Fishing while touring

I fancy the idea of adding a little fishing to next year's Scottish ride. Given how little success I've had fishing from the shore, I figured a lightweight inflatable might be useful for sheltered waters. You can get a snazzy Alpacka that's a manageable 2.5kg, but £1000+ seems overkill for a few fish. Anyone else ever done this and have any recommendations?
 

steveindenmark

Legendary Member
I have fancied bikerafting for a while. But like you say, the raft part is expensive. I have a Brompton, which would be ideal. This may be of interest.

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numbnuts

Legendary Member
Location
North Baddesley
The only two types of fishing I would look at is lure or fly as it uses the least amount of the gear a few chosen lures and flies one rod and reel. With the fly maybe two spools one floating one slow sink any more than that would be too much gear to take.
Ps a small folding net....
 

Milkfloat

An Peanut
Location
Midlands
I have had success with ‘net in a gap’ or ’weir fishing’ in the past using an old string bag. I am a kayak/canoe instructor and would love a pack raft whilst touring, but honestly can not justify the expense.
 
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smith4188

smith4188

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Cheers. I watched this a while ago. Originally I thought about strapping a bike to an inflatable, but I think the new machine is too heavy. And it just felt weird the only time I've ridden a Brompton. No, what I'm after is just something to paddle around and get out into the deeper water. The Alpacka inflation system means there's no need to carry a pump. It's just the £££££.
 

beastie

Guru
Location
penrith
I fancy the idea of adding a little fishing to next year's Scottish ride. Given how little success I've had fishing from the shore, I figured a lightweight inflatable might be useful for sheltered waters. You can get a snazzy Alpacka that's a manageable 2.5kg, but £1000+ seems overkill for a few fish. Anyone else ever done this and have any recommendations?
are you fishing fresh water or salt water?? Fish in lakes in Scotland will be not necessarily far from the shore . The same can be said for rivers. Fly fishing is certainly the lightest form of fishing. I have a 6 piece trout rod that packs down to 45cm, and weighs very little. However it takes a bit of knowledge and experience to master casting and more of the same to find fish. You will have more success if you think about where the fish are likely to be.
https://www.mitchellfishing.com/Mitchell-education-how-to-find-fish.html
 
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smith4188

smith4188

Veteran
are you fishing fresh water or salt water?? Fish in lakes in Scotland will be not necessarily far from the shore . The same can be said for rivers. Fly fishing is certainly the lightest form of fishing. I have a 6 piece trout rod that packs down to 45cm, and weighs very little. However it takes a bit of knowledge and experience to master casting and more of the same to find fish. You will have more success if you think about where the fish are likely to be.
Salt water. The ride would be taking in the Scottish islands and there are also less complications with licences when fishing in the sea. I have a telescopic rod that, along with a little box of lures, wouldn't be noticed weight-wise on my bike. And the dinghy would only be for sheltered bays. I don't fancy being blown half way across the Atlantic.
 

cyberknight

As long as I breathe, I attack.
i always find it hard to ride along the bank and keep the line in the water
 
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