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Pinetree
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08/11/2017 07:57PM
At least mine.
Over the years I have had some terrible strong winds while canoeing and fishing. But have been blessed with the dead earie calm winds that I love to slice the water with while canoeing. Also at times lake trout fishing we get a mayfly hatch and you can see the dimples on the surface made by trout,tullibee or a whitefish coming to the surface and grabbing them.
Many a times I could cast over there and get a fish. Great fishing for whitefish fishing on Canadian Agnes once on a dead calm 90 degree day in early June when the water was still cold.
Too get lucky and paddle in cruise mode on a calm day makes the trip complete in itself. Sometimes you can look behind your canoe and see a little bubble trail as far as you can see.
 
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TomT
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08/11/2017 08:30PM
In 2001 I was solo and did the mile long Horse portage around the rapids on Basswood. I was really concerned about paddling the length of Basswood to Prairie Portage. It turned out to be dead calm conditions. I remember it being uncomfortably hot and seeing a "sun dog". I'll take that over wind any day.
Pinetree
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08/11/2017 08:45PM
I think it is extra special when I solo and calm and so peaceful. Just you-your canoe and your paddle dipping into the water.
Laketrout58
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08/11/2017 09:15PM
Pinetree,you said that perfectly! I soloed once on crystal lake and departed for home at 430am on a glass surface and a sliver of a moon. Silent except drips off the paddle. A special content feeling. Have a good evening everyone! Marc
08/11/2017 09:16PM
it is magical when the water is so calm... Lake Superior at Grand Marais a couple weeks ago..
Pinetree
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08/11/2017 09:53PM
quote walllee: " it is magical when the water is so calm... Lake Superior at Grand Marais a couple weeks ago.."

I canoed lake Superior by Tettachoue(sp) park one time and I thought it was dead calm but it still had those undualating(sp) slow waves only a lake it size could have. What was weird to me was here I am in like 40 feet of water and the water is so clear it felt like I was on top of a clean clear glass panel. It felt so weird and like my balance wasn't quite right.
08/11/2017 10:04PM
Aug. 19, 2014, about 3:00pm Telescope Lake WCPP ... Magical paddle on glass

Pinetree
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08/11/2017 10:24PM
quote jcavenagh: "Aug. 19, 2014, about 3:00pm Telescope Lake WCPP ... Magical paddle on glass


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Awesome and love the reflection of the trees in the water.
GreyOwl
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08/11/2017 11:59PM
08/12/2017 10:44AM

Russell Lake
WHendrix
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08/12/2017 01:43PM
Quiet waters everywhere have the same magical effect. This is in the Snake River
Canyon just downstream from Lewiston Idaho. It was very disorienting. I felt like I was about to fall out of the canoe.
missmolly
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08/12/2017 01:58PM
quote Pinetree: "quote walllee: " it is magical when the water is so calm... Lake Superior at Grand Marais a couple weeks ago.."


I canoed lake Superior by Tettachoue(sp) park one time and I thought it was dead calm but it still had those undualating(sp) slow waves only a lake it size could have. What was weird to me was here I am in like 40 feet of water and the water is so clear it felt like I was on top of a clean clear glass panel. It felt so weird and like my balance wasn't quite right."


Superior's clarity also unsettles me. It looks like it's four feet deep when it's forty and understanding that makes me feel like I'm flying...in a canoe, which is unnatural.
missmolly
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08/12/2017 02:47PM
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Russell Lake"


Whoa, Crumpman! That's crazy smooth.
bwcadan
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08/12/2017 03:14PM
To have perfect calm waters, you need to have no wind. Often in the early AM, late evening PM or overnight. To get that during the day, you are likely in the center of a high pressure system. often shown on weather maps as a "H" standing for "high".

