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Catch-all Discussions » Online permits now available for some parks, but not Algonquin » 6/07/2017 12:08 am

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When I called and asked in great disbelief (I'm from BC, we've been able to do this for years) the lady said the official rumor is 2020, but no one "in the know" is very hopeful about that target date...

She asked if I was still there because I was staring at my phone in disbelief. 

Fishing » Newb questions » 6/06/2017 11:36 pm

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nvm wrote:

Indeed, always consult the regs, not the forums for that info. Certain lakes in Algonquin have additional regulations- check the book/online.

As I said in my original, I have a hell of a time understanding the regs, tho, I must say that table made way more sense... Maybe because someone that knew what they were looking for looked for it.


nvm wrote:

And 3-4 salmon meals a week from the Great Lakes! Even, or perhaps especially, in the 80s that seems like overexposure. Ever checked the guide to eating sport fish for Lake Ontario salmon? At your own risk, I'd say.

Sorry I should have been more clear. Not that nasty Atlantic salmon, Pacific salmon, caught in the Fraser river and off the coast of BC. I'm a recent transplant, arrived May 15 last year. Tho technically I arrived in Ontario on the 13th. Took me 2 days to get from just across the boarder to Cambridge. 

Equipment » Headlamps » 6/06/2017 5:57 pm

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Craiger05 wrote:

For anyone with kids (or a thing for chocolate) the XL size kinder eggs have a plastic case inside that is PERFECT for holding a standard size (3x AAA) headlamp, crush resistant, light, pretty waterproof, and most importantly, guarantees your switch won't get bumped on inside your pack!

Petzl Tikka goes in great! 

Oooooo a reason for Kinder eggs.. :-)
 

Fishing » Newb questions » 6/06/2017 5:55 pm

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I enjoy rainbow, just prefered buying them to waiting for them lol. And the summers of 3-4 salmon meals a week is a distant memory. First world problem I know and here in the middle of the country I probably sound like a spoiled brat but back in the early 80's catching them was the easy part. If you were only getting 2 or 3 a hour change up your gear because the fish aren't biting. Now I'm told you'll go a few hours between bites

Supposed to be leaving thursday at 5... but I have too much to do. Dentist today has me on the pooter instead of wiring trailer lights and packing gear.

So I guess a question I should ask, what fish CAN'T I keep this weekend? I'll google and print pics to take with me. 

Equipment » Headlamps » 6/05/2017 9:19 pm

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I use them for work and gave up with the recreational models years ago. Unfortunately my current one is on my hardhat at work but I get them from industrial supply stores. Waterproof (side effect of intrinsically safe). It doesn't have tilt or red but that's a good thing in my world. Tilt breaks and I hate having to scroll through red and strobe to get what I want. Mine has high/low/off. $20 in 2013??? it gets used often for 12 hours at a time 21 days in a row. I get 3-5 shifts out of a pair of AAA's on high. Low is fine for walking around a site and not tripping on things, I only really use high in full dark (mines) or high contrast areas, ie looking into a dark place from a well lit area. Used on low it lasts too long to really notice when I change the batts sorry.
Energizer comes to mind but... gah... Of all the things I've lost I miss my mind the most.

Equipment » Post your boat! » 6/05/2017 9:02 pm

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My Necky Narpa. She's an 18' ocean tourer. 65lbs but lots of room for gear on extended trips. She'll even wake surf up to about 12 knots. I've managed 11 kmh with a large golf umbrella, a stiff wind, and younger arms

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10153475472547273&l=973b5d66e3



The only web pic I seem to have of my Current Designs. She's 17' 8" also an ocean tourer.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151586456377273&l=c0eba701ac


apperently with my post count I can't post a pic link. I'll leave this in case it self fixes after I go over the limit.

Fishing » Newb questions » 6/05/2017 8:31 pm

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Hi All. A few questions for those that fish the lakes of Algonquin.

First me, The last time I caught something was a 45lb Chinook back in 85 the summer before I needed to start buying fishing licences. My parents were huge into salmon fishing. I still hate salmon, yucky lol. Did you know if 4 people limit out you can put more fish in a freezer than moose meat? I got a line wet last year on the Grand but didn't get any interest. This year I qualify as an Ont. resident so I'll buy my 3rd licence in my lifetime. Second Ont one.

I have no great desire to C/R for fun. My intention is to try and catch dinner so I'll only be releasing illegals. Due to my Dad getting my oldest hooked on Rainbows I'm adapt at C/R with them, I assume the rest are the same. 

