STRIVE FOR FIVE
In addition to your fishing gear, these five items will make a difference in your comfort and safety on the big lakes of the Canadian Shield.
1. Grayl water filter This French press-style water filter should be standard on absolutely any and every fishing trip. It’s lightweight and carabiner-friendly, and it makes clean, potable water in a jiff. ($60; grayl.com)
2. Aluminum foil Fillets fried in oil are great, and your guide will take care of that for you. But for those days when you want to DIY more-remote water, some foil (along with garlic and olive oil) makes baking a whole walleye or brook trout easy.
3. Buff neck gaiters Buff’s line of neckwear is great for thermal management and bug control. ($18; buffwear.com)
4. A GPS with an Ontario-specific topo map A trusty unit will make wayfinding much easier, and comes in especially handy for exploring portage-to-backcountry lakes.
5. Stanley Classic extra-large thermos Cram your pockets with packets of instant coffee, and your boat will double as a coffee shop. ($40; stanley-pmi.com)