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Tight Loops: Canoe Tripping Gear Guide

When Chase & I got the wild idea to get into canoe tripping, we certainly didn’t realize the gear that would be needed to make it happen. Aside from the obvious, canoe, paddles, and PFDs, there was a myriad of items we would learn would make life on the river a whole lot easier. We’ll outline some of our most helpful items as well as some favorites.

See their full gear guide on tightloopsfly.com here.

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October 27, 2023

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Affectionately dubbed “The Feral Child” as a toddler by her parents, Aimee was born for a life of wandering and adventure, always hot on the trail of the next wild story. Raised on a steady diet of race cars, skateboarding, punk rock, and darkrooms, she brings a unique perspective to her work in the outdoors and beyond. An accomplished artist, wedding/couples photographer and filmmaker, Aimee’s work can be seen gracing the pages of publications worldwide, as she pursues and shares her passion with notable brands and individuals. When not behind the lens or the wheel of her ‘85 Westy, she can usually be found relaxing with with her undeniably strange yet lovable cat, Levi.      

A thinker, compulsive image maker, and driven explorer, Chase first picked up a camera when he was 10 and never looked back. Over two decades later he's an award winning filmmaker, scientific illustrator, writer, and expedition team leader. Forever inspired by the beauty of the natural world, he's become an important voice in the struggle to protect and preserve native species and communicate the importance of wild and intact ecosystems. Whether waist deep in a Northern river, or a month into a video editing bender his head can always be found in the clouds, dreaming of the next adventure.

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Effective against a wide range of insects: Sawyer Permethrin is known to be effective against mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, mites, and more than 55 other kinds of insects.

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Sawyer Products SP5432 Picaridin insect repellent spray is also very small and compact. You can easily take this insect repellent anywhere you want. This makes it an ideal option for any traveler and adventurer who wants to have a safe journey.

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Depending on where you travel, you may want to pack bug spray, too. In places like Florida and North Carolina, summers get buggy, and you’ll be happy to have packed a spray on nights when you want to sit on the porch or dine outdoors.

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