My question, What makes a decent eating fish? I'll mostly be on Linda, but Bruce is apparently stocked with splake so I may portage back if the hive mind thinks it's worth it. (I hope naming lakes in this context is ok???) 
Cooking will be tinfoil over a fire.
Bigger question for this idiot lol. What do I put on the string to target the prefered food fish? I have no trouble targeting non trout if it's going to taste ok. 
Method will be from my kayak mostly with maybe a few tries from shore if I can't seem to get fishing from the boat figured out.

Any non obvious Algonquin rules I should know? Compared to BC your regs are a pain in the bum to understand, and I often had trouble with them if I got talked into taking my daughter without Grandpa. I much prefered to drive the boat and go over the side with a full tank of air while they tried to tease fish into the boat.

Last but not least, any absolute Do Not's?

Equipment » New Thermacell Backpacker » 6/05/2017 6:17 pm

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I looked at them at Sail, Crappy tire, Princess, and Walmart. Princess beat everyone on the devices by a few bux to ten bux depending on item and who you're comparing. The consumables are the same price within a few cents everywhere. 

For my trip to Lynda this weekend I now have 2 handhelds and the lantern. My boss asked me 3 times today If I really needed the weekend off... after reading bug reports I'm wondering if I should take the work :-(

Campsite Cooking » Stove vs Campfire Cooking » 6/01/2017 6:35 am

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And old wetcoast scouting trick for fire soot.
Rub a bar of ivory soap over your pots before use. The soot rinses right off. 

Skills » Driving with a canoe on long trips » 5/31/2017 8:32 pm

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I haul for a living. Been hauling yak's and canoe's since 86 myself and with my parents since the 70's. As with anything on the interweb you'll find several that have used anything and had no problems with it and several that think that same thing is the worst idea ever. So I'll toss my quantified $0.02 in. 

First, my vehicles. 90% of my hauling of boats have been on a rack of some type. Everything from 2by lumber on edge (2x4, 2x6, and 2x10), 1" round ranger racks that clamped on the gutters of my 69 Fairlane, 1.25" square tubing custom made for my 5th wheel, camper and even up over the top of a speedboat. All of those varieties come down to the same thing. A small cross section bar spaced 3 to 8' apart with the boat(s) riding on top. I've added various padding between boat and bar over the years but I've never used one of the spendy custom mounts by Yakima, Thule or the like. I think they're a good idea, but honestly on a canoe I'm not convinced of the value for the dollar. A yak I'm currently undecided. I'm going to try my hand at making a wider pad to spread the load a little more. Your yak value will depend on your fab skills vs wallet thickness. 
This brings up my next quantifyer. 
Boats. I have 2 18' Rotomold sea kayak's and a 10' Pelican that I've had about 6 years. Until I bought them I had fiberglass canoes. a 17' Frontiersman as a kid, a 16' hand made until my 20's when I added another 16' Frontiersman (I think it was a copy actually). 

I say all that because setup matters. If your gear is dramatically different your results might be too.
When I first got the yak's I was driving a PT Cruiser without racks. No gutters for the ugly ranger racks and desperate to get my new boats wet I bought a set of the Walmart foam pads and straps that go through the doors. I wouldn't recommend these for a super long distance... But I'd probably use them if I didn't have racks and needed to take a boat across Canada again. 
Kayaks and Canoe requirements are differen

Equipment » Neoprene Socks » 5/29/2017 1:44 pm

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I have no experience with neoprene socks but I've SCUBA for years. I use my dive boots for kayaking in cold weather or "yucky" launches. A few things I can offer that may be of help.

Neoprene is sorta mostly a one way valve. For diving it lets the water in but not out, some outdoor and kayak gear it's made the other way around giving you some warmth and remaining water resist. My knowledge of thermodynamics is too rusty to explain why it's warmer trapping the water in than out but it is. Once they're wet they're wet. My boots take 24-72 hours to dry after a dive. They take 5 min to soak at the surface so I often can get in and out of my boat with dry feet. It's almost instant at 10' deep. At least in the case of dive boots stepping to my knees doesn't let water in the top of them, but they fit tight. 

I haven't used them for a long portage yet but intend to on my maiden trip into Algonquin in June. However I've spent all day in them on multi dive days and it's not horrible.... but you're happy to be out of them and dry off your feet at the end of a day. Only time I've been cold is when the water first seeps in (2-5 min warm up time depending on air/water temp) or when ocean temps were in the low 40's, if you're getting into the 30's go with a dry suit. 

As for buying them, I'd try a dive store first, but that's my background. 

Hope that helps.

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