Best Bike For Finding Fishing Holes

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by BeerIsGood, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. BeerIsGood

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    What would be the best bike to start out in the concrete jungle and get you to those fishing creeks way out in the middle of nowhere. Must have the capability to safely mount:

    2 Fly Rods (31 inch case)
    1 pair of neoprene waders
    1 pair of light waders
    1 cooler full of ice for fish (and beer)
    Your typical camping stuff
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  2. amk

    amk Been here awhile

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    There is no one. A truck of your choice will beat anything hands down.

    Having said this, I spin fish for trout/salmon/steelhead all over Alberta/BC. I never had a cooler. Then the waist waders became hip waders, then nice roads were transformed into cheapest possible telescopic one. And I am content with the set up. The bike is Wee.
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  3. BeerIsGood

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    Did you mount a rod holder? If so, what location.
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  4. CordR

    CordR Been here awhile

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    I think it's safe to say that 90% of the bikes discussed on this site (except for Road Warriors) would probably suffice to some degree or another.

    I think it's more about how you set up your bike for optimal carrying of gear etc.

    Here's a thread discussing fishing. It's mostly about gear and not so much about the bikes, but I'm sure you can pick up some tips there.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=760782

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  5. BeerIsGood

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    Thanks!
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  6. Snr Moment

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    The Uly was pretty good at it. Flyrod sits at the top front.

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  7. straightrod

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    It kind of depends how far away those fishing holes are and if you want to ride right up to the water.
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  8. BeerIsGood

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    Noticed that you are not using nobbies for your tire choice. Any problems on the dirt roads without them?
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    How much do you want to spend?
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  10. MightyChosen1

    MightyChosen1 I wanna be sedated

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    Sounds like you need a URAL. I use my sidecar rig all the time for fishing. Its not exactly a dual-sport rig but slowly being converted that way. I need to mount some kind of rod holders between the car and bike, It gets a little crowded with all the gear and 2 kids along.
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  11. Mnrider2

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    I've always use what ever bike I own at the time.Put soft bags on the SV650S and used that but didn't ride much off pavement.
    Last few years the Uly took me fishing.I use a 8 foot 6 fly rod in 5 wt.,the case is 30" long.
    My favorite spot is about 100 miles away with not much off road but now I have a KLR again so I may go to more backroad spots this year.

    Season opens in 6 weeks :clap
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    I live in the western mountains (US). Some mountain lakes are way back in but can be gotten close to on a dirt bike. I use a old modified Suzuki DR400 but it' s bit heavy for some trails. Works tho. Used a BMW GS12 for long range exploring(have a Yamaha Tenere now & love it). On both,I tie an old metal framed backpack on the rear with fishing gear. I use an Alpaca raft for accessing places on mtn lakes that maybe nobody ever got too as the lakes are really tough to get to carrying float tubes, waders etc. The raft only weighs 4 lbs & is TOUGH. Made in Alaska,I think. Not cheap but really works well. I don't carry a take-down kayak paddle anymore. I just grab a stick in the woods.Works ok. Had a sidecar I fitted for back road stuff (for my dog) but it was awful bumpy & useless on trails( bike was too wide).
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  13. B.Curvin

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    A DR350 set up with:

    A big ass rack
    17" Supermoto rims with Kenda Big Blocks
    14/48 gearing

    I just sold my 93 DR but I also have a 94 DR and I think this is exactly what I'm going to do with it. I've thought about it a lot. The rack will have a wide flat top where the passenger would normally sit and the sides will each hold a medium size igloo cooler. Drinks and lunch on one side, fish on the other.
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  14. bigfish5

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    I use my DR650 , i have a PVC rod holder mounded on the left side of the bike behind me. It will hold a 5"6' inch bass rod broke down into 2 pieces. I have even taken it flounder gigging. Polarbear soft cooler strapped across the rack with my LED adventures gigging light and a 3.5 foot aluminum gig. Gets topheavy when you have a good night.
    Here is the DR patiently waiting for me to get off work to throw some finger mullet at flounder. "you can see my rod holder in the pic"

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  15. Snr Moment

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    Noticed that you are not using nobbies for your tire choice. Any problems on the dirt roads without them?

    The Distanzias worked great in most places you can actually ride a Uly. Liked them because they were SM tires and a lot of the roads I rode to get to the dirt were two lane twisties through the mountains and two lane/four lane highways getting to those.

    I did break a fly rod inside the pvc case I that I had made when I piled up my KLX 250S

    Not so good on snow & ice.

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  16. TheMule

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    TW200, it will take you to about any fishing hole you want to find including those that might be 3000 miles away :D. But it is not a "Beast".
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  17. prowler2

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    If you're within 30 miles or so of your fishing area, I'd be lookin' at a KLX250 (I personally think the seat on mine was a little too narrow for any long distance travel). Within 60 miles, a DRZ400 would be pretty slick (also a narrow seated bike, but not as bad). Anything longer than that, probably a 650 dual sport.........at least, that's what I'd be shootin' for.
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    +1

    TW200... the "two-wheeled Jeep"... go anywhere, while having fun getting there... great carrying capacity with front & rear CycleRacks.com racks...
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  20. dengwynn

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    Forget the ice chest, get a couple old fiberglass saddlebags drill some 1/4 " holes in the bottom and fill with ice...add fish. Dry ice will freeze them into stone. If you ride several hours, get ice at the last possible place.
    If you fish several hours Ice may melt by then.
    You may not need ice for smallmouth bass, they live in a water bucket for some time.

    But if you catch and release the fish, you can get fish later at a grocery store..they will be fresh.
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