6 DAYS IN THE NORTH PART2. BRUTAL PORTAGES, EPIC FISHING, SWIMMING IN FREEZING WATER, OWLS, BEAVERS!
Good morning i slept amazing i can hear john over there stern about we do have to get a little bit of uh distance made today because we poked around so much yesterday uh late start and all that good fishing so i'm gonna get up and uh break down camp and head back over to where he is get some breakfast on and uh head on to.
A big portash we got a couple big ones today good day good day already happy feel good excited for the day we're out here in northern ontario day five of a six day canoe trip got my gear all over the place we're just getting ready to start off for the.
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Over there got everything in my back in my tent packed up but i hung up my top quilt to dry out because it got a lot of condensation on it last night i'm using my anson belt i'm loving it super durable and tough holds up my knife nice and tight.
Get it on and off easy and it's got this cool constricting locking system which makes things tight like a tiger all right i think i might even leave my tent set up because there's a lot of there's like a lot of frost on it last.
Night that's going to melt off now and turn the water and i'd rather have a dry tent before i put in my backpack so i think i am going to just zip the outer part up and go eat my breakfast see how john boy made out through the night.
John was nice enough to get this fire goal i was over there decking around so a few stars under the hint under the tarp dude when i got up to the bathroom holy smokes milky way the whole nine yards oh really yeah yeah wrote all about that actually very nice campsite here time to get in the boats.
What a gorgeous day i'm just paddling real slow here john's just finishing packing down be in the water in a minute just taking it easy here soaking up the sun it's the first real warm morning supposed to be a really nice day actually the rest of the days we're here.
Are supposed to be nice bonus this is such a cool area can't get over it it's good to get out with the buddy too it's been a while i love canoe tripping hey i wasn't having any luck with that little.
Floater so i put on the old toronto wobbler spoon it's a silver spoon i figured it's sunny should uh reflect good and within the first the first cast uh i was trolling i got a laker i believe yeah laker a little baby laker.
A small laker nice little trout to start the day so pretty cool man that's all three fish species out of this lake for me and uh pretty satisfied we're gonna head to the portage and start our day and bruh this is what happens when you you're a heavy packer your backpacks on both sides.
I couldn't do it and come across some uh some more boops probably bear i think this uh this trail is turning out to be pretty awesome nice and flat we're uh running perpendicular to a river but we just went down and checked out we just went down to see if we could.
Paddle it but it's way too shallow it's good to find out though but nothing to complain about on this portage 1600 meter portage halfway over nice big lake wow pretty still on that portage just stop for a breather a little snack it's over two kilometers.
Long one way we've gone come back and we're halfway back so quite the distance so far we have a couple big ones today after this too john's gone down to scope out the river next to us.
It actually pretty it looks pretty cool down there let's go oh wow oh man that is beautiful so i guess we're not getting down to the water hmm man that's pretty talking about me wow.
Uh oh oh into a log beautiful oh that was a run what an impressive specimen okay just another beautiful beautiful trout nice we got five a piece now i think yeah yeah definitely i'm just trying to keep up with you man oh come on.
It's a beautiful speck what's that okay oh man he's feisty stop stop stop we're spoiled we don't have the words we don't have to bring them in the boat so i switched up to the egb canadian classic and uh second cast got.
Nice nice spec so john's just pulled one out of here as well we've been fishing for 10 minutes baby nice little ass end of the lake here it feels really good to be back on the water i thought portage was a butt kicker have i mentioned how much fun i'm having it's a good trip.
So nice oh i'm glad we did this oh yeah she's rocky is snot well i think i'm gonna have to get out of the boat here unfortunately we'll see oh.
Haha that was all right and this is where the fish are i can't believe i made it through there without getting out of the boat that's so awesome that ninja joke success.
Oh lovely feeling to have people okay i got a feeling it's off a big rock it's a log not a rock just go fast just like that we are out of the river and into the lake above amazon.
Just keep her straight and hold on i'm riding that one wow that's nice what a day we had man we frickin got turned around had some exploration some adventure i finally got my little piggies wet and now we're on.
