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Talking about the Great Lakes here, not the open water between Ireland and Scotland.

In North Channel reports I see lots of people tying off to shore with very long lines. How much should I carry? 200', 300' or what. Will a low cost twisted nylon work or should shore lines really be polyester?

Some people seem feel that insects are less troublesome in the August/September time frame. Is that about right?


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If you tie to a tree please use a piece of carpet to protect the bark. LOTS of dead trees along the shore from rope burn.

200' should be enough.

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We used to cruise out of the North Channel. Tying off is common in some anchorages, especially if you have shallow draft and/or you want to snug close to shore. I think I carried about 150'. Most people anchor most of the time though.

Bugs are normally down by August, definitely September. May/June for blackflies, June/July for skeeders. But during the day, out on the water, they're no big deal any time of the season. Have good screens for your hatches and make sure they're on a few hours before sunset. Of course the horse and deer flies are around all summer, and those nasty ankle-bitters seem to live on the open water, especially in later July/August. Hate those...

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