On my first BW trip which was with a scout group in 1989, we paddled the Q Agnes Lake from the Silence portage area starting at around 3:00 AM in August. Full moon, northern lights, and "glass" to paddle on. Everything was reflected perfectly. Sun up later to boot.
SaganagaJoe
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08/12/2017 09:11PM


Even Saganaga can calm down sometimes! About 9 AM in 2014, near Munker Narrows

Here's another from the same trip, maybe 6:30 AM, from Englishman Island.

08/12/2017 09:51PM
Headed up a good stretch of Sturgeon on our way to Oliphant one morning. It was magical and Kip caught the mood with this photo. I believe that is Blueberry Island.

08/12/2017 10:08PM
crocodile lake
TomT
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08/13/2017 05:57AM
Basswood Lake during the Pagami Creek fire in 2011. Dead calm and smelled like smoke.

riverrunner
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08/13/2017 12:38PM
Had few of them during my life a joy for sure.

I really life fishing the clam before dark always enjoyable.
QueticoMike
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08/13/2017 03:43PM
I fear the wind in the woods and on the water more than anything else out there.

What did you catch the whitefish on?
Pinetree
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08/13/2017 04:06PM
quote QueticoMike: "I fear the wind in the woods and on the water more than anything else out there.


What did you catch the whitefish on?"


Caught them on a panther martin spinner,either black or yellow. It would of been awesome if I had a fly rod and flies.

They actually tasted very good.
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08/14/2017 10:13AM
East Bearskin, 8/9/17

Pinetree
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08/14/2017 10:23AM
Love those reflection pictures. Just can't get enough of them.
Pinetree
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08/14/2017 10:24AM
quote nojobro: "East Bearskin, 8/9/17


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That is one of the few lakes in the BWCA haven't been to yet. Beautiful.
08/14/2017 04:33PM
another reflection one for pinetree
08/14/2017 06:16PM




QueticoMike
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08/14/2017 06:43PM
Those are some awesome pictures!

08/14/2017 08:44PM
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If that whole gear making thing doesn't work out looks like you might make a decent, understatement, photographer. Awesome.
08/14/2017 09:21PM
Maybe another thread should be what you had to find your way through to get those very calm days.
IceColdGold
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08/15/2017 11:37AM
Stayed at a friends cabin on Ely island on Lake Vermilion this weekend. Had a nice calm paddle from Stuntz bay to the island Friday night, and a calm paddle from the island back to Stuntz bay Sunday morning.

What a blessing to have calm waters all weekend on such a big lake.
Pinetree
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08/15/2017 01:16PM
quote IceColdGold: "Stayed at a friends cabin on Ely island on Lake Vermilion this weekend. Had a nice calm paddle from Stuntz bay to the island Friday night, and a calm paddle from the island back to Stuntz bay Sunday morning.


What a blessing to have calm waters all weekend on such a big lake."


This last three weeks in my Brainerd area there has been almost zero wind. That is a long stretch.
nojobro
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08/16/2017 11:50AM
quote DanCooke: "Maybe another thread should be what you had to find your way through to get those very calm days.
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But I don't take pics then; too busy paddlin'

:)
shock
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08/16/2017 12:26PM
i've traveled seagull many times and seen it like glass twice when entering from rog or alpine and of course by the time we got to the east landing we were in 2' white caps, go figure ;) ,,, it can change very fast in canoe country :( ,,, 1 time i even mentioned to my group i've only seen seagull like this once before , so we better get going right away , and they were like why , well they found out why .
Pinetree
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08/16/2017 02:12PM
quote shock: "i've traveled seagull many times and seen it like glass twice when entering from rog or alpine and of course by the time we got to the east landing we were in 2' white caps, go figure ;) ,,, it can change very fast in canoe country :( ,,, 1 time i even mentioned to my group i've only seen seagull like this once before , so we better get going right away , and they were like why , well they found out why ."

That happened to me on Basswood,we came out of North bay in Canada and it was super dead calm,got to Washington bay of Basswood and the wind came up so strong all at once we had to stop behind a very small Island and wait till dark to move on.
 
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