A point on this lake and there's supposed to be a campsite around but we can't find it so we're done and uh it's 7 30. got to change out my shoes get some dry ones on and get some food into me life's chilly oh bam going to town in there.
What do you think about today john it's pretty rough misadventure that's all part of it i didn't get it on my camera but you didn't record much no but john got a rainbow trout so we're up both on the board with those guys now so it's pretty awesome well we got two two.
Loons right in front of us look at that another awesome thing there there too there he goes go find the food whatever fish he's at ah well we're just getting packed down getting ready to leave this campsite had a great sleep on some nice level.
Ground there's a loon out in front again so uh plan for today is fishing and portaging what a beautiful day i got my boot i got my boots riding up front trying to dry out in the sun i got the old camp shoes on in the boat at least until we get to our first.
Portage that way i'm not sitting in the boat freezing cold wet feet um yeah anyways so i'm not sitting there cool with some laugh in the boat with some laughs rather and uh then when we get on the portage i'll warm myself up by walking.
All right i think we got like a 1600 to start the day off with or something like that so always thinking you know i haven't caught a fish since yesterday morning so i'd like to catch a fish this is a bigger lake and we haven't caught one on it yet but who knows.
Sorry if the camera angle is off i got a fish on and i'm trying not to uh try to lose them you know i think this might be the first fish i got on my big camera this trip so i was trolling a uh a jointed shad cc i think this is a lake trout yeah just a little lake trout hit hard.
you guys almost went in the drink there there's a beaver there beaver so we're at the end of this lake here almost at the bay and john's like oh a fish just jumped over next to you so i cast and two casts later got a little laker.
All right we're on our big one for the day the start of the start of the big ones for the day just getting everything situated and we're gonna head off that away i got my system is my light backpack with my canoe and i got barely anything in there it's all light clothes and stuff.
My big heavy backpack with my life jacket on it i carry that with that my hand first and then the paddle goes with the backpack and the canoe and that goes in my pocket because you need water it's on our portage trail and there's uh just on our portage trail and there's a.
Lot of blow down this one's at a real really weird angle and height uh for coming through the backpacks and the canoe so we're just going to clean it up a little bit we've gone saw it halfway through with his saw and i'm just going to finish it up here.
This little axe yeah maybe the saw is the move now too after that anything you need you got it anything at all she's binding come on nelly maybe we just clean up the limbs and step over it yeah.
Um no problem that's a problem what's up where's the trail well at least we did that what's the stitch john there's no trail after it i always look ahead it's the longest short of it yeah that's.
Short-sightedness right there during it uh but this is the trail this is the only trail so yeah we already got turned around once on this one too maybe there's just a lot of blow down yeah it must be this has to be it in fact there's this old trail here marked on this topo map and we're right.
On it okay so all right we'll figure it out this is a rough quarter check this out a super old boot moss growing on it and everything just the middle of this portage trail that was a brutal portage that was rough yes but yesterday was worse probably but uh.
We just don't have anything left in the tank today oh it's a combination of both days yeah we got out to this beautiful little lake so that's very inviting right now downside is our canoes are half a click back and the flies they have given us enough of a break.
They have decided to come back out in full force so we got some friends with us now did the bugs find you ah our grace period has ended this is what we're dealing with now with the canoes going through here so oh my god.
Oh we're finally done and i'm not a happy camper my uh i was yelling and cursing and stuff on this portage it's my backpack my my uh canoe stop riding that i switch things around in my bag and it's throwing my balance all off and it's.
Making absolutely impossible especially on these crazy portages where it's like very very grown in and very rocky and up and down so i had a little hissy fit but i'm feeling a little bit better now with some food in my mouth anyways black flies that's the name of the game right now we're gonna get fed get into the lake.
Maybe do some fishing relaxing the canoe for a minute i know i want to do that and then uh hit the next portage yay such a change man we had such an easy first few days and yesterday the first couple days and yesterday today has just been a grind it's uh it's 2 15 and we've been going.
