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 :  https://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.  https://kaneklassics.com/montague-bikes/folding-bike-micro-bike-fits-airplane-rv-car/

Electric Bike, How to use the Bionx Pedal Assist to level your ride effort.

 

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

When you have your Electric bike, how to use the Bionx Pedal Assist to level your ride effort becomes second nature as you ride. You refer to your control panel and set either

The Bionx cockpit controller allowing you to input your level of assist and regeneration to the battery.

The Bionx cockpit controller allowing you to input your level of assist and regeneration to the battery.

positive clicks for more and higher pedal assist levels or minus clicks to get to regenerate levels which ad recharging to your battery and at the same time creates drag or braking.

 

The ability to input your level of assist to make a hill climb and then to regenerate on the down hill nicely levels out your exercise.  NO MORE heart stopping hill climbs followed by down hill over speeding or melting your brakes.

The light weight and highly capable Bionx Motor

The light weight and highly capable Bionx Motor

The chart below can be clicked on for a full size page.  You see on this diagram the levels as examples and the speeds are not valid. The purpose of this chart is to explain that on the level just pedal or any level of positive assist you desire: on the uphill again any level of positive assist to make it up the hill: on the down hill click negative clicks to set different levels to suit you as you recharge the battery and hold you back on the down hill.  Your owners manual will get you up to speed in more detail which will make this chart make perfect sense.

How to lever your ride, see text for full explanation

How to lever your ride, see text for full explanation

Once you combine the use of this chart and your Bionx users manual you will be leveling out your bike ride exercise to enjoy miles of touring and fun.

Many  combinations of assist and recharge are yours to play with and refine. Electric Bike, How to use the Bionx Pedal Assist to level your ride effort will become second nature.

Electric BIkes – upgrading your old favorite

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

I have been getting a lot of questions on upgrading one’s older favorite bike with an electric bike pedal assist kit.  The best answer I can give you is … YES.  The perfect example I have is my 30 year old Schwinn Varsity 18 Speed.  Electric bikes are amazing technology that can upgrade your child hood/college bike.

Electric bike ,my 1984 Schwinn transported in time to 2014

Electric bikes – upgrading your old favorite, my 1984 Schwinn… transported in time to 2014

I paid $550.00 in 1984 which in today’s dollars was a very nice bike back then. I choose it for the easy removable front tire and wheel.  I wanted it to fit in my airplane and there were not folding full size bikes back then as we carry at Kane Klassics today.

I originally chose the Bionx Pedal Assist system as it is the most advanced electric bikes – upgrading your old favorite bike system out there today.  I have owned several Prius hybrid cars and the Bionx system worked in the same manner.  Talk about capability, the systems light weight, 48 volt long lasting battery (60 mile plus range) and advance regeneration charge back into the battery on braking/down hill was just plan amazing.  The pedal assist senses your input and matches it or exceeds it to your command settings.

The light weight and highly capable Bionx Motor

The light weight and highly capable Bionx Motor

Hills and loads were now easily mastered extending my range and ride.  You still get you exercise.  Here is an operational selection for the down hills, to get maximum regeneration and it holds you back.  what that means is you pedal up with the same effort or more on the down hill.  This is amazing technology especially for couples where and injury or knee aliment prevents their riding together.  Now they have no excuse not to ride together never worried that their riding partner will over exert.

The 1984 Schwinn looking like any 2014 bike!

The 1984 Schwinn looking like any 2014 bike!

So early on as a electric bikes dealer, just like Kane Klassics fly rod restoration service, why not extend that retrofit service to the biking enthusiast. My Schwinn now stand proudly along side the new bikes in the shop, equal in looks and functionality.  We polished up the

Bamboo Fly Rod Restoration

Fly Rod Restoration, turning an old favorite into a modern tool, as we do with your older bike.

Schwinn, new brakes, tires and adjustments.  Then added the Bionx 48 volt Pedal Assist System which as in a time machine brought the 1984 bike forward to 2014!

The Bionx cockpit controller allowing you to input your level of assist and regeneration to the battery.

The Bionx cockpit controller allowing you to input your level of assist and regeneration back into the battery.

This bike is at the shop and you can visit to see and ride the modernized 2014 capable Schwinn. For technical and further information visit the https://www.kaneklassics.com web site.

