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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;

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; buf­

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; stan­

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