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Old 10-22-2009, 06:45 PM
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What a great idea! I have always struggled with shuttles. And... you do not even need a boat to make this work. There are spots I go where I would like to fish in one direction for a few miles and then get back to the truck without having to wade back.

I need to look into this a lot more - Thanks!
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Hello Steve,
Its always exciting to me when I hear someone has been in the Cranberry backcountry. It is a beautiful place that, in my opinion, should be experienced by all. But, I guess I am a little biased. That is the place where I actually learned to fly fish. Let me tell you, it doesnt matter how hot it gets, 10 minutes in the water without waders and your legs will be numb.
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I rolled into the parking lot at the southern entrance
You said you went in the lower gate, How far did you make it up the river? Im just wondering if you made it to the mountain. Or over the other side. Its strange, the other side of the mountain is a totally different world.

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Hey I just remembered this. The owner of Cranberry Adventures does all the hard work for you. He has a set off mules and a wagon that you throw all your stuff on and hitch a ride to where ever you want to go. Then you schedule a time that you want to come back and hes there to pick you up to take you back to the gate. I dont know what the rates are but for a long weekend of fishing and camping this is hard to beat. Better than biking the seven miles to even reach the fly fishing only and C&R areas. (Coming from the lower gate that is.)
This link is Charleston's news station doing a story about the company but there is also contact info.
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As an update, I've not yet done the bike shuttle thing yet as I discovered that my boat's a bit too wide to have on the roof of my Forester at the same time as my bike. I'd have to get a j-rack, and I'm just not digging the extra cost quite yet.
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As I mentioned in the original post, I did eventually get a used bike off Craigslist. Outfitting it to carry a rod was pretty simple using a section of PVC pipe and some cable ties - here is a link to what I did.

This summer I want to use it along the Potomac as well as other places that have a blocked forest service road to get into different and, hopefully, good spots!
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Switch,

Very cool; I'm glad to see that you got a system that is working for you. Have you looked into and racks or panniers for carrying things along? I like the idea of sound security (attached bags) when carrying fishing gear. Nothing would ruin a trip like loosing something even if were only clippers or floatant.

I'll be looking for updates on your two wheeled adventures here so don't forget to post when you have the time.

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As I mentioned in the original post, I did eventually get a used bike off Craigslist. Outfitting it to carry a rod was pretty simple using a section of PVC pipe and some cable ties - here is a link to what I did.

This summer I want to use it along the Potomac as well as other places that have a blocked forest service road to get into different and, hopefully, good spots!
Nicely done. I fashioned something similar by bending some brackets and putting them on tube with hose clamps, and it kinda snapped into position on the rear rack and was removable. Sold that bike since then, oh well.

I noticed you mentioned carrying extra gear in a backpack. If you're going to carry much weight any distance, I'd look into panniers. I used to ride a bike to get groceries, and if you really load up a 35L pack, you definitely notice the extra weight's added pressure on your butt. (this was a 1.2mi ride) Front panniers would be best to distribute the weight a bit better between the two wheels, or something like this- Louis Garneau Box HB-09 Handlebar Bag - Panniers/Rack Trunks/Handlebar
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Hey there everybody. I found this video on Youtube and thought it was pretty cool. It showcases some of the fly fishing only area on the Dogway fork of the Cranberry. As well as some beautiful fish.
Hope you enjoy.

After watching that again I saw a point where one of the guys flips off the camera. I dont want to offend anyone so here's a heads up.

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