Canoe Paddle Drips

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  1. Bad Little Falls

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    I did't plan on putting together a run of clips like this but it happened, just cool shots from the canoe, most around 10 seconds, from various bodies of water near my home here in downeast Maine.
     
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    Speaking of drips, lots of drips coming off the pole. One thing I never liked about the kayak paddle was the dripping, right on your lap! I can tolerate drips and splashes off the pole though. This was a lengthy video with no talking. poling just poling and some drip.
     
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    Nice. I need to get a pole.
     
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    They are like Lays potato chips, you can't have just one. I lost this one stuck in the rocks and down stream I was going, had to paddle back to get it. I am stashing two when I can now. I made a bunch of poles for Puckerbrush and now have a great selection.
     
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    Nice looking river for poling, BLF!

    Yeah - I usually carry a spare pole, for the reason you stated. Better to let go of the stuck pole and come back for it, than to get yanked out of the canoe. :D
    I'm with ya on the drips. Poling is a wet sport - especially if you use both ends.

    Here's a clip from this summer - experimenting with poling a solo canoe. Sorry - no sound. I didn't realize I had it turned off. And yeah, it's a little shaky. :) ......

     
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    Talk about sweet rivers, can I get a river like that here, too?! Rocks Maine has, and plenty. The Machias is great for them, huge erratics, and none are too kind, if they are not sharp they are the coarsest granite boulders there ever was. Then there are the glass smooth ledge drops where a pole has almost no traction. Its a beautiful river, I'm not complaining. But the creek you're on looks fantastic.
     
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    Is there some oblique reference to Steve P. and I hidden in here? ;)
     
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    BLF, that creek is in the high country and only flows enough to navigate after the melt for a few weeks. It meanders a lot, through a basin inhabited by elk, moose, and sandhill cranes among other things. It's a local favorite, for sure. But I would like to have more rocks. :)
     
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    Here is the upper middle section of the Machias in low water, plenty of Rocks for all! A good example of variations in class of water between high and low water, low its class 1 and bony, high water it can go to class 4 in some places and or just flooded out. I have a part one to this series but have yet to edit and post it.
     
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    Yeah, that's a lottarocks!

    Looks like you have a very competent bow paddler there, BLF. Less trained viewers should take note of the efficient use of draws for bow control.
     
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    Looks like an Old Town Appilacian.
     
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    A well used and now more abused Penobscott 17.4
     
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    FreeMe, My daughter. You would get a kick out of the both of us, sufferers of Dyslexia.... right, right, Rightttt! oh Left.... Its often best to just shut up and follow the bow person, I'm learning. I do like soloing too. She is doing better for sure. I will have her in her own boat next summer.
     
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    :D

    My friend Matt posted a photo a few years ago of one of his tandems, with "left" and "right" marked in large letters via Sharpie inside the hull at the bow station....where he was paddling with his son at the stern. :D

    I'm still trying to get my wife to grasp the concept of turning and sideslipping with static draws. I'm just going to have to put her in back with some ballast and show her, I guess...
     
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    Cool tips! Sharpie to the rescue. Sometimes it I think people can learn very well just by watching someone perform the task, keep the verbiage to a minimum.
     

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