Posted by: Al_A on Aug-19-10 12:03 AM (EST)
The fishing mostly sucked but the trip was great!
I was floating in Dirty Ed's Oscoda, which I wouldn't consider a real good canoe for anything tougher than Class 1, but it handled those ledges really well. I simply avoided the big wave trains because I didn't want to take the chance of swamping or getting my fishing tackle too soaked. There were always chicken routes that avoided the biggest wave trains but were plenty interesting in themselves, with lots of maneuvering required to run cleanly. Since the fishing wasn't great, I had more fun just running those slalom courses trying not to put too many more scratches in Ed's canoe. But I thought it was kinda funny that I'd just finished running the last rapid above Brooks Falls when two guys in fully outfitted solo whitewater canoes with floatation bags and helmets came down it. There I was in a more or less flatwater canoe full of not-even-tied-down fishing tackle!
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