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All you need to know about bike-fishing

by on August 27, 2019 in Lead Article, News you can use, Nuggets

All you need to know about bike-fishing

Adding a bit of adventure is essential to escape the boring routine of life.

That’s where sports come in; mixing different hobbies and sports together can add to the enjoyment and get you even more excited to head out on your next adventure.

So, if you’re looking for an interesting escape to make your life interesting, or you’ve come across bike fishing and want to know what it’s all about, here’s everything you need to know about bike fishing:

What is bike fishing? 

Merging two interesting activities together, bike fishing allows you to end a bike-packing adventure while swimming with fish in a stream. Bike-fishing allows you to combine exercise and adventure, as well as exploring the landscape around you and seeing the water in a completely different way.

You’ll start appreciating your surroundings and fall in love with nature every day and build the urge to explore your neighboring territories.

Whether you’re looking to play and swim with fish or use your rod and actually fish, bike fishing is one hell of an adventure. It allows you to reach the best fishing locations on bike without having to worry about where to park as well as actually enjoying the journey. Taking your bike out for a ride and searching for different waters is the kind of activity you’re in for, combined with the amusement of a different fishing experience.

Choosing the right gear

There are so many different kinds of bikes available in the market that choosing the right one can become overwhelming. But, there are several factors that can limit your options, such as the purpose of biking and most importantly where you’ll be riding it.

According to the professionals over at, bike characteristics differ according to the path you’ll be riding as areas with long, defined trails will need less suspension and agility, whereas rocky paths require added cushioning to ensure that you travel comfortably. That’s why familiarizing yourself with the routes around you is important in order to determine the best bike for you.

Getting into a new sport requires a lot of gear, which can sometimes be rather expensive. While you can use your hiking or sports shoes initially, having mountain bike shoes, will make your riding a whole lot easier and a lot more comfortable.

Once you’ve tested out the waters and have decided to be a regular rider, investing in a pair of flat shoes is essential to reduce the amount of weight on your back. These shoes make it easier to pedal as the shoes are clipped on to the pedal.

While different shoes are available for different purposes, the weather and overall purpose of the shoes make a difference when deciding the pair that is most suitable for you. For example, if you’re looking to bike, wade and fish in cold waters, a pair of wading boots will do the trick, whereas in warm waters, you’ll need footwear that is light, dries fast and can be used for hiking and wading as well.

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Which rod and fly line to use? 

As you’re cycling through a new trail, you’ll encounter different kinds of waters. Once you’ve seen a water stream that attracts you in terms of scenery or the kind of fish available in it, it is time to stash your bike and start fishing.

Depending on the type of water in your area, the choice of fly rods will differ. Fly rods come in different weights with smaller sizes meant for smaller fish that can be found in shallow water, whereas larger weights are meant for either larger fish or deep waters.

The rods start from 2-5 weights, with 8-12 weights being bigger in length and are used for larger fish like salmon and trout. It is important to consider which rod to use depending on both the water depth and the type of fish you’re looking to catch. If your area is full of small creeks and river streams your best bet is to opt for a 2-5 weight rod; however, big water fishing or ocean fishing would require am 8-12 weight rod.

If you’re just starting out and aren’t sure about the type of waters around you and what type of fish they have, you should opt for a 5 weight rod as it is light enough to help you catch a small fish, but still has enough back weight to bring in a larger fish until you’ve gotten the hang of bike-fishing.

Once you’ve decided which fly rod to use, you can match the fly line to it. This will do around 80% of your fishing effectively.

When you’re ready to head out on your expedition, prepare your bike fishing kit with the following items:

– Rod

– Level line

– Spool of 3x or 6x tippet depending on your line

– Hemostats and line nipper

– Fly case and flies

– Fishing license

Also, make sure your kit fits into a small bag, apart from the rod. As you’ll be cycling to get there, it is essential to have the least weight possible.

Choosing your route 

You can either choose to just enjoy a ride until you’ve found a good spot to fish or actually put in the effort and look for places you can access by bike.

This would mean sections of the river that have long approaches where you’d be able to cycle on top of the walk zone used by fisherman and go further until you’ve reached the perfect spot to start wading and fishing.  Once you’ve gotten used to a certain route, you can embark on a new adventure and cycle in search of a new fishing experience.

After your first few tries at bike-fishing you’ll start making your own adjustments, customized to your preference. There’ll be routes you’re more comfortable with, shoes you prefer according to the weather, the gear you can handle better and types of fish you enjoy swimming with or catching.

And the best thing is, even if your fishing experience isn’t successful, you’ll always have fun on the journey itself.


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