We only did one port hush but it's a real canoe trip and i'm glad for it all right we're on the hunt for the last portage of the day i think it's up this way a reminiscent trail but it's super grown in i went and checked it out a little bit so far.
See i think this is the trail here it's pretty wide but there's trees growing in it see there's the old rock karen pile of rocks telling me that hey bear tell me that that this was something before but we shall see the rub wow i literally i literally just.
Showed john a rub super high up on the tree come around the corner look at that score not cool eh that's how they're big that's the first moose jet i've ever found same actually it's got some heft to it though.
Oh they're heavy here yeah oh i'd like to keep it but i'm not going to no we got enough to carry no doubt look at that though that's pretty cool man what an awesome forest yeah still on a good bearing okay oh i just wiped out hard here's the lake.
Ah we found the i've cracked it shoot we found the portage trail and it's been a rough one i coming down this last little bit i'm 10 meters away from the water and i fell rock slipped out from under me my camera smashed lens first into the ground into a rock.
Yeah wow this is like old woman i fell down it oh did you yeah my camera lens smashed off a rock too is it working i think everything's okay i just cracked my i cracked my lens though i can see a crack in it it sucks but what are you gonna do wow makes me nervous to take the canoe.
Down here yeah i chipped the lens okay that this is the last little stretch going down to the water my last portage today the one i fell on already trying it's hard to get the scale of how steep this actually ah this actually is but it is believe me when i tell you if anyone has ever portaged old woman.
Like like superior they all know what i'm talking about it's just like that now comes the steep part you can see by that rock how steep it is this is the part i fell at right here there's no good footholds all the rocks are moving okay i did it yeah.
Uh on the lake black flies are crazy you should see them around the camera i imagine they're the same around my face i think my camera might be okay i just have a little chip in the in the lens but should be okay okay gotta find a camp now it's a really nice point here looks like.
It could be a campsite if it is we're gonna take it it's uh it's almost five o'clock four four thirty seven so we're done we've been going a lot for the past two days this is an early day it's not even that early we're jumping in this is this is a silly silly decision but we're doing it.
It's all good we're doing this together i think so all right if you bail oh at the last minute just don't go okay i need to like work myself up for a couple minutes oh one two wait wait shake my pocket yeah oh yeah oh.
I'm so cold getting amped up getting ant up you ready i think so one two three oh it hurts it would hurts died.
All right day four they smell all right we're gonna cook them up and eat them before they are no longer good oh bam son good all right so i've eaten meat three times on this trip joe brought steak joe provided rainbow trout joe provides.
Beef four day old beef or pork i guess pork beak whatever whatever's in a sausage i don't think anyone knows no one knows exquisite already old backpack dogs hmm little ketchup truly gourmet come back for seconds oh yeah the.
Ketchup that's a real luxury out here there sure is that's really good so sausages can stay in your backpack for four days well we haven't really proven that yet i'll tell you tomorrow i'm gonna go without the fly tonight the.
Chance of seeing the northern lights so we're going to set our alarms get up in the middle of the middle of the night i don't actually have to get up if i have no fly on so i got to be quick about these sleeping bag situations today because the black flies.
And the mosquitoes are out but black flies are my urge nema system we gotta stay away from those guys so i think i have two bites so far but it's not so bad for four days in anyways i think we might lay down for a minute and then uh go fishing tonight go for a night paddle.
It's um it's 20 after six now and this is the first really like relaxing time that we've had in two days oh i was having a nice little rest in there.
John had a nice little shut shut-eye in his emark hammock but i have awoken to popcorn being made you provide fine meats i provide popcorn accoutrements a charcuterie board next time cut some cedar get that oil nice and hot shimmering.
So i learned this from john this is exactly the origin of me cooking popcorn over the side throw one kernel in see if it's sizzling yeah that's this one hold the bottom a little closer up before hot oil explodes in your face you don't.
Want that oh i don't trust i have a bad feeling about this batch it's going too slowly it's going to be burnt oh yeah that's burnt what did i do wrong no nothing it's perfect man there's a full pot of potato.
