The forecast was for winds from the NW at 5km/h. It seemed like the perfect day to try a crossing over to the islands.
I wasn’t really sure if I had the strength, or the courage, to face, however briefly, the open waters of Lake Ontario. When I got to Cherry Beach, and saw that I was going to have to paddle straight into the wind, I was hesitant. But, hey, here was a challenge, and there were also plenty of lifeguards!
In the end, no big deal. It took me about an hour to get to Centre Island, and that was because I went out into the greater harbor, enjoying the view: dynamic urban skyline, sailboat classes, and the Island Ferries.
I had a nice time, and did some scouting as to where I might actually land my canoe when I head over to meet up with the family. I checked out the “Lagoons” the waterways that carve their way through the Islands. I had the chance to talk to some other fishermen in a canoe, and a guy in a Hobie Kayak. The word was that there were lots of small perch, and perhaps some big carp if you knew where to look.
I paddled around a bit, and returned home thru the “Lagoons”, making a much easier ride. I did see lots of perch, and oh baby, I saw some really big carp lounging about. Next time, I am going to try and put the first fish in the canoe!
This spring was crazy, crazy busy for us. A new baby, a busy work schedule.
My new fly rods just sat in the corner.
Luckily, things have normalized, and it was time for our annual trip to Vermont. While I have to admit to spending the first couple of day sleeping and napping, then resting, I finally got out on the water.
Yup, I know, I went paddling…. couldn’t resist.
In any case, I eventually did hit my favorite stretch of Green Mountain water…
It was time well spent… lots of rust to be worn off, but the more time I spent there, the more relaxed I became… and the many small bass who lived there kept me busy, chomping at everything I would throw at them, from my first cast, to my last!
While it certainly wasn’t the kind of exciting fishing to garner any sort of attention from anyone else, (nothing to brag about here folks), it was exactly what I needed, and the kind of experience that makes us want to fish in the first place! I am happy. 🙂
I feel like myself again!
I seem to have completed all the repairs to the canoe. I’m pretty happy with the way everything turned out. My neighbor Ryan, who is something of an expert in these things, was quite complimentary about my fiberglass job to the keel, so I feel pretty good about that. We know it floats, with no leaks, and at the end of the day, that is all that matters.
I grabbed a small aluminum plate from Home Depot, the sort of thing you might use to put lots of screws thru to hold your deck together, it was just 99 cents. Ryan cut it into strips, and we drilled out the old rivet, and popped in new ones, and voila! The seat is firmly in place. Maybe not perfectly level, but after a few hours of my bum sitting on it, it may shift some more!
I left the decks for now, that will be an enhancement, more than a repair. I used an eyebolt, with two oversize washers, a nut on top, and a locknut underneath, so at least I have something to tie a line to, or perhaps put a small rope handle on.
All in all, I’m glad I bought my used canoe. Now to get out and have some fun!
I have completed most of the required repairs to the canoe, just about everything is done except for the seat. The two metal stays have been removed, I still need to figure out a way to fasten the seat down.
After a crazy weekend bailing out the basement, I gave myself the luxury of an afternoon off, and went for a paddle up the Rouge, from its mouth on Lake Ontario, up to the 401. It is very slow water, and very shallow.
It was a very quiet afternoon… I did see a couple of cranes, a few jumping fish, and a friendly muskrat. I must say, I feel refreshed!