happen, and will be biking from Vancouver BC to Mexico this winter. My goal is to catch a steelhead in WA, OR, and CA. I've entered the planning stage, and the first thing to decide is when to go. This is my question to you all:

What month should I depart Vancouver? I plan on taking 2 months and the priority will be catching steelhead along the coast.
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post #2 of 18 (permalink) Old 05-27-2016, 11:34 AM
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dude, thats so sweet.

I am actually in planning stages of building a bike specifically for steelhead fishing. Tough call, steelhead are on the coast when the weather for riding sucks.
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Once you get south of Cres. City rivers/Steelhead are few and far between.

Heck of a long ride but a total adventure! Now how are you getting back?

As to weather/fishing Oregon Coastal rivers I'd pick September. Larger rivers will still have Summer Steelhead coming in and several will have Fall Salmon.




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Cool adventure. I can't speak to Oregon or Cali but your best bet for the Washington coastal rivers will be March-April. These are also likely your best chances to avoid rivers out with rainfall.

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Go the opposite direction if you can?
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Go the opposite direction if you can?
that was my suggestion, too. Practical advantages include run timing, wind / rain more likely at your back, less road glare, and ending the trip with an IPA instead of a Corona.

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that was my suggestion, too. Practical advantages include run timing, wind / rain more likely at your back, less road glare, and ending the trip with an IPA instead of a Corona.
Great point on the beer, but I've heard San Diego called the unofficial micro-brew capital of the US? Bold statement I know.

Most bike tourists ride North to South (in summer and fall) for two reasons: one the wind is predominantly out of the north and, two: you ride on the right (ocean) side of the road and get the great views. I'm not sure if the wind directions change drastically in the winter? Any thoughts there?

In my head, I've scheduled Feb, March as the best months, but I'm open to new ideas.
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Looking at your map and the route on it, it appears you are not hitting the Washington coast. If you don't hit the OP rivers, your Washington options will be very limited in Feb-March as all the Puget Sound rivers will be close in that time frame. If you do go 101 down the coast of the OP, you will have a number of options with fish in them - rain gods willing.

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prevailing coastal winds at that time in WA, OR, and Northern California tend to be from the south, not north

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/htmlfiles/westwinddir.html

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Looking at your map and the route on it, it appears you are not hitting the Washington coast. If you don't hit the OP rivers, your Washington options will be very limited in Feb-March as all the Puget Sound rivers will be close in that time frame. If you do go 101 down the coast of the OP, you will have a number of options with fish in them - rain gods willing.
Good point. I plan on deviating from the official route I posted and include some time in the OP, maybe a week or so. I definitely want to spend time and hopefully hook up on an OP fish!
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prevailing coastal winds at that time in WA, OR, and Northern California tend to be from the south, not north

http://www.wrcc.dri.edu/htmlfiles/westwinddir.html
Thanks for that! Looks like I may need to take a closer look at my plan!
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I'd suggest revising your travel from south to north to have the prevailing wind at your back. Then the Feb. - Mar. time frame would place you closer to peak run timing along more of your route. And like Sinktip mentioned, skip the Puget Sound area in WA; no steelhead rivers open to fishing then. Ride Hwy 101 along the coast and you'll have many rivers to choose from that actually have fish in them when you are there.

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This sounds like a miserably fun time. I envy your youth and time availability.
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Have a great ride. All of the above advice sounds good. SW Washington in the spring and fall will provide you with some options. Be aware of river closures from March 16th to April 16th on some water in the SW. Keep an eye on your bike. There's a lot of sticky fingers on remote stretches of water. If you have a chance post a pic of your rig. I'd like to see how Blackburn set you up and how you set up your bike. Be safe.
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Well, I'm pretty much at an impasse as to what direction to ride. I've spoken to a fellow bike tourist who has done that route in winter and didn't recommend going S to N. He said the shoulder of the road is much wider on the west side of the road, and didn't have a hard time with headwinds.

Some of you were asking about the bike: The picture below is from a trip I did with the Blackburn folks in April. The bike is a Niner RLT steel, Blackburn racks and bags. I'm sure I'll use both front and rear panniers for the actual journey. Fun to plan and tinker with gear for sure. So far I love the bike and Balckburn products. Top notch!
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