Like the majority it's about a fifth full i don't think it was hard enough most of them did not pop but the oil seemed to be burning on me before i actually dumped a little oil out because i think i burned it i shake mine but i don't think that's necessary once you dump the kernels in i wait or.
While i i wait till i hear the first pop then i just start shaking chicken chicken chicken chicken keep it super hot but who knows anyways it's good i have the ones that are popular a little popcorn right here this is this is the same batch we.
Already showed you this is exactly how good it was perfection i didn't make any mistakes well i think i'm gonna go for a little nighttime paddle with mr gull fish on fish on middle of the lake just hope for a leisurely paddle you know usually nighttime paddle.
And fish on and fish on another lake trout this is what i got him on jointed deep diving cc shad what a beautiful night happy i got another fish there's a couple in the books today for me i think about like nine or ten so far for the trip.
Not too shabby camp is a way over there john's got a fire going there you can see it i think there's a little shimmery thing back this way i want to go see what it is i'm losing light pretty good i'm close enough to that shore where i think it's all right so let's go to that shore.
Then we're heading back because it's late and it's getting chilly i got a lake trout lake trout oh is it a cross is it a cross what the heck oh my what the heck i did not expect this what is this it's a cross.
It looks like a memorial thing huh that's different well out of respect i'm not gonna go up there or anything i'm just gonna leave but i can only hope something is cool happens for me when i'm gone okay back back we go well that was a nice nighttime paddle went out and checked out what that.
Shimmery thing was saw the cross got that laker now i'm back in camp laying on my bed it's about 10 o'clock residual light left but it's bedtime we do have our alarm set for the middle of the night to see if there's any northern lights and you can bet if there is we'll show them to you but if not i'll see you bright and early.
In the morning good night eh yeah yeah right above us this is awesome got a beaver slapping his tail from the water too spring keepers and stars this is awesome well good morning we had uh no northern.
Lights last night but still a great night's sleep lots stars peepers owls good stuff woke up to a gorgeous morning it's time to get up chili and garlic bread a canadian breakfast tradition come on focus what are you doing um.
All right goodbye camp goodbye john we're gonna go see if we can find the portage over there john was nice enough to make fire and cook breakfast and everything so he's just cleaning up right now i'm gonna go ahead across see if i can find it if not we gotta take uh.
The portage on john's map the detail of two maps this trip and the flies have found me this is a pretty marshy lake gotta put in right there make a glove oh he's going in the water be careful there's no pike in here that's a hall man look at where he's.
Going two of us here no he's second thoughts yeah he's looking don't do it don't do it manky guy he's gone you're going for the big swim that is a stretch that's funny he ran back and then recommitted himself must be really important.
I think there might be another mink over there what's her name we're at the end of the portage and all it is is grass and water okay i don't hit a sinkhole they're swarming they're sworn hard.
Ah all right into the lake proper woo hoo oh i am a very wet boy little adventure on uh day five for us this is almost otherworldly right now to me just loving this lake it's uh painful to have to leave so soon yeah nothing no nothing on the shoreline.
Is boring you can spend freaking couple days on this lake sure bugs so many bugs all right i'm on a puddle in the middle of a trail that we have to pour portage through or sorry paddle through to get back to the other side of the protest we've been.
Moving pretty good all day some nice sections and some slogs and it's 3 30 so i think this is the last portage into the lake we're going to stay in and up until now it's been a surprise and uh here's the start of the trail again which looks awesome.
Bugs and i walked about 40 feet and it come to this yet again a flooded out section of the trail we have to put in the paddle just to right there huh this is getting tedious boys and girls tds.
Canoe tripping door it's a super easy get in this is nice i'm getting trapped behind my glasses oh all right we're on our final lake for the day not a moment too soon i had terrible stomach cramps i don't know what's going on.
I have to go to the bathroom or what but it's just aching on my stomach super bad i gotta get somewhere and lay down oh it hurts really bad these black flies are not helping there's no breeze to keep them down so pretty rough right now day five man day five it's getting to be.
An adventure i'm getting bit too every now and then so but at least not being able to crawl into my pants or up my shirt it's just my my face my wrists i got one on my lower back so not too bad i can't take much more of this door else my black fly fever is gonna start to kick in.
