Solo paddle on small lake

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  1. chansta

    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    Special thanks to @WRHC TopGun for telling me about this place. Such a beautiful area and a great place to practice my canoe strokes (despite the wind and the rain at times!)

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    This dead standing maple was tougher to saw at 6 inches in diameter or so, but easy to split.
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    The sky looked like rain when I got there, so I paddled as fast as I could to get to the site and set up. Can you guess what happened? There was no rain!
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    I never wanted to get up from this spot, except to paddle. Paddling is so much darn fun.
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    Tried an upside down fire and absolutely loved it. For the first time in like 2 years, felt lazy enough to just use a lighter. Found a fatwood stump right behind the maple I cut down for firewood.
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    There were a couple of crawdads/crayfish (however you say it in your neck of the woods) right where I tied up my canoe. Caught 2 in total in my zebra pot, but no bites.
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    Fire number 2. Waited until 9 pm or so to get this going and eventually added larger pieces to it. I wish I had some harder wood!
     
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    Very nice. Can't imagine you needed that under quilt.
     
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    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    Hard to say. I can feel a difference even during the daytime, though. Just an excuse to use gear:)
     
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    Looks like you found a nice campsite. How was the paddling???
     
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    It was so fantastic. I had the place totally to myself. Very little wind for most of the trip, overcast. Really starting to get my paddling skills down. The J/pitch/ canadian I've developed is improving each time I go out. My skulling draw needs a lot of work!
     
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    I'm so glad you enjoyed that spot. I promise you that there are fish in there too. I think they must be really deep this time of year.

    Cheers.
     
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    Man, that looks nice. What do you mean 'no bites'? you didn't eat them?!? jk. they make good bait, but it takes a bunch to fill you up.

    fwiw, i don't care how warm it is, i hang an underquilt... can't stand my back being cold at night, even when it's hot out. in LA, i used my underquilt pretty much year round. I'd leave it loose during the day, just to keep it cooler, but snug it most of the way back up at night.

    and yes. paddling is fun.
     
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    I caught one bass right by the shore. He was about the size of the senko I threw! The water is very clear, so it's tricky to sneak up on them. I saw a good sized largemouth by a laydown, but he saw me first, so...
     
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    They were oddly sluggish. The 'dads I try to catch here in the river are gone before I can get within a foot of them. However, these dudes were super slow and not very cautious.
     
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    So what did you finally end up with for a paddle? or borrowed one and are still deciding?
     
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    chansta keeper of the flame Supporter

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    I used a wooden paddle my friend let me borrow along with her canoe. I brought 2 just to be safe. Still shopping around for a paddle as I find a way to save money for my first boat to go along with it!
     
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    Aha. ok. thought i saw a thread where you'd recently bought one... maybe i misread the title, and you were just looking.

    Good luck.

    If your friend is not married, and you are not married, you should think about it. Canoe girls are rare indeed. :D
    (just kidding of course. all of that is up to you.)
     
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    jealous
     
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    Bobsdock So long, and thanks for all the fish Supporter

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    Nice trip brother ! It good to see your getting out.
     
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    She's about 20 years my senior and married:)
     
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    looks like a great spot. what are the temps? how are you treating water or carrying it?
     
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    [QUOTE
    If your friend is not married, and you are not married, you should think about it. Canoe girls are rare indeed. :D
    (just kidding of course. all of that is up to you.)[/QUOTE]

    Hey, I married a canoe girl.......;) with a cabin :4:, as a ground pounder (that is dedicated hiker), she taught me all I know........we'll not everything.....but......

    Drifting away here......it's good to have friends with gear they are willing to lend......:50:
     
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    I have a filter. Temps were 70s
     
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    Very cool stuff. Thanks for sharing. :)
     
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    Should be more to come in the fall!
     
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    That was a nice trip, thanks for sharing the outing!
     
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    You got it!
     
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