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Catch-all Discussions » Anyone Doing Plastic Beer Bottles? » Today 1:50 am

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Home made brew is cheaper that store bought. I used to have one of those beer buddy barrels and could make 27 bottles for less than $5 . Good beer too.
Afterall with panther martins $5, you get a snag and cry for an hour

Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 1/20/2020 10:53 pm

Antman
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The black case is about 9 x6 x4 inches high . Total weight about 5 lbs . Since i am not in very deep water usually i think i draw less power . Used 8 ni cad sanyo rechargeables . Now you could use lithium ions i guess. The old styled lantern batteries are too much for a 5 day trip . You can always bring in some extra AA's. Both units use a 2 '' C clamp . Found the suction cups don't hold.
Fish one lake with unbelievable under water structure . A reef that goes out hundreds of metres .Notice the small tackle box which is still too big . The amt of lures i see guys bring in is ridiculous. Stealth is also handy as that case fits in my chest pack and anyone seeing me at the dock or travelling in doesn't know i am fishing.

Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 1/20/2020 7:53 pm

Antman
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Steve,
Here are the two sonar setups and my portable fishing kit

https://i.ibb.co/60k3GRR/SDC10439.jpg
https://i.ibb.co/NZZkLTw/SDC10438.jpg

Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 1/20/2020 4:42 pm

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I don't but i will take a pic for you . I will also include a second setup that uses the cheap chinese unit mentioned by Swift fifteen. It is even smaller and lighter and uses some telescopic antennae like rod instead of the 2 piece 1/4 '' inch steel rod.
These units allow me to stay in the 12-15  ft depth range i like and hence saves me on snagged lures . With a ball bearing swivel its getting darned expensive to snag up.

Fishing » Using a Fish Finder in a Canoe » 1/20/2020 9:27 am

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Man i am way ahead of you guys . Bought a hummingbird decades ago , late 80's , and put it in a camera dry box. Transducer is attached to a two piece 1/4 '' rod which is then attached to a small C clamp. Just bought an 8 AA battery holder and use rechargeable batteries. This is a way smaller and lighter setup than the 2 lantern battery unit they used to sell. Get 3 -4 days use . The box is like 6 x 8 x 4 inches . The box is 100% waterproof and strong enough to be stood on.Everything fits in the dry box, unit,cable,transducer and clamp rig and battery pack
Only takes mins to tighten the c clamp over the gunnel ,plug the wires in and you're in business. Take it everywhere on canoe trips through Algonquin.One troll around a lake and i know more about holes , drop offs etc than if you fished the lake for 20 yrs.Also shows fish icons < 1 lb, 1-2 lbs and >3 lbs .

Trip Reports » Late June Opeongo Loop - Happy Isle, Lac La Muir, Hogan, Big Crow, Pro » 7/23/2019 7:00 pm

Antman
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Steve E ,
Had a few tough days solo coming out of Tim L too. Never paddled Opeongo ,but took the taxi a few times . If you think $95 is pricey from AO try coming out and seeing $1300 tacked onto your credit card bill .

Catch-all Discussions » On the topic of being lost in the woods - references » 7/18/2019 1:02 pm

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Roman,
I too have been lost a few times . Though i should qualify that by saying i am single trip portaging with a canoe over my head. This limits my visibility . I have even brought a small can of spray paint so i can mark trees on old logging trails as i walk by - ie don't have to stop, drop gear and get out flagging  tape  . Also carry the park map, related topo of the area and even an aerial photo.  A gps would be nice but getting a signal through the canopy can be tough . 

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/16/2019 6:25 pm

Antman
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Whatever happened to the forum rules on defamatory comments and antagonism?
 

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/16/2019 9:57 am

Antman
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I am not judging the girls as much as their troop leaders who should be old enough to know better . ie supply these girls with better emergency equipment .But black clothing in what is still bug season is a sure sign that people are not investing in proper gear in general . Shorts and short sleeved shirts? I wear pants all season and a long sleeved shirt ( soaked in permetherin ).  Use high tech under wear too tops and bottoms - $40 usd a piece . Everything i wear , bring etc is top of the line for weight and performance . Including goretex rain suit and ultralight canoe . Is it expensive ? yes . But has it been useful ? yes too . Of course for me its more imperative because i travel solo most of the time . And its certainly not easier lost as i was, with no other person along . 
Don't consider flagging tape as a survivalist item as these girls just proved . Algonquin is not a place to travel back country unprepared . We see too many tragedies as a result . 
And if you want a better ' big game' talked about - i'll post some speckle trout pics .

