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by Tom
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:58 pm
Forum: Wildlife
Topic: More on the Black Wolf found dead
Replies: 2
Views: 130

Re: More on the Black Wolf found dead

Talked with Rolf on the boat yesterday as the Voyageur II sailed the south shore to Windigo. I had no idea that a black coat is genetic trait gained from mating with American domestic dogs a while back, and is a single gene. Turns out if a wolf holds both chromosomes, it will have a shorter than ave...
by Tom
Fri Jun 14, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Weather and Bugs
Topic: Status of flies and mosquitos now?
Replies: 3
Views: 283

Re: Status of flies and mosquitos now?

Just returned yesterday. Mosquitos are out, but not horrible. The nights in the low to mid 40s really helped.
Didn't see a single black fly, but heard from someone they saw a couple. None-the-less, not a bad hatch, yet.
by Tom
Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.
Replies: 12
Views: 394

Re: TR: 6/2019 GRT/Minong/etc.

Thanks for the TR! Whenever I see those huge trees being felled by beavers, I can't but help but want to stop one and ask, "Now, exactly how to you plan to move that once it's down?" I also wonder if once the wolf population establishes, if this little beaver issue might go away... I also love when ...
by Tom
Fri Jun 07, 2019 6:34 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Tobin Harbor access to Mt Franklin trail?
Replies: 2
Views: 110

Re: Tobin Harbor access to Mt Franklin trail?

I'd say you have one of two ways to do it, depending on your wayfinding skills. The "can't get lost" route is to paddle to the Duncan Bay portage (nearly straight across from the Rock Harbor/Tobin docks) and hike the portage trail up to the Greenstone. That stretch of the Greenstone is very easy on ...
by Tom
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Itinerary Input...
Replies: 7
Views: 279

Re: Itinerary Input...

I like Itinerary 2 better than 1. No way I'd want to put in that last day, coming in to RH exhausted, only to find all the shelters full and then I spend the time setting up camp... even if there is running water.:-) I might even recommend trading McCargoe for Chippewa. Both equally beautiful, but C...
by Tom
Tue Jun 04, 2019 1:11 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Picnic Tables in Group Sites?
Replies: 5
Views: 221

Re: Picnic Tables in Group Sites?

Yes. I checked a few campsite photos to confirm, but from all the group sites I recall, if the shelters and individual sites have them at that camp, so does the group site. Note, however, sometimes they may get shuffled around and not properly returned, so your results may vary or you may need to po...
by Tom
Fri May 31, 2019 4:43 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Monster Lake Trout
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: Monster Lake Trout

...to determine how Lake Trout are doing... ...I'd say that one is doing just fine! Imagine catching that if you were out in the kayak or a canoe. (I did catch one heck of a monster northern in Wood Lake several years back, and we had no way to get it into the canoe. The only option was to get it t...
by Tom
Thu May 30, 2019 5:20 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Rain Gear?
Replies: 5
Views: 327

Re: Rain Gear?

I.R. is a 'damp' place. When I go I bring a rain coat & pants, and Gortex/full leather boots. Even in July hypothermia is real, so staying dry is key if it's a cold, rainy day. I personally have the tried and true Marmot Precip for the jacket, and will wear that on the trail if it's raining. Unless ...
by Tom
Fri May 24, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Kayaks - how long is too long?
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Kayaks - how long is too long?

Welcome to the forum! I would say it depends on how you intend to portage them. As you may have read, wheeled portage devices are not permitted, so then it becomes a question of a tandem carry or not. A few of the portages you will encounter (Chippewa to Whittlesey, Intermediate to Ritchie come to m...
by Tom
Fri May 24, 2019 5:24 am
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Zebra Mussels and fishing gear
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Zebra Mussels and fishing gear

I wonder if they caught any fish after that? Ha. I was thinking the same thing. At least it's propylene glycol and not ethylene. Maybe it will turn out to attract fish in the same rumored way spraying WD-40 on your lures is supposed to work. I always cringed when I saw folks do that and drop it in ...
by Tom
Thu May 23, 2019 6:49 pm
Forum: Canoeing, Kayaking & Fishing
Topic: Zebra Mussels and fishing gear
Replies: 7
Views: 199

Re: Zebra Mussels and fishing gear

Should I be concerned about unintended transport of them on lines and small fly lures, or only larger objects like boats and buckets? Boats and buckets. Most zebra mussel transport occurs at the veliger (final larval) stage. They get into ballast tanks, live wells, etc, and then get discharged into...
by Tom
Thu May 23, 2019 12:12 pm
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation
Replies: 21
Views: 730

Re: Feeble First-Timer, Seeking Affirmation

Welcome to the forum! Isle Royale is a perfectly fine place to be cutting your teeth to backpacking, provided you put in the planning - And it's clear you're already doing that. I'll echo dcclark's recommendation for a rest day, and agree you could cut out Ritchie, but I'll offer a different opinion...
by Tom
Wed May 22, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Gear & Supplies
Topic: Re: Cook Kit Storage Question
Replies: 4
Views: 246

Re: Cook Kit Storage Question

I tend to use a tea-pot instead of Jetboil setup, so in my case, the canister doesn't fit (I put the cookstove in there) so I just carry that in a pack pouch. However, it's very common to see it carried in the cookset. If it leaked, most would depart as a gas, anyway. If you're super obsessive, thou...
by Tom
Tue May 21, 2019 5:11 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Washington Creek first night?
Replies: 5
Views: 263

Re: Washington Creek first night?

Agree with Bobcat1, you can play your arrival and the weather forecast. Since it sounds like this is your first trip, don't underestimate Isle Royale and the Minong; that first day has a lot of up and downs and I'd want to give myself as much time as possible. If you stay at WC, you could hike the H...
by Tom
Mon May 20, 2019 8:58 am
Forum: Trails & Campsites
Topic: Todd Harbor/Little Todd Stream
Replies: 6
Views: 311

Re: Todd Harbor/Little Todd Stream

As, yes. The "floaty log bridge." While it would be nice to get a TR from someone this year (can't wait for you to tell us!) my hunch is that expect more of the 'wet log' crossing than the rock hop. Every time I've crossed it in May or June, that's been the case, so I'll just go with law of averages...