Something I've been looking forward to since signing on with Blackburn, is attending the annual Ranger Camp. Every year, Blackburn invites its Rangers, representatives from sponsoring companies, and writers/bloggers from the industry to San Jose, CA.
Late last month, while visiting one of my favorite bike culture blogs, I came across an opportunity. Blackburn, the venerable bike touring accessory manufacturer, hires six "Blackburn Rangers" to ride a bike from Canada to Mexico. Along the way, the Rangers test and report on new gear, and create social media buzz about the trip. A journey like this has always appealed to me, but I want to add a fishy twist...I propose riding the Pacific Coast bike route, from Vancouver, BC to the Mexican border, while hauling rod, reel, waders and boots in order to fly fish for steelhead along the way.
Integral to many of my adventures, is a way to pack a fly rod around by bike. While there are a number of ways to do this, especially using a rear rack, my favorite employs a little creativity.Fly rods come in many lengths and number of pieces that affect they overall packed length. This day in age, 4 piece rods seem to be the norm and their reduced packed length make them a great choice to bike fishing. Simply strapping a rod tube to the rear rack is definitely an option, but I often reserve the rack for panniers filled with waders, camping gear, and food.