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/16/2019 9:18 am

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How would you know that one way or the other ?  
Rewatching the video saw the tall girl ( dressed in black , that is great for the bugs ) and wearing some kind of sandal or water shoe that were falling off her feet as she walked on grass. You think she is better than me in $200 usd cabalas hunting boots? In my early days , you may have a point but how do i fare worse with a spot messenger ? 
I am telling you i was lost in a  similar range but with maps and a compass figured where i must be and worked myself back to the trail eventually . Good thing because it was late in the day and i had no matches to spend the night and it was early May .

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/16/2019 8:48 am

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These two girls were 'rangers' in the girlscouts .  If sitting put is all they learned at that level  i am not impressed . I have lost the trail on the odd portage and had to work old logging roads to get to off portage lakes.And i never had a day in the boy scouts. A good item to have is flagging tape . Word is the trails were well used but no-one ever flagged the parts where the trail disappears? I have done it on a few low maintenance portages so the next guy doesn't have to waste his time . Now i see i may have saved the gov't 10's of thousands in rescue costs .All for the use of 50 cents of tape .
I carry  whistle as well but have found it not so good even on a lake . I recommend firecrackers or bear bangers . Wonder if these girls were carrying bear spray , a hatchet ?  In other words who are these polish girl scout leaders ? If they ever are questioned publicly , i am sure they will say its about money .Look at the way the girls were dressed ? Didn't notice footwear but i bet they weren't wearing a proper hiking or hunting boot . Flunky sandals may get you by on a good trail, but lose it where you have to reconnoiter in that 'dense' bush we hear about and you're asking for a twisted ankle or worse . These girls were on the verge of being criminally ill equipped to be travelling alone. And i wonder about the group at large . There must not be a single competent camping parent of a kid in that group . But someone will be asking these questions soon i'm sure and also who should be paying those rescue costs.

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/15/2019 1:40 pm

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knew those dogs would find them. Great relief for the families involved .

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/15/2019 8:58 am

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Scoutergriz,
I have traveled Algonquin since the mid eighties and am well aware of the terrain you describe. Even trying to get to lakes off portage routes . Lost myself a few times too. But with a map and common sense was able to find one of those old logging road you speak of . But if dog yelps can't be heard what about low flying chopper and turbo beaver ?  If the youngsters can't be trusted with a flare , is a fog horn acceptable? A signal mirror or signal fire?  The bush can be dense but also have more open areas where one would think the girls would go to. Now i realize  a  spot beacon  ( which i have carried for years) may be too pricey for this group but all worry here considered maybe a consideration for parents of future campers . But if all these options are not viable, then two young girls ought not be allowed to hike alone as they did.
There is just something not right ,in my opinion, about 2 days of aerial search, not being able to find the girls over a small area , that is if the  girls are able to respond. Having led canoe trips for a local university outing club i am aware of having novices and first timers on a canoe trip. So i kept trips short and simple and would not allow that sort departure from the group.And my youngest person would be 19 at least. Even so have not done it for many yrs and the club hardly offers any canoe trips these days due to lack of leaders.The effort and responsibility just too much. And that is the angle that i come from when hearing of these stories/tragedies. Its more of a punch in the gut vs an outpouring of sympathy .hope the girls are found soon with no significant injuries 

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/15/2019 12:57 am

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i just scype messaged an old canoe partner who is giving lectures in Slovakia this week ,about this case . He is also baffled by it and wonders if they were attacked by a bear. Something i never thought of. But if injured they may not be able to signal rescuers . But having a friend with hound dogs i can tell you their  bark carries like you wouldn't believe and these girls ought be able to hear them .  And they are relentless while tracking a scent . Even to the point of self bodily harm. The same breed can be seen on the mountain man tv  series chasing and treeing cougars . How far could these teen girls get ?

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/14/2019 11:55 pm

Antman
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You don't know me from a hole in the wall. And psychopath ? You're way out of line . I'm looking to see these tragedies don't happen again . All you want to do is hand out the kleenex

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/14/2019 10:54 pm

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his name escaped me . now you're just looking to slander me

Catch-all Discussions » Missing teens last seen on Western Uplands » 7/14/2019 10:08 pm

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There lies the problem. Too many emotional types and not enough competent trip leaders and/or campers. Like the 15 yr old who drowned last yr on big trout who could not swim. Yet the opp say these girls had some experience and equipment .Something doesn't mesh here . I don't see w here compassion needs enter the story - not yet anyway

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