This summer we took a canoe trip with our family to the Boundary Waters Canoe area in Minnesota. This was our first time paddling out there. We went in mid August. Now I brought spinning gear and a fly rod but I was wholey unprepared for the toothy critters. Any time I caught a big fish my line was quickly cut, when I did finally start using wire leaders, I never caught anything. I ended up catching 1 small smallmouth and a couple of panfish on the fly, but the area was pretty fantastic and we look forward to going back and hopefully when the fish are a little less dour and I have the right gear.