Posted on June 16, 2018
Just one hour from Toronto we experienced guided platform raft fishing on the Grand River in Paris. The river offers abundant small mouth bass, fall/spring rainbow trout… as well as pike, walleye and big carp.
The platform fishing was excellent. Two fishermen could easily fly fish for bass or trout with lots of space. For those that bait cast, there were deck chairs elevated above the water allowing easy vision of striking fish.
The speed of the raft allowed many casting opportunities. At each pool and swift there was lots of time to hit every spot with numerous casts.
In April to mid-May rainbow trout or steelhead are abundant in the river… as the river gets warmer these fish head for Lake Erie… but return in September, offering lots of action. There was also excellent fishing for rainbow trout and brown trout in the pristine cold waters of Whiteman’s Creek, which joins the Grand River.
In July/August the small mouth bass dominate the Paris section of the Grand River. Locals expressed no surprise at catching 40 bass in several hours at the beginning of the bass season.
Pike and pickerel were present in this section of the Grand River, but minor in comparison to the trout and bass. The nearby Nith River offers much better pike and pickerel fishing opportunities.
People that are traveling in the area and in need of tackle can simply rent from the Big Catch fishing shop in Paris for twenty dollars per day. If looking for accommodations, the countryside setting of the River Ridge Bed & Breakfasts caters to fishermen. It offers excellent accommodations and breakfast… but it is the soothing outdoor hot tub for the tired fisherman that appeases most!
Part of the Grand River in this area has been zoned Exceptional Waters to preserve the fish populations against heavy fishing pressure. This barb-less, bait-less, catch & release zone contains some very healthy fish populations.
The biggest surprise was soaking in a wilderness fishing experience so near to the city of Toronto. The platform raft fishing offers some of the best fishing on the Grand in Southern Ontario. Definitely a great river for a days fishing!
Posted on June 10, 2018
One of the most important tools that you should bring when you go hiking or camping is a survival knife. Having a knife is important since it can be used in an infinite number of ways. You can use it for preparing food, cutting materials for your shelter, or even protecting yourself. You should not even consider going on a wilderness trip without a knife. You can purchase a knife from any shop that sell camping gear or an online shop. Whatever you decide to do, just make sure that you consider the tips outlined in the paragraphs below.
Make sure that you choose the right sized survival knife. It is important that the knife can be easily carried. You should also choose a knife that you can clip on your jeans waistband or on your belt. This makes it easier for you to access the knife whenever you need it. If you want to clip it near your body, just make sure that you cover it with a knife sheath.
Choose the right kind of blade for your survival knife. The blade is the most important part of the knife because this is what does the cutting. Do you want a straight or serrated blade? Do you want a long or short blade? A straight blade is much easier to sharpen than a serrated blade. A knife with a short blade is easier to carry and use than a knife with a long blade. The blade should also be thick enough to withstand even wood chopping. You do not want a flexible knife that bends easily. These things are important to consider when it comes to choosing the right knife for your wilderness trips.
The handle is also an important factor to consider. Make sure that the handle has a nice grip. Try to hold the knife before making a purchase to ensure that it feels comfortable when you are holding it. Make sure that the handle is not hollow. A knife with a hollow handle is easier to break than a knife whose tang (the metal part of the knife, which includes the blade) extends to the bottom of the handle.
The material used for making the knife should also be taken into consideration. For the blade, you can choose something that is made of either stainless steel or carbon steel. Stainless steel is more durable and does not rust. On the other hand, carbon steel retains its blade edge for a much longer time. For the handle, you can choose either wood, metal or hard plastic.
When choosing your survival knife, always go for the knife with the most reasonable price. Do not buy those really cheap knives or they will end up broken after your first use. On the other hand, do not buy an overly expensive knife or you will end up with a broken wallet. You have to look for something that meets your needs and at the same time keeps your wallet intact.
Posted on June 3, 2018
You may think that Tasmania is extremely small and will have nothing much to see. But don’t forget that great thing come in small packages and Tasmanian attractions are nothing short of great. There is shopping to do, sites to see, hiking, swimming, surfing and the Tasmanian devil to visit! It is here you will find Australia’s oldest narrow gauge tramway and you can take the family for a joy ride on scenic railway through some of the most picturesque parts of Tasmania.
In the north east of Tasmania you will find the most beautiful fertile soil and the best quality timber. Sheep graze in plenty and poppy is a bumper crop here. It’s hard to believe that the north eastern part was a mining area. In fact that’s something you have to see here; what’s left of the gold mines at the Beaconsfield. You can so have a look at a tin mine called Derby. The Tamar River is an important part of the north east and is extremely scenic. You will love the waterfalls, gorge and beaches here. Launceston is the biggest city in the north east and is popular for its historic buildings, restaurants and parks. Another north-eastern Tasmanian attraction is the town of Scottsdale which has the biggest lavender farms.
Let’s find out more about the south and south-eastern part of Tasmania. It is the most populated part of the state but still boasts of bush lands which are another popular Tasmanian attraction. The capital of Tasmania is Hobart and also the largest city in the state. It is located here in the south east. It is not just the hub for commerce and industry but also home to many heritage sites. You just have to visit the Shot Tower which is at Taroona and Arthur’s Circus at Battery Point. Don’t miss the artistic town of Richmond, the Hastings cave, Mt. Wellington and Mt. Field National Park.
It time for the Tasmania’s Suncoast. The east coast of Tasmania is absolutely lovely and boasts of the finest weather all year long. Fishing is a major attraction here and the towns of Bicheno and St. Helens are the best known fishing ports. The popular and most visited Tasmanian tourist attraction, Freycinet National Park is located on the east coast. For camping head to Coles Bay and Wineglass bay is not to be missed. Swim, lie on the white sandy beaches, snorkel and also visit the birds, fishes and animals in Bicheno’s sea life park.
For the best of Tasmanian wilderness its time for the wild – Wild West! The western region is not populated at all and is a real getaway spot in the true sense of the word. Escape to the western wilderness for some time alone. Queenstown is the biggest town here. It is here in the south west that you will see some of the most spectacular Tasmanian wilderness. The Gordon River runs through the south west and gives Tasmania some lovely sights enjoyed by tourists and Bushwalkers. You must visit the Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park.
There is more to see and experience here. Yu will never run out of things to do in Tasmania. It is easily accessible by road, air and rail. You can also hop on to Australia’s oldest narrow gauge train to take you through the Lune River and other Tasmanian Attractions.