12 pound raft with oars

12 pound raft with oars. The ultimate float tube , by Alpaka rafts weights only 12 lbs with its own built in pack pack.  We recently were in a Mountain Lake in the Apache Indian area of eastern Arizona and had a great time with ease of packing in a row-able float boat.

IMG_1672The craft is easy to inflate and quiet stable.  Rowing is easy and quick.  In a pinch you could use it to carry a smaller second passenger but things would be tight.  I normally carry several rods as the boat can troll rods nicely.

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On the pricy side, its about $133.00 a pound, but worth every penny or ounce when your hiking in.

Kitfox Aircraft flight instruments- radios

IMG_1688IMG_1684Kitfox Aircraft flight instruments- radios were put into the aircraft to give it the ultimate use potential. Many of you have asked what was built into the Kitfox as far as radios and panel instruments.  During the 10 years to build the aircraft, i decided to make it a fully capable night flight, and instrument flight rated craft (IFR).  So an instrumented rated pilot can fly the Kitfox in weather and clouds just like the big guys in the airlines.

King radios were chosen for capability and reliability and an auto pilot increases ease of long fight fatigue.  The “T” scan arrangement was utilized as thats how I was trained.  This allows scans which one has imbedded in their training and come naturally as flights are flown.  The auto pilot reduces single pilot work load when your in the clouds.

Full instrumented panel. GPS, auto pilot, intsrumented flight certifiied

Full instrumented panel. GPS, auto pilot, intsrument flight certifiied

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Kane Klassics car top tent

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

For our extended fishing trips we finally broke the code on the best car top tent out there. We found a great supplier in Seattle WA.( https://adventure-ready.com/product-category/rooftop-tents/) for the Kane Klassics car top tent.  Tom, the owner is very knowledgeable in all awnings, tents and other gear, all top quality. We selected the Nomad 160 by James Baroud Company. Tom’s a distributor for the west coast. We Drove over 800 miles at highway 65 to 75 mph in solid rain and snow and no leaks under the cover!

The Rino Rack awning over the drive side

The Rino Rack awning over the drive side

Maker Doug Kulick in Seattle with the newly installed Nomad 160

Maker Doug Kulick in Seattle with the newly installed Nomad 160

The Nomad is the easiest deploying and folding tent system with the added advantage of being able to bring in side the ladder for added security.

We have done some mods that are low cost and unique for gear stowage.

cargo net in the entry way for shoes and wet jackets

cargo net in the entry way for shoes and wet jackets

inside stowage net held in with velcro straps

 

The first mods were net stowage system.  The one over the tents inside is for clothing, junk, snacks etc that would other wise clutter out the tent.  The net over the ladder entrance are for your shoes, wet rain jacket etc keeping the inside dry and clean.  The other user issue is when your camped on a hard surface.  As you enter the tent when your weight is off the ladder it will sometimes slide in under the tent.  So for road trips I found a shop rubber rug matt keeps that ladder extended.  You can find the nets at Walmart for $9.00 and secure with

rubber shop rug which keeps your ladder in place on hard surfaces

rubber shop rug which keeps your ladder in place on hard surfaces

 

with any number of hooks and climbing hooks all from, again Walmart!  Any questions contact Tom or Kane Klassics.

Good old Walmart item for $9.00!!!

the water proof proven tent travel cover

the water proof proven tent travel cover

 

Kane Klassics Kitfox Aircraft uses

After a recon flight of Pyramid Lake NV. the Kitfox awaits return to the hanger.

After a recon flight of Pyramid Lake NV. the Kitfox awaits return to the hanger.

The Kitfox has a gross aircraft weight of 700 lbs.  With the tundra tires and rear tundra tail wheel its a hump to push the plane up hill into the hanger.  We cane up with a $35.oo Harbor Freight special!

We used a solid tire furniture mover with a tail wheel adaptor we made and  welded on.  Great for pushing and turning the plane with all those sticky tires on the tarmack.

We reconned the lake shore for a trip up coming next week for drop offs and trails into the lake.

The terrain out to Pyramid Lake

The terrain out to Pyramid Lake

Back to our aircraft dolly.  We used a low cost dolly with solid tires.  Remember the sticky tundra tires making the plane impossible to push by the aircraft holds.  We welded on a tail wheel holder and instant success! Outstanding in use Kane Klassics Ktifox Aircraft dolly.

 

The low cost homemade tail wheel dolly works outstandingly!

The low cost homemade tail wheel dolly works outstandingly!

Once the welding was finished a can of red spray paint touched it all up.

Once the welding was finished a can of red spray paint touched it all up.

Look for more uses of the airplane as we go into winter.  In a high desert like the Reno area the best flying is in the winter.  Cold stable air, unless a storm is upon us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kane Klassics Prius “on fumes” road trip!

