Author Archives: Doug Kulik
Guiding Trips using Kane Klassics bamboo fly rods
Guide Season 2019:
This year we are continuing the guiding of our friends and clients to include the use of bamboo and graphite Kane klassics Fly Rods. Our trips provide all flies, leaders and rods so all levels of fly fishers can enjoy the day therefore getting the most out of a days catching perhaps a fish of a lifetime. You are welcome to use your own rods any time. We concentrate on teaching and casting, insect lore and presentation and as a result anglers of any level will improve.
We have a 20′ Lowe 90 hp guide boat that assures comfortable casting and riding to and from the fishing areas. Snacks and drinks are provided, lunches most importantly, can be requested.
All flies and leaders are most importantly included during the Trip!
$550 per day for one or two anglers
10% discount on consecutive booked days in a row
Call 775-677-0590 for reservations
Kane Klassics – Fly Fishing News Letter – Spring 2019
Kane Klassics recommended Electric Heated Gloves
We use a numerous amount of items in testing our fly rods, in guiding and general outdoor fishing experiences. It has been my policy to always pass on useful products even though Kane Klassics would not sell them, so our friends and customers can take advantage of our real world use of these items. We have always looked for a source of hand warming technology as we fish in the winter mountain conditions through out the west. The packaged crush type hand warmers are ok but they provide minimum hear through the day.
The Rocket Burner Motorcycle leather electric gloves are spot on. The easily recharged lithium batteries are good for hours of controlled heat. The water proof and breathable glove is great in the rain and driving the boat in winter weather.
There are many types and options but I decided on the battery powered gloves at they are not tethered to the boat or car/ATV.
These are quality gloves which should last a lifetime.The batteries are easily inserted into the battery pouch and hooked into the electrical lead.
We were impressed and purchased ours from “Road Rider of Reno”. you can reach them at www.roadrideroftenofreno.com
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.
The 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.
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
Kitfox 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.
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 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.
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
with any number of hooks and climbing hooks all from, again Walmart! Any questions contact Tom or Kane Klassics.
Kane Klassics Kitfox Aircraft uses
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.
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.
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” !
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.
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!
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!!!
KANE KLASSICS Back Pack Lightweight Float Boat Anchor System
This YouTube film shows you how to pack-in and out a natural lightweight anchor system for your float boat into the back country. KANE KLASSICS Back Pack Lightweight Float Boat Anchor System allows you to use shore rocks at the lake for weight and dump them out for a no weight pack out.