Kane Klassics Myzithra Cheese Snow Crab Luguine, by Doug Kulick – bamboo rod maker

Kane Klassics Myzithra Cheese Snow Crab Luguine is an outstanding dish. This post is under outdoor cooking.  However during the winter you might want a very fine meal done inside your cabin or RV and this is one of my favorites.  Myzithra is a traditional, unpasteurized fresh cheese made with milk and whey from sheep.  You can find this at Whole Foods market and Trader Joes or your food store.

Snow crab ready for cleaning.

Snow crab ready for cleaning.

The crab can be any you favor, I like the Alaskan Snow Crab and you can find it for around $7.00 a pound at Win Co shopping market or a shopping store that is close to you.  Its always pre-cooked aboard ship and flash frozen and is as good as it gets following my directions.

Plan on 1 pound per person;  you will steam the crab for 20 minutes in a large pot where you added, two table spoons of white vinegar, one table spoon of pepper corns, and a pinch of garlic. I add a dark beer or a cooking wine to the water as well. Use a steaming rack and place just enough boil keeping it under the the crab. This steams the crab and does not  boil it.

Use a large pot with a steaming rack on the bottom , keeps the crab out of the boil.

Use a large pot with a steaming rack on the bottom , keeps the crab out of the boil.

 

The white vinegar and pepper corns counter any fishiness from the crab. This is one of the key secrets to a perfect dish. As the crab steams, prepare one stick of non salted butter to be browned.  Browned butter is simply melted butter over low heat until it browns. Your taste will determine how brown you want it.  Start your boiling water for the luguine by adding one table spoon of salt and a 1/4 stick of butter.  Boil to completion where you like the hardness of softness of the pasta.

pepper corns

pepper corns

 

 

Ok,  now your at 20 minutes, remove the crab and start cleaning;  see the picture to see the weapons you’ll need.

Most crab looses the fight to sharp scissors and garden clipper used only in the kitchen

Most crab looses the fight to sharp scissors and garden clipper used only in the kitchen

The crab is hot so be careful cleaning and do check on your butter and pasta as you clean.  This is a timing dance… crab cleaned, butter browned and the last step get your cheese grated per your liking.

adding browned butter

adding browned butter

Now your ready for the final prep.  Drain the pasta and rinse quickly in cold water, on top of your rinsed pasta,  add the crab, then the cheese followed by the browned butter. Chow down!

Ingredient list:

          Crab (0ne pound per person)

White Vinagar
Pepper corns
Myzithra cheese & Cooking wine
Liguine pasta
Unsalted butter
Garlic

“NOW THAT’S SOME MIGHTY FINE CHOW’ …unknown Marine

 

 

Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

News Flash:
Our Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design is the industry light-weight leaders.. the 6′trailer, a mere 27 lbs !

 

Kit Fox Airplane

Aviation design flows to all Kane Klassics products.

Kane Klassics has always taken the lead in innovative designs, from our multi piece fly rods to the unique design of our Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design .  One aspect of design we try and improve on all our products is the aviation technical design knowledge which we used in building the company airplane.  Design techniques for weight reduction, materials, and production engineering all play together.    Our cargo trailers are the industry light-weight leaders.. the 6′trailer, a mere 27 lbs ! The recommended carrying capacity is 180 lbs. This provides ample load for several float boats, ice chest, camping gear and fishing rods and gear.

In our Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design , this aviation expertise plays a key role.  We selected corrosion resistant aluminum for our flatbed bike beds combined with stainless steel components which has produced a bicycle trailer design that will last the original owner many care free maintenance years.

Our suspension system uses no thru axle.  This is very key to an off road bicycle trailer design as it affords a trailer that will not hang up over center of the trail obstructions.  The wide tubed knobby tire smooths the ride for your gear and never sinks in sand.  This

bicycle trailer with its unique suspension points allowing the trailer to step over trail obstructions.

bicycle cargo trailer with its flatbed and unique suspension points allowing the trailer to step over trail obstructions. ITS WEIGHT IS A MERE 27 LBS!

allows less strain and pedal input form the rider.

Fat tire,  E-Bike installed electric motor system was designed and integrated for trailer pulling.

Fat tire, E-Bike installed electric motor system was designed and integrated for trailer pulling.

The Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design of the aluminum bed on the standard trailer is unique for its t-bar slats.  This allows sand and water to drop through the bed when loading a wet and muddy/sandy float device.  The slats provide numerous tie off places so multiple gear straps will secure any arrangement of on board cargo.

T-bar slats for unlimited tie downs and allowing dirt and sand to fall through.

