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Bikefishing with Swift Industries AND PATH LESS PEDALED

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Fly fishing and bicycles are a stellar match, and we'll show you our favorite ways to set up your bicycle for life on the fly. You’ve never held a rod in your hands? Perfect! We are partnering with the good folks at Tenkara Rod Co. because they’ve created the perfect set­up for newbies and experts alike.

You’ll come away with the tools to kickstart your next bike­fishing adventures with a great overview of basic gear, the foundations of fishing technique and an eye for spotting the best holes in Portland waters. We’ll wax poetic about how the open road made better by fly­fishing, and round out our morning with hands­on casting practice.

Once we claim our turf we'll get our hands wet with a bit of practice. You’ll learn how to set­up your rods, tie essential knots and experience casting first­hand. Our new bike­anglers will be familiarized with both Tenkara and Traditional fly fishing methods. After a riverside lunch we will put our new skills to the test at catching (or not) those elusive finned creatures before heading back to the Stay Wild EXPO to party. 

About Workshop Leaders

Swift Industries is a bicycle bag company based in Seattle, Washington. All of their products are designed and manufactured from a beautiful industrial workplace in the heart of Ballard. They love bicycles, chase adventure, and have deep admiration for high quality craftsmanship.

Path Less Pedaled is based out of Portland, Oregon, working with communities and agencies who are using bicycling as an economic development tool.

Tenkara Rod Co. is based out of Driggs, Idaho. Within 1 hour of the world's best trout rivers and streams (but don't tell anybody that). Idaho's geography has inspired this hobby as well as the design and functionality of their Tenara rods. 


Saturday Aug 27th, 8am-2pm

8am: Meet at Rivelo (401 SE Caruthers St, Suite 103) for intro snacks and coffee.

9:30: Overview of setting up your bike for bikefishing.

10am-Noon: Ride through the Spring Water Corridor along the Willamette River.

Scouting: Overview of what to look for when out in the field.

Equipment : familiarized with both Tenkara and Traditional fly fishing methods.

Noon: Lunch

Noon-2pm: Try to catch some fish (probably some giant golden karp) before heading back to the festival to party.


What to bring

  • Working bicycle in safe condition, expect to ride 15­-30 miles
  • Helmet
  • Comfortable clothing for the day's weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Shoes or sandals you don't mind getting wet
  • Flat repair kit and pump
  • Drinking water
  • Brimmed cap and Sunglasses (protect your face from sun and fish hooks)


SaturDAY, AUGUST 27, 8am-2PM 

$125 (INCLUDES 1-day fishing licenses, tenkara rod set ups that you'll get to take home, snacks, drinks, and a Stay Wild EXPO goodie bag.)

This is a 12 person class, so tickets are limited.

Bring your own bike! This is a mobile workshop going to different spots on the river.