I have been using my Fuji Sundance to reach more remote areas along rivers and creeks since I bought it in 1984. I found a rod rack about 1999 and that simplified things. The panniers and trunk are vintage 84' as is the handle bar bag. All together I have about 3600 square inches of cargo space and can carry two rod tubes.
Don't cut yourself out of a great way to reach the outback mountain bikes are great for getting there. Bikes work good in Alaska too.