T-bar slats for unlimited tie downs and allowing dirt and sand to fall through. NOTE the side amber and rear red reflectors. Its weight is a mere 27 lbs for the 6′ model.

Our Bicycle Cargo Trailer Design does not account for human riders.  Our trailer is a cargo bed designed specifically for cargo and fishing equipment in particular.  We integrated amber and red reflectors for safe night and dusk riding.

The top speed on down hill runs is a recommended 5 mph.  This allows trouble free handling and is more then fast enough on down hill grades of 6 to 20 percent.  Loading the trailer is common sense.  The heavy load go over the center suspension and lighter loads to front and rear.  You do not want to load weight forward putting a large tongue weight on the bike mount.  Use the same common load measures used on your car trailers, RVs and truck trailers.

Bicycle Cargo Trailers for Fishing Gear

 

Its not about the journey, but the destination.

News Flash:
Our Bicycle Cargo Trailers for Fishing Gear are the industry light-weight leaders.. the 6′trailer, a mere 27 lbs !

 

Bicycle Cargo Trailers for Fishing Gear with great cargo carrying ability are few and far between.  Most bike trailers use bike tires at the cargo bed so you have a half of a bike tire restricting your cargo.  Kane Klassics bicycle trailers were designed for two prime capabilities. The first capability utilizes a flat bed cargo area so your over size float tube and other fishing gear are not restricted and can hang off the beds side. The second capability mounts fat tires under the cargo bed for non interferance of your cargo load that will hang over the flat bed above the tires.  These two capabilities offer maximum usage for getting your gear to your destination.

Bicycle trailer, made in America by Kane Klassics

Bicycle trailer, made in America by Kane Klassics

Bicycle trailer , flat bed with the optional fly rod rack and show with a float boat equipped with oars and rowing frame.

Bicycle trailer , flatbed with the optional fly rod rack and show with a float boat equipped with oars and rowing frame. 27 lbs. the light-weight leader in cargo trailers.

Bicycle trailers need to be light in weight and yet strong. The Kane Klassics bicycle trailers are strong and light (6′ is a mere 27lbs.), using aluminum as the key material which is also quiet corrosion repelling. These we make here in the shop in Reno NV.

bicycle trailer with optional rod rack and stowage, on the open slat bed

bicycle trailer with optional rod rack and stowage, on the open slat flatbed

In fishing a lake and riding the Fat tire sand bikes in the sand and wet mud, a trailer to carry you float tube or boat needs to be in launch position quickly and afford ease of loading.  Our open slat design allows both those key user functions plus gives your unlimited tie down stations and allows water , mud and sand to drop of the trailer bed. The other key design of the Kane Klassics bicycle trailer is the four point mounting holes for rod racks and equipment storage.  This allows for secure fly rod storage out of the way of your gear.

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.

The Bicycle Trailers for Fishing Cargo design allows addition of stowage boxes for ice chests, fishing vests and other gear.  So in fishing a lake if the fish bite moves you reload you gear and pedal down the beach and relaunch.  Utilizing the fat tire sand bike and trailers fat tires affords no stuck car of pickup as that vehicle was securely parked in the hard dirt away from where the bike and trailer took you.

 

optional fly rod rack

optional fly rod rack with the solid abs plastic trailer bed flooring

 

One of the caught and released Trout now fearing the FAT TIRE scourge

One of the caught and released Trout now fearing the FAT TIRE scourge on Pyramid Lake NV using the Fat Tire Sand Bikes pulling the bicycle trailer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more information and pricing see the Kane Klassics web site  http://www.kaneklassicscs.com

 

Kane Klassics Aircraft – Kitfox STOL Model IV

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Kitfox Poster

Kitfox aircraft poster – Double click to enlarge

 

Douglas Kulick of Kane Klassics took ten years to build the Kitfox Model IV Aircraft. He has flown it for now over 11  years. The aircraft is fully instrumented and has a parachute for the whole aircraft. The auto pilot is interconnected to the panel mounted GPS and for fly rod storage, an internal fly rod holder secures any rods needed for a trip.  All of the Folding Mountain Bikes of Kane Klassics are able to fit into the Kitfox as well.

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

Full instrumented panel. GPS, auto pilot, and instrument flight certified.

The Kane Klassics Aircraft – Kitfox STOL (short take off and landing) Model IV has a 40 lb gear carrying capable belly pod ensuring all equipment for a fishing trip is on board. The aircraft is further equipped with survival kits depending on mountain or desert flight over those varied terrain types.