So uh yeah i gotta get somewhere for shelter just for a little bit until he died down we're lucky we didn't have like this the whole trip oh we have found camp for the last night i can move mine no no thanks i just want to simmer it.
From the side basically so i've got some pasta primavera with grilled chicken open air alpine air we've got this nice little site i'll probably put my tent under this tree nice flat spot and john's got a lake view as well over there how are you feeling yeah pretty good.
Little itchy but good yeah yeah already ready for home yeah it was an amazing trip yeah yeah i think so you know we worked hard for this this is a tough trip for the start of the season or later in the season you know we pocket but it's like any other sport.
If you're not warmed up for it it's going to be tough no i totally agree this was a rougher trip than uh either of us thought i think after the first day yeah remember that first day it was happening we were having beers and just steak and thought it was all gonna be so easy but that's part of it and that's.
What we both love as well the unknown the excitement the adventure the slogging through the freaking waist deep mud actually we only went up to i think maybe knees this crotch oh you did sink that hole yeah john fell into a hole that if i fell into i would have just been gone.
Forever so yeah anyways good uh good trip for sure and it's not over yet go to eat some food catch some splake maybe we're on a splake lake now finally for the first time so uh maybe after supper we haven't really had a calm night where we've paddled around and fished so maybe we'll.
Try that what are you gonna eat i got veggie burritos feast on them probably have five or six true john form i'm a big boy i may have hooked on to the first splake of the trip i'm not sure i've got a fish on for sure um doing a little night paddle while.
John is still hanging out at camp trolling a big brass and purple little cleo and i got a pretty good hit just trying to get them close in right now right meow what are you what kind of trout are you today if it's a spike i've got all four species of trout that are.
Around this area oh oh it's running it's running it's running it's a good fight it's a good fight it's a really good fight oh my god my rock my rod is abandoned oh my god it's going on crazy runs does not want to be caught stack or slate spec or splake spec or splake.
What are you too fighting like a laker so maybe a split relax relax so he's got a forked tail i believe that means it's a splake beauty fish i've caught all four species i believe yeah i'm almost 100 that a fork tail.
Means a splake with these colors beauty it's going back in thank you so just ate supper that's why we're not eating them but very happy to catch them cool put up a great fight too great fight i believe that is all four trout species in this area.
That's the grand slam none of this triple crown nonsense so so last morning just getting packed up and ready to go got some loons out here it's pretty us pretty spectacular all right well we're gonna split he's here.
John's gonna hang out cook maybe do some more fishing yep i'm gonna go home because i got some business to attend to and i'd much prefer to do that either on the road or at home than here now so it's time for me to go it's been a wonderful five nights.
This is the sixth day very very memorable trip and uh yeah i really appreciate you coming with me buddy oh been grand slam monsters now just amazing weather and fishing yeah some struggles but that's all part of it wouldn't do the same without it it's a real canoe trip you know it started off.
Uh daisies and rainbows literally and then turned to a little bit of unknown but that's it man you know that's that's the whole fun of the canoe trip and that's the allure of it for i'm sure both of us so all right buddy until next time appreciate it.
Yep and we will uh we'll see you guys in the next video like i said be sure to check out john's video and locks likes and until next time we'll see ya well i'm finally on the takeout lake the lake where our trucks are parked at it's nine o'clock now and i left at seven i did a series of like six.
Liftover slog things through mud and luck up to my knees and water um through beaver ponds to get out this way a different way that we came in to complete a full circle so we did this loop this is the sixth day fantastic loop real challenge real good.
Fishing real good scenery good company just overall good shirt one to go down in the books i'm sure black flies are out i had a little outlet black flies are out right now um my head's all blown up from the bites so i'm going to smell my back and stuff probably a handful of bites total.
I'm not really feeling too much effect from it so that's good anyways there's trout in this lake so i got my little cleo on but whatever happens happens i'm more than happy with the fishing on this trip hope you guys enjoyed it i'll see you soon.
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