A couple of weeks ago we were in Klamath Falls, Oregon for a shoot. We stayed a few days afterwards to do some bike and rod exploration of our own. What we found is that Klamath Falls really has great bones to be an awesome outdoor destination. We rode some of the new trails on Spence Mountain which are nicely designed and professionally built trails. Although we are admittedly newbies when it comes to mountain biking, the trails were enjoyable and scenic. After a quick lunch we swapped out all our gear to chase some trout in the Wood river. Although we didn’t get any on this outing, we would definitely come back for more!
Last year at Salsa Ride Camp we surreptitiously took out some bikes and went fishing at the Namekagen river. This year, it was officially part of the program! The enthusiasm for this “niche” activity was awesome. Over the course of the weekend about 40 people went out to try flyfishing by bike, for no less than three hour blocks! It was awesome to introduce people to this fun sport to combine with cycling.
This past weekend we got to collaborate with our friends at Swift Industries on a Bikefishing Class at the Stay Wild Adventure Expo. For longtime readers, you’ll probably remember our trip with Swift a few years ago on the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. Since then, we’ve both been getting more into fishing and it was probably only a matter of time when we would do another project together. What we didn’t expect was for our class at the Adventure Expo to sellout and have a waiting list!
Our class was full at 12 people, which was a good number because it gave us time to really work with individuals. We had great gear sponsors from Tenkara Rod Co. and Redington, that helped outfit participants with a ready to fish package. Tanner from Tenkara Rod Co. helped us teach some casting and also answered specific questions about their rods. We kicked off the class at Rivelo and then rode along the Springwater to various spots where we gave instruction and had lunch. At the last destination, we let everyone loose to play with their new gear and put into practice what they just learned!
Our primary goal was to have fun and give people enough information to get them going on their own bikefishing adventures. We know from personal experience, how intimidating it is to get into flyfishing. A lot of shops are old school (a lot like some bikes shops!) with salty guys behind the counter that aren’t really interested in helping out beginners unless they are going to do a guided trip. We wanted to save people a lot of that anxiety and frustration and present the material in a real approachable, beginner friendly way. I think we succeeded! Everyone at the end of the day had smiles on their faces and some even caught a few tiny fish.
We had more fun than we expected doing this class, so there might be another one in the future. Stay tuned!
In this vid, we interview our friends at Swift Industries about two new bags they are releasing. One of them is specifically made for the popular Wald 137 basket, which we are super excited about. Watch the vid to get an exclusive sneak peek.
Yay! We shot this video in early summer and it is finally being released. Having ridden, driven and filmed many of the Oregon Scenic Bikeways this one is one of our favorites especially if you like climbing on a road bike! It makes a great day trip, but it can also be broken up as a two day biketouring trip by camping one of two lakes that you pass. If you are in Southern Oregon, check it out!