Kane Klassics Kitfox Aircraft with belly pod cargo container. Parachute installed for the whole aircraft.

Kane Klassics Kitfox Aircraft with belly pod cargo container. Parachute installed for the whole aircraft. Ask you airline captain if your airliner has one your next trip!!!

 

A fantastic view out the co-pilot widow of a Montana river soon to be fished.

A fantastic view out the co-pilot widow of a Montana river soon to be fished.

The primary use of the aircraft is finding fish structure and habitat by viewing a birds eye view of rivers and lakes prior to client trips.

For trip transportation on the ground, all Kane klassics folding bikes with or without electric pedal assist systems, get you to your stream or destination free of a rental car.

The bike folded, sits in the co-pilot seat within the folded bike storage bag.

The bike folded, sits in the co-pilot seat within the folded bike storage bag.

For more information on the Kitfox Aircraft contact:

https://www.kaneklassics.com 

 http://www.kitfoxaircraft.com

Paratrooper Pro - Kane Klassics Edition

Paratrooper Pro – Kane Klassics Edition

 

With over 60 mile pedal assisted range with and electric pedal assist systme, this bike covers more then enough distance from landing field to stream side/destination.

 

How To Care for Bamboo Fly Rods

How to care for Bamboo fly rod is very easy and is no more consuming then the care you would give to a fine Graphite rod.  Ill take you through the steps:

Female Ferrule care:

Use a clear Q-tip, I recommend the wooden stick ones as they are much stronger then the fiber stick.  Use a minor amount of Paint Thinner.  If you ooze out excess thinner it wont mare the bamboo coating in back of the ferrule or up on the ferrule.  This will remove dirt and grease making your male ferrule insert and tighten into the female correctly.  Once clear and clean the female is renewed and no more effort is needed:

Cleaning a bamboo fly rods female ferrule with a wooden stick Q-Tip and light amount of paint thinner.

Cleaning a bamboo fly rods female ferrule with a wooden stick Q-Tip and light amount of paint thinner.

Male Ferrule:

The male ferrule needs a light polishing with #0000 steel wool once or twice a year. this polishes any burrs and cleans the male.

Using #0000 steel wool to polish a male ferrule.

Using #0000 steel wool to polish a male ferrule.

Once clean use canning clear wax you would use in canning fruit to lightly lube the male.  NEVER USE NOSE OIL.  The use of the old fisherman tail of lubing ferrules with your nose oil will corrode and collect dirt in the female ferrule.  In How to care for your bamboo fly rods, this alone will save you untold ferrule sticking and damage. By sliding the male ferrule over the wax coats and lubes it correctly. Any excess will be pushed aside as you insert it into the female.

Lubing the clean male ferrule with canning wax.

Lubing the clean male ferrule with canning wax.

 

 

Bamboo fly rod Field sense:

When you break for lunch never lean your bamboo fly rods or graphite fly rods with the tip leaning against a barn, RV or tree in the sun.  Over your lunch break, either material can set up with a bend. Always assure you rest the rod with no load on it. you can set against an upright object, just dont induce a load bending the rod. The best method is to lay atop bushes or trees out of the sun with, again no load on the rod.  This also keeps the rod elevated for others not step on your bamboo fly rod or graphite rod.

Dont let your rod rest against a tree or RV in the sun over lunch, you could put a set in the rod

Dont let your rod rest against a tree or RV in the sun over lunch, you could put a set in the rod

Bamboo Fly Rods and Graphite Rods, a caring return:

Once home simple wipe down drying the rods sections, you can use some furniture wax on an old clean t-shirt to shine and protect the rods coatings.  Then leave the rod case open on the dinning room diner table for 24 hours.  This is usually a wide open and safe area to let the rod and case return to a dry condition to store the rod .  Doing this allows you the time

Fly rod and case left upon for 24 hours to dry following your retrun, safe on the dinning room table!

Fly rod and case left upon for 24 hours to dry following your retrun, safe on the dinning room table!

after a trip to inspect each section assuring the guides and ferrules as well as the reel seat are all in serviceable condition.  Fail to do this and ill be hearing from you for a repair or premature restoration.  So now you know how to care for bamboo fly rods and the same care is fine for graphite rods. See my link below for help if your rod needs it.

https://kaneklassics.com/custom-bamboo-fly-rods/