I have owned three Prius cars over the last four years.  Two are the normal size and the newest Kane Klassics command car is the Prius C.  This car is pushing 60 MPG at 65 MPH with the air on!!  Some ask is that why his license is “ON FUMES” !

At 60 plus MPG I think "ON FUMES" tells it all.

At 60 plus MPG I think “ON FUMES” tells it all.

So with that in mind, draw a circle on the map 4 Hrs drive from the shop in Reno and you are looking at hundreds of fly fishing destinations.  The first destination and trial run was a meager 650 mile round trip to southern Oregon.

60.1 MPG  "on fumes" at 65 MPH with air!!

60.1 MPG “on fumes” at 65 MPH with air!!

A proud owner having his picture taken by the AM-PM ladies!

A proud owner having his picture taken by the AM-PM ladies!

So we loaded up the little Prius C with all our gear including a four man Zodiac rubber boat complete with a 2.5 HP out board, all camping gear, fishing gear, food and even our Micro Bike!

The evidence of all that gear before loading!

The evidence of all that gear before loading!

Could not forget the Micro Bike!

Could not forget the Micro Bike!

Birds eye view.

Birds eye view.

That poor “C” was filled to the Gills and I had not enough room for a slupie! I traveled at highway legal speeds and averaged 53.1 MPG for a total fuel cost of $45.00.

 

 

 

So after the 2 1/2 day fishing trip, 28 4-5 lb trout caught and released, 3 wicked thunder storms and then repacking the gear,  I cant wait for the next ROD TEST!!!

Out of the "C" and into the lake.

Out of the “C” and into the lake.

I hate to be cramped in a tent... 8 man Coleman!

I hate to be cramped in a tent… 8 man Coleman!

Proof of success and many thanks to Toyota.  DON'T CHANGE IT guys

Proof of success and many thanks to Toyota. DON’T CHANGE IT guys

Bicycle Cargo Trailer Mods

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

We have offered Bicycle Cargo Trailer Mods and accessories that that are mountable within the frame of our bicycle trailers but we are happy to provide the information for our customers to make their own. If your not into crafts then by all means call us for us to make these for you and we would be happy to work with you.

Optional rod racks and float boat loaded on to the open slat trailer bed.

Optional rod racks and float boat loaded on to the open slat trailer bed.

Bicycle trailer fishing rod option

Bicycle cargo trailer fishing rod option

In construction of any side rails or stowage racks, we use simple ABS pipe available at all hardware and building stores.  Below see the parts list for you to do your own.  The cargo trailer has four corner round holes with lock set screws to secure the piping.

Bicycle trailer rack mounting holes located at the trailers four corners

Bicycle cargo trailer rack mounting holes located at the trailers four corners

See the picture of the hole at the four corners of the trailer bed.

You can see the pipe above and the mounting hole on the trailers corner.  Your imagination is your best source for making your own stowage and containment racks.  One fly fisherman has made a tent system on the 6′ trailer.

MATERIAL LIST AND SIZES:

Frame work pipe   1 1/2 inch

Coupling 1 inch with inside ridge ground off

White Pipe 1 inch inside diameter

Wooden reinforcement dowel 1 inch

outside black pipe is 1 1/2 inch. inner color is a 1 inch coupling. with a 1 inch dowel insert.

Outside black pipe is 1 1/2 inch.the inner pipe  is a 1 inch coupling. with a 1 inch dowel insert.

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The 1 inch ID pipe inserted into the coupling

 

You can all ways take the cargo trailer to the hardware store and mix and match components for your needs. Bicycle Cargo Trailer Mods are easy to upgrade your trailer to your own needs.  Call and we can help if you have questions.  800-337-5200

Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

We have always lead the fly rod industry in Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel. Sporting magazines and books have given us many kind accolade over the last

Kauai Hawaiian sun set

Kauai Hawaiian sun set

kane klassics graphite, five piece graphite pack rod awaiting to go fishing on a Kauai , Hawaiian flat.

kane klassics graphite, five piece graphite pack rod awaiting to go fishing on a Kauai , Hawaiian flat.

26 years for our pack rods that cast equal or better then standard rods. The pack rods allow you to travel to normal destinations and still have a fly rod available for

Now thats a prime flat with a five piece graphite fly rod awaiting a passing bone fish.

Now thats a prime flat with a five piece graphite fly rod awaiting a passing bone fish.

a quick afternoon or week of fishing. We recently traveled to Kauai, Hawaii and fished for some fantastic fish from the north island flats to inter island sugar cane lakes.

6 lb. prime Hawaiian Bone Fish and a Kane Klassics 5 pc 9' fly rod.

