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Canoe Vibes | Mark Vlaskamp | Adirondacks Canoe Expedition | YakFish TV

100 Miles Through the Adirondacks: Mini Series Release

Professional kayak angler Robert Field, kayak fishing YouTuber Rex DeGuzman, and Kayak Angler Magazine‘s web editor Ben Duscheney, and I spent eight days paddling, fishing, and portaging 100-miles through the Adirondacks. Expeditions like this don’t just make good friends. Trips like these also create cool videos. Here are the four parts of our 100 Miles Through the Adirondacks mini-series.

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Video Trailer Release: 100 Miles through the Adirondacks

They weren’t buddies when we started, but they are now. Professional kayak angler Robert Field, kayak fishing YouTuber Rex DeGuzman, and Kayak Angler Magazine‘s web editor Ben Duscheney, and I spent eight days paddling, fishing, and portaging 100-miles through the Adirondacks. Expeditions like this don’t just make good friends. Trips like these also create cool videos. Here is another short video trailer for the upcoming Fall 2016 full video series release.

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Canoe Outriggers | Wingman Canoe Stabilizers | Canoe Outriggers for Fishing

Roanoke, VA: Pushing the Limits of Hybrid Acceptability

“Do we need to scout this one?” I asked as we quickly approached the meaty part of a comfortable class II on a section of Roanoke’s James River. “Where I come from, we scout these things.”

We didn’t scout it.

From the bow, I flew in blind and limited in my ability to steer while my sternman, Wingman Outfitter co-founder Drew Arney, laughed. “Don’t worry” he comforted me – a confident paddler unused to running rapids blind and thus coming off as an uncomfortable noob – as he effortlessly shot us down the hay barrels with a couple wet, halfway committed, halfway not-so-much hero sidekick-ish draw strokes.

Shooting comfortably out of the rapid, I sat there impressed at the stability and handling of their design.

But I wasn’t surprised.

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Canoe Vibes | Adirondacks Canoe Fishing Trip | Yak Fish TV

Back to Reality: Video Highlight Reel of 100-Mile Adirondacks Expedition

In late April, I made the 24-hour drive to Saranac Lake, New York with professional kayak angler Robert Field and Action Hat founder / kayak fishing YouTuber Rex DeGuzman to meet Kayak Angler Magazine‘s web editor – Ben Duscheney – for our 8-day, 100-mile canoe fishing expedition in the Adirondack Mountains. We called the Northern Forest Canoe Trail between Old Forge and Saranac Lake home for the next eight days, dodging rocks on bigger-than-Texas-sized rapids, fighting aggressive fish, and portaging obnoxious amounts of camp and camera gear.

We also paddled pretty far too.

The trip was a marketing dream with four marketing-minded paddlers chasing rough adventure, big fish, and – most importantly – killer media. It’s a month later and the media is starting to drop. Here is the first of two YakFish TV highlight reels from the trip edited by Rex DeGuzman:

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Savannah, GA: Battling High Tides in Low Country

On Sundays, I go grocery shopping. It’s a dreaded part of my week that I hesitantly grin my way through as I pass through the organic vegetable section and make my way to the Pop Tarts. The wheels on my weathered shopping cart painfully screech past the fresh deli meats and come to an impermanent stop right around the pre-packaged hotdogs and that delicious plastic-looking cheese. Like clockwork, I’m in and out at less than ten minutes, free from suffering through this retail assault for another seven days.

I don’t like shopping and it’s not limited to my domestic necessities. I spent a total of ten minutes shopping for my Old Town Next, my unnecessarily expensive cooler, and my PFD now doubling as a camping pillow. I bought my car after only an hour of browsing internet listings and I buy the same model Sanuks every time the old ones wear thin on the sole.

In a retail culture that is overwhelmed by well-marketed shots at consumer’s self-confidence, I don’t spend much time in retail shops.

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