Hi, I am the other old, fat beer drinker going on this trip. DaleT needs all the advice anyone cares to give him and he will need it. Dale is younger than me and never fails to remind me of that fact. I figure by the time he rows or paddles or pulls the canoe across the lake. And he fights off the bears, sets up the tent, plugs in the color tv--a/c and heater and fixes supper he will be too tired to fish so I can beat him on fish caught first night. Next day by the time he gets breakfast fixed and the mess cleaned up I will already have a 20 fish jump on him again. looking forward to the trip. I do have a cou[ple concerns though I am in doubt that the extension cord will reach that far but DaleT says not to worry. I was really shocked when DaleT told me not to worry Dominoes delivers. Wow this trip will be a walk in the park. I will keep all you inexperienced conoerrrs informed via wireless on my laptop thruout the trip.
And if you are really going to just stay in basswood, no portages, forget the kevlar, take a nice keeled hull aluminum fishing canoe. Easier to paddle straight if you are novices, less tippy, cheaper.
The only problem with taking the tow to the island is some of the best walleye action for us has been in Merriam and in the channel. That is only about a ten minute paddle from Washington Island, I need to be in that wilderness state of mind before I start fishing my best. The kevlar is worth it if you change your mind and want to see what's in that next lake or if you get sick of dealing with big waves on North Bay. It is easy to wind bound if there is a persistent wind, for fishing I would go with something other than a Minnesota II. Souris River Quetico 17 or a Bell Seliga are more stable when fishing out of an empty canoe. I would add a small drift sock to our gear. Tied off the bow, heaviest guy in front, it is like having a trolling motor for jigging for walleyes.
Age is a state of mind and physical conditioning.
The trip you've described seems to be a zero portage trip? If so Kevlar would not seem be be worth renting.
North Bay is a good fishing spot - but the real adventures start when you enter the creek at the North end of North Bay and start heading up to Kash.....
Three fairly easy portages and 4 or 5 hours paddling will put you on North Bay without the tow. Giving you guys a few extra George Washington's for a beers after the trip.
North Bay gets rough when the wind blows. If you have alot of wind you might consider Lost Bay. Last Sept. we were wind bound 1 1/2 days on North Bay.
Agree completely with kanoes, would also suggest weaning yourselves off of the beer and switch to a good bourbon or scotch. You will thank us on the portages.
Most outfitters will provide a list of items that are considered your responsibility. Many good outfitters are listed on this site.
Yes, kevlar is well worth it IMHO.
Continue to ask your questions, there are many helpful and knowledgeable people willing to assist. (as I have found out)
youre not an oldtimer!
My best freind and I are planning on going on a trip to quetico the 1st week in sept. this year. We are both 57 yrs old and have drank more beers than we should have. We are planning on getting towed to lincoln island on basswood lake and then going to North Bay to stay and fish for the week.
Any and all suggestions and hints or tips would really be helpful. Clothes, supplies that outfitter doent supply, fishing lures etc etc. Will enjoy reading all replys.
Thanks ahead of time..Is it worth it to upgrade to a kevlar canoe?