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  1. ProfMoxie

    Fall is here

    Nice! I went out last weekend and the water temp on one stream was still 72. Hoping the cooler weather drops the temps a bit here.
  2. I have taken the plunge and decided to build a skin-on-frame canoe. I'm going whole-hog with this given my intention of canoeing the Mackenzie River in the Northwest Territories in a few years, and have decided on an 18' boat. I designed it using some free design software out there that incorporates some calculations from one of my favorite canoe designers. The skin will be ballistic-grade nylon which is, literally, used to make bullet-proof vests. Anyone else ever done something like this?
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    A lot of fish

    "only" 40
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    Went to the Hills

    Great stuff!
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    Building a canoe

    Almost done! First coat of polyurethane is on. I should be ready to launch on Friday...
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    Building a canoe

    Thanks Dave! I'm almost done. Got delayed a bit by the excessive humidity the last couple of days. It made stretching and shrinking the nylon difficult.
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    Building a canoe

    Hoo boy, hmm. That's a great question. I haven't been keeping track all that closely (and I'm terrible at estimating time). I bought the wood maybe a month ago? I work from home in the summers so I can kind of work on it a bit more than if I had my commute. I'm expecting to finish up this coming week.
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    Building a canoe

    I've been documenting it on Facebook and I set the album to public so I think anyone can see the pics even if they aren't on FB. See if this link works: canoe build
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    A very long distance report

    Awesome report and great pics! Arctic grayling are on my bucket list.
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    Building a canoe

    Thanks! I definitely will. Swift canoes are great (we actually know the Swift family---"Big" Bill Swift, who passed away a number of years ago, was a great guy and he had this awesome laugh). My dad gave his Kipawa to my sister and bought a lighter one last year since my folks are in their mid-70s and decided something lighter was probably a good idea. Not sure which model they got this time.
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    Water is a bit low but still cold

    Good stuff! Fantastic photographs!
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    Building a canoe

    Mine or ossipee's? I designed mine myself using BearBoatSP software, but I took my inspiration from a variety of sources. The general shape is inspired by John Winters' designs (my father bought one of John Winters' first Kipawa models from Swift and I have always loved those canoes). The design for the hull construction is mostly borrowed from DreamCatcher boats but with some input from a friend who builds boats. I haven't decided on how to do the seats yet.
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    10 years

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    More rainbows

    Nice! Beautiful pics.
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    Building a canoe

    Nice! You'll have to post pictures when you're done. I'm planning on using Alaskan yellow cedar with some Western red cedar highlights. I'm toying with using African padauk for the stems, but that might be overkill. I plan to make my own paddles as well.
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    We Need Rain

    Nice! But we do need rain. My favorite local stream is a good foot below normal.
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    The season is here

    Oo, what kind of dessert??
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    River changes

    This report is almost a week old now, but I kept forgetting to post it. Anyway, I fished my favorite local river last week. It's one I've been fishing for a decade. I caught two on my first three casts and I hooked another three or four, but that was about it (I tried uploading my pics but for whatever reason the upload keeps failing). What saddened me, though, was that this particular body of water was a good foot below where it should be at this time of year. It has been this way for the past couple of years to the point where the very character of the river itself has changed. There aren't as many pools for the fish to hold in as there used to be and I haven't seen lamprey in awhile (the presence of lamprey are usually a sign that the river is healthy). The particular stretch that I fish gets very little pressure. In the past ten years I think I've run into another fisherman once. It's a little depressing, actually. There used to be days when I would catch dozens of brookies on that river. I haven't had a day like that in two or three years.
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    River changes

    My God, 70 degrees at the end of May?!?! That's insane! This is a seriously depressing thread. I apologize for having started it.
  20. http://mainepublic.org/post/smokehouse-allow-dining-river-herring-during-annual-migration#stream/0
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    Lowland Streams are looking good!

    Nice pics!
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    Anyone been up on the Mag?

    And you didn’t text me?!?!
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    Searching for quite in Maine

    Yeah, that’s definitely true. There’s a place I like to go where I hever see anyone and it is a couple of miles from the turnpike.
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    Floating tent

    There's a part of me that really wants this: https://smithfly.myshopify.com/products/shoal-tent
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    Searching for quite in Maine

    I hear ya Mal. Can't wait to get back up there. Hopefully in a week or two. But what I really am dying to do is to wake up with the sunrise at a nice, quiet spot up north somewhere and cast to some rising trout just as the sun starts peaking up over the trees.