6 lb. prime Hawaiian Bone Fish and a Kane Klassics 5 pc 9′ fly rod.

Hawaiian waters have a good population of saltwater Bone Fish in the 4 to 20 lb. size ranges.  The sugar cane lakes have small and large mouth Bass, Talapia and Peacock Bass. While the family does the beach gig, you can be fishing some impressive and unique fisheries.

Pack rods are easily carried aboard airlines today as well.  Just dont have knives and pliers in with your rods.

Our guide, Nigel did a fine job sighting and showing us the best flats for the Bone Fish.  Contact him at 1-808-652-9038, or at  flyfishkauai@hotmail.com.

Sugar cane Large Mouth Bass on Kauai

Sugar cane Large Mouth Bass on Kauai

He can take you fly fishing all over Kauai including trout fishing.  Kauai is a little known great fishing destination which lets the family do their thing while you do yours! See the web site for more details on the varied and highly capable pack rods both in Bamboo pack & Graphite pack fly rods that travel.   www.kaneklassics.com

Sugar cane Peacock Bass in Kauai with a Kane Klassics 9' 5 pc fly rod

Sugar cane Peacock Bass in Kauai with a Kane Klassics 9′ 5 pc fly rod

 

 

 

 

Trout flies, why are trout fussy

This week this writer fished the American River around Auburn California on a limited access 8 mile section which had not been fished for at least four days before.  Always try to think like a fish, ask the question, Trout flies, why are trout fussy?  What makes them attack with lust or move away from your presentation.  When approaching  new water where wild trout have not been disturbed,  they are often quiet selective in what offering they will want.

A remote section of the American River

A remote section of the American River

Always start exploring with a mid sinking line with a leach or wooly bugger mid size, 12 or 10.  If no grabs you must rethink your offering.  The solution is to go smaller and slower in your presentation. As the mid range depth is fished with now grabs, try the top layer, still no garbs.. you are facing fussy fish that are actually intimidated by your larger size offering.  Try small nymphs and fish them in the same manner of depth slowly, still no grabs, go smaller still.  Start with a 12 and 14 trailing nymph, blood midge, hares ear your just searching.  Still not luck, go 16 and 18.

That was the secret for success and 15 native trout from 12 to 17 inches taker over a mid day four hour period.  Fish either swinging the tiny nymphs or under an indicator.  The largest fish an aggressive 17 rainbow took in a fast riffle, an 18 hares ear bead head.

The other observation when you begin searching is to watch and look.  That day no fish were feeding anywhere on the surface and it just felt like a shy day for the population.  This was proven when the tiny flies worked.  This writer has observed this condition many times over 30 years of fly fishing.  Trout flies, why are trout fussy… trout are in a sense weary of larger offerings.

looking at the riffle thats text book for nymphing techniques

looking at the riffle thats text book for nymphing techniques

On even selective trout fish a hares ear, prince nymph or Pt nymph slowly.  Its the size and dead drift that will save your day and up set theirs!

Hares ears nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

All hares ear in small sizes

All hares ear in small sizes

PT nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

Keep the size small

Keep the size small

Prince nymphs, both bead head and standard 12-18

The prince is king among searching flies

The prince is king among searching flies

For a great selection of the small size nymphs at a very reasonable $1.00 each,  see the flies at :  http://kaneklassics.com/shop/

Folding bike, micro bike 20 inch mountain bike tire upgrade

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

Our Folding bike, micro bike 20 inch mountain bike tire upgrade has been tested and improves the usage of the micro bike to the level of normal size mountain bikes with 26 inch tires.

A outstanding option: Mtn. BIke, Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 20-Inch x 2.125-Inch same as the 26 inch tire on a full size bike.

A outstanding option: Mtn. BIke, Wire Bead Bicycle Tire, Blackwall, 20-Inch x 2.125-Inch same as the 26 inch tire on a full size bike.

Our experience with off airport landings and remote landing strips has shown us the need for a mountain bike tire to ride on dirt and gravel back country roads that your micro bike will encounter.  This option allows

The micro awaiting folding before boarding the Kitfox aircraft.

The micro awaiting folding before boarding the Kitfox aircraft.

the ride comfort and control of a normal sized mountain bike 26 inch or larger tire gives you.

Kit Fox Airplane

Aviation design flows to all Kane Klassics products. NOTE the tundra tires for landing off airport and on gravel strips.

In the picture comparing the 20 inch to the 26 inch tire you can see the 2.125 inch width of both tires is the same.  You get the comfort of a full size bike with the smaller micro bike size which fits more compactly into the aircraft , RV or auto.

You can see the web site for more details and ordering.  http://kaneklassics.com/montague-bikes/folding-bike-micro-bike-fits-airplane-rv-car/