Steelhead and gas prices.

Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by Panhandle, Aug 8, 2006.

  1. fredaevans

    fredaevans Active Member

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    I'd prefer NOT to tell you just how poor :rofl: the gas mileage is with my Jeep Liberty. That 'dinky' little car weighs in at 4400+ pounds! bawling: No kidding.

    The 'good news' is, short of being hit by a Simi, you WILL walk away.
     
  2. Panhandle

    Panhandle Active Member

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    Steve, I fall under the philistine- SUV clan (Ford Escape). Its funny, were looking at a Forester right now. It is certainly time to stop contributing to the madness.:beathead:
     
  3. halcyon

    halcyon Hallelujah, I'm a Bum!!!

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    Gasoline is still cheap. In England this past June it was $2/liter. I filled a VW pasat tank that was 1/4 full and it cost me $88. So quite complaining and go fishing. :thumb:

    Regards,
     
  4. papafsh

    papafsh Piscatorial predilection

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    I drive a Ford Explorer with all the goodies, even 4X4...GASP! but then again it's paid for so buying a car that might get 6 to 10 miles more, per gallon, would be stupid cause then I'd also be making several hundred dollars a month in car payments. :beathead:
    I'll put the money into the tank, instead of the bank, if you get my drift.

    I also arrange more trips with a friend, who can share the cost, that way we both get to fish for the same or even less than going alone. I get 20 to 23+ miles per on the highway, so no worries here. :)

    LB
     
  5. SteveA

    SteveA Gnu to the board

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    From google "A philistine is a person who is disdainful of intellectual or artistic pursuits. A philistine can also be someone who is ignorant or uncultured." :rofl:

    Dang Skwala; I hope not.

    I've been around the block trying to figure out how to manage a family, commute, hauling camping gear, furniture or whatever and still get decent gas mileage. My solution, which has worked great, was to buy the Subaru with a trailer hitch and pick up a utility trailer. Now I have a nice cruisin' car and when necessity hits I hitch up the trailer and haul away.

    By the way, I really like my Forester. If I lost it tomorrow I would get another.

    Steve A
     
  6. Jeff Hale

    Jeff Hale B.I.G.F.F.

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    I just bought a Prius and I am getting 50-58 mpg. It's a smart car and has a pretty damn good waranty on the drive train and batteries. I saw a guy with one that had racks on top and about 3 surfboards strapped down. Pretty cool. The truck stays parked unless I really need a truck, and that ain't very often.

    Lots of us have SUV's and trucks that we use everyday to just commute or go to the grocery store or whatever that we don't really need to be using. Ever see a mom, alone in a huge SUV, going into the grocery store to shop or to go to the mall? Know any fellows that are afraid to take their V-8 truck off-road for fear of dirt and scratches, won't take off the canopy to haul anything in it, and don't even pull a boat or trailer?
     
  7. Philster

    Philster Active Member

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    Well, I'm going to be the Jerk, as well as the old man in residence. I'm not even that Old! Okay, here goes...

    I was raised to be a cheap bastard, and concerned about my and my families future. So i say, if you can't afford to drive 200 miles, YOU CAN'T AFFORD A VACATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET BACK TO WORK AND MAKE SOME MONEY YOU LAZY BUM! TIRED? YOU NEED A VACATION CUZ YOU'RE TIRED? YOU'RE TIRED?!!! WAS I TIRED WHEN I WAS DELIVERING DONUTS BEFORE DAWN, BEING A BIKE MESSENGER ALL DAY, AND DOING EVENING CLASSES FOR MY GRAD STUDIES? DAMN RIGHT I WAS TIRED! BUT IT'S HOW WE DID THINGS! AND I HAD AN ONION IN MY BELT!

    Whew... Sorry... Nothing personal... But on a more reasonable level, I do believe that rant. If you can't affod gas, fish your home waters before and after work. I know home waters can be skanky but they are for the most part free... As my mom said to me when I was 9 and I was being boosted into the dumpster behind safeway to pull out the vegetables that "weren't really all that bad": "we can't afford to go to disneyland this year... Maybe next..." :clown:
     
  8. Kaari White

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    I know this is going to sound a little crazy, but many of you could probably ride public transportation to/from work, which for most people is the majority of your driving.

    I own an older 4x4 Explorer that gets about 14mph. But I really don't care since I ride the Sounder train to/from Auburn to Seattle every day. It's 26 miles each way if I were to drive it.

    Right now, I fill up my gas tank maybe every 2.5 weeks. Even SUV drivers can do their part- park it! :thumb:
     
  9. DLoop

    DLoop Creating memories one cast at a time

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    I recently sold my beloved Dodge pickup and bought a Honda Insight. Last week I made the hike to Gold River on Vancouver Is. I didn't touch a steelie. :( It softened the pain a little getting 65.5 mpg for the 700 mile trip.
     
  10. Panhandle

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    Philster... easy guy! as a matter of fact, I work full time, go to school full time (getting my MSW), and raise two kids; ages 3 AND 4 Months. I deserve a vacation and I'm going to take one- I'm just venting. Sorry if my post dredged up issues for you:eek: you shouldn't questions a steelhead addicts rationality
     
  11. Kevin J. Burnham

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    Hmm Lets see !! $4 a gallon to go to Montana from my house to catch beautiful fish and drink some brew take some pictures and have memories to last a life time cost me in my GIGANTIC deisel truck about $300.00 round trip. I work 12 months a year for about oh 40 years aaaaa hmmmm so WHAT THE HELL IS THE FRIGGIN PROBLEM !!!! Just catch fish and drink some beer would ya !!!!
     
  12. Zen Piscator

    Zen Piscator Supporting wild steelhead, gravel to gravel.

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    My car gets 40 mpg the way I drive it and all of my work money that gets past my girl goes right into that tank. I nab my dads prius each chance I get but he never lets me take that thing on anything more than day trips (for good reason). Soon I think I am going to go the motorcycle route.

    Peace,
    Andy
     
  13. Jim Kerr

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    Philster,
    I too once wore an onion on my belt, beacause as we know, that was the style at the time.
    I need a big tall four wheel drive towing machine for work, so to save gas I just park it by the river and camp there when I'm not working there. It means I have to fish alot more now, but we all have to make sacrifices in times of scarcity.
    ps. Just had ANOTHER great morning of dry fly fishing for summer runs, once again no one on the river, must be these high gas prices keeping folks away.
     
  14. Manimal

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    gas needs to hit the $5/gal mark for society to finally make some rational changes and decisions - like europe where a gallon costs 6.30 these days.

    once this happens we'll get great diesel/ethanol vehicles, suv's included, that get 65 mpg, smaller cars, and cheaper reliable mass transit. - like the rest of the world.

    we are spoiled biatches here that live a 'me me me' lifestyle.
     
  15. Chicotello

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    I for one hate paying inflated gas prices while the fatcats at exxon are walking away with record profits every quarter.

    That said, Philster...good call on fishing the local waters. Your post made me wonder if there could be a positive spin to this.

    If more fisherman choose not to spend the money to drive to a remote, unspoiled creek somewhere and by default they end up fishing the home waters...then will they start to care more about the local resource?

    :beer2: :beer2: