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Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 2/28/2020 12:05 pm

RobW wrote:

I think this is the one I'm currently using.:

Suction cup mount for the transponder, and ya you should pull it up before grinding it on the bottom, but it just gets pushed around if you forget. 

That one has a rechargeable battery but the previous one used 8 AA's and would last me a season on a set of batteries. 

They are most useful for showing the depth and letting you troll underwater contour lines. 

I bought this exact model from crappy tire this summer to use in my 12ft setup.  Great little fish finder!

Equipment » Footwear? » 2/28/2020 12:00 pm

If you have the money to spare, Salomon Men's Quest 4D 3 GTX. These are arguably the very last pair of hiking boots you will ever own. Unbelievably comfortable and tons of ankle support. In the summer months, these boots never come off until the end of the day. They're constantly in and out of water, mud, gravel, rocks, and loon shit. But at the end of the day, my feet love me. So unless you hate your feet, spend the money for quality footwear. Spend once, cry once.

Trip Planning » Route planned starting at Brent - clockwise or counter?? » 2/28/2020 11:47 am

IIRC there was recent discussion on this very topic. If you have a moment, take look for it as it contains some very useful information regarding the pros and cons for each direction.

Good luck!

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/28/2020 11:43 am

Peek wrote:

Swift Fifteen wrote:

First of all, how many do you really believe travel that far and cover those length/difficulty of portages in a single day during a routine canoe trip?

Swift, you're on an Algonquin canoeing website full of well seasoned paddlers. I personally know and have tripped with many members of this and other paddling forums, and the distances/portage frequency you speak of, though on the tougher side, are completely doable - even if solo.

Some of my personal longer/est days include:

(Solo) Mallic to Radiant, 24.6km, 16 Portages totalling 7,410m. That right there is pretty much Plumb to Cedar or vice versa. Only a hell of a lot more put in's and take out's.

(Tandem) Rock to South Galipo (Day 1, full food load), 31.1km, 4 portages totalling 7,415m. Good, tough day.

(Tandem) Madawaska to Hay Lake, 24.3km, 1 portage totalling 7,550m (took the road instead of Cauliflower Creek)

(Solo) Rainbow to Gravel Falls, 39.0km, 7 Portages totalling 2,270m

(Tandem) Eustache to Crooked Chute, 27.6km, 8 Portages totalling 7,280m. Another Cedar to Plumb day.

(Solo) Luckless to Osler, 27.1km, 6 Portages totalling 6,985m. Another up river / Cedar to Plumb day.

(Solo) Burntroot to Philip, 35.2km, 5 Portages totalling 3,240m.

Or the countless times I've paddled up or down Opeongo, solo and tandem, in all directions (except to/from Annie Bay, that's still on my to do list).

These are just a few, all measured with GPS.

All I'm saying is, don't be so sure of what other people can or cannot do - just be sure of what you can do (which, it seems you are). You have no idea what people on this or any other forum are capable of when it comes to paddling and portaging. You may know the averages - but the members of AAF aren't your average paddlers (for the most part anyway).

Those are certainly some tough days. But I assure you, not many folks are able to complete those distances on any given *day. I've met several people from this site and only on

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/25/2020 4:36 pm

First of all, how many do you really believe travel that far and cover those length/difficulty of portages in a single day during a routine canoe trip? (My personal best is Plumb to the second Rolling Dam campsite on Nip R - completed in the pouring rain and suffering hypothermia)  I've traversed Cedar to Plumb many times but have never been further than Snowshoe Raps in one day - and that was single portaging. I could go further but certainly not to Plumb.  In fact, the last portage before Plumb alone takes over an hour and half single portaging - and that's moving.  I'm a fairly experienced and efficient adventurer and can move at a steady pace, single or double carry.  But there is no way that many of you have traversed this route of over 7 kilometers of land with relatively tough portaging, plus put-ins and take-outs along with paddling Cedar, Petawawa River system, Narrow Bag, entire length of Catfish, both rapids systems, North Cuckoo, and ALL of this with the potential of wind and one day.  As I mentioned, I've done this many times always leaving after I receive my permits from Brent Access Rd office. So I usually begin around 9/9:30am at Cedar Lake.

To be crystal clear, I'm not referring to some heroic cross country adventure race where the tripper is wearing sneakers, bicycle shorts, and carrying only a day pack filled with water purification tabs and energy bars to simply prove a point and complete the route.

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map UNLOSTIFY - Algonquin Park » 2/25/2020 3:56 pm

Thanks for the response, Jeff. I'm looking forward to completing my collection.

Trip Planning » new reservation system » 2/24/2020 4:20 pm

It's not allowing you to book Plumb to Cedar because only 1% of the people who travel in APP can complete that distance in one day. Even single portaging it's still gonna be a long arduous day. I certainly admire your enthusiasm, but what am I missing? 

Trip Planning » Jeff's Map UNLOSTIFY - Algonquin Park » 2/24/2020 4:07 pm

Any news on this map?  Last I heard it was to be ready for sale sometime last year.  I ordered and received the other 4.

Equipment » rental canoe options » 2/14/2020 1:09 pm

I recommend you rent one 3-man canoe and 3 tandem canoes.  This is arguably your easiest configuration for gear and portaging. I personally can't imagine being part of a 3-man canoe team paddling and portaging through the Gonk. I can barely stand a tandem now that I've spent well over a decade in a solo.

Equipment » Kayak paddle for solo canoeing » 1/20/2020 12:02 pm

Whatever paddle you choose, make sure it's fully adjustable. You'll want that in tight areas like rivers or shallow water.  I use the Accent brand and love it.  It's carbon fiber and fully adjustable. Also keep a short single blade as a back up for fishing/trolling if that's your thing.

Trip Planning » Catfish/Burntroot/Nipissing Route - In Which Direction? » 1/20/2020 11:55 am

Based on the your projected route, Catfish to Burntroot, I highly recommend you begin at Petawawa and suggest you skip Lynx all together.  Why would you want to make that unnecessary and time consuming detour? To "avoid crowds"? There are tons of campsites on Catfish, unless you're heading in on a long weekend. Then yes, it may be tough to find a decent site. Incidentally, the fishing is not that great in Lynx anymore. Keep on trucking, I say. When you reach Catfish, try and scoop the campsite east of Shangri La if you can.  It's a beautiful semi-secluded site.  Also, the port between Ramona and Nipissing River is easy walking, but it certainly is long. I single carried that non stop at 50 years old. Yes, you read that right.

And finally, you're going to be traveling through some prime fishing areas. Shoot me a PM and I'll give you a fishing suggestion worth while, if you're bringing your fishing equipment.

Catch-all Discussions » Car Camping » 11/05/2019 9:48 pm

I believe it's pike, walleye, bass, and splake that remain open until December 1st inside APP. 

Equipment » Rubber boots November tripping » 9/07/2019 4:19 pm

My feet don't sweat in the cooler fall weather in my BOGS boots with only one pair of merino socks. They did however sweat in every other rubber boot.

The model boot I use is the Men's Classic High Camo. They fit like a running shoe, unbelievably comfortable.

Catch-all Discussions » Ontario Parks Online Updates » 9/06/2019 7:12 pm

After 45mins on the phone and a call back, its all good.  Interesting what's happening with the online reservation system and the upcoming changes. Can't wait until next year.

Equipment » Rubber boots November tripping » 9/06/2019 7:04 pm

For me, fall trips are mandatory rubber boots adventures. I use a pair of BOGS exclusively in the fall. They are the most comfortable rubber boot I've ever worn.They also double down for grouse and deer hunting. My feet are always bone dry and warm with only a singe pair of merino wool socks. For around the camp when settled in, I have a pair of light running shoes that I've retired from squash play and now use for canoe tripping.

I wouldn't even consider a back country canoe trip in the fall without my BOGS rubber boots.

Equipment » Communicating Home When in the Back Country » 9/03/2019 3:31 pm

I recommend the InReach Explorer Plus.  I used this on my recent 21 day solo trip in WCPP and it performed flawlessly.

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