Water Cycle Chapter 1

Bikefishing for Public Access

A cool new project from Blackburn Design, bikefishing for public access: “Inspired by the 71% of the planet covered by water, Blackburn Design created Water Cycle, a new film project. River is being released today as the first chapter, and can be viewed at

In this chapter, we follow Brian Ohlen, an avid fisherman and hunter from Montana.  Brian also has a passion for cycling and he combined the two by loading his waders, tackle and rod onto a bike to go in search of Steelhead along the rivers on the Pacific Coast from Canada to Mexico. The best Steelhead fishing happens to be in the dead of winter.  Brian faced nearly constant rain, snow and ice for a chance to spend but a moment with one of these elusive creatures.  Along the way, he found some beautiful quiet moments and the simple joys that life on a bike can bring.

“The goal of this project is to recognize how important water is in our lives, especially as recreationalists. Brian’s trip is only one example. Active stewardship is necessary to preserve water and our access to it,” says Robin Sansom, Blackburn Design’s Director.

Public access to rivers and streams is important. As Ohlen states in the film, “if we ever lost that access or lost our public lands, it would be the death of the West.” Blackburn has partnered with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers to help protect public river access.

Visit the Stream Access Pledge for more information.”


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