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Old 02-05-2013   #61
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Main Pre-Season

I ran the Main once in pre-season, launched on June 18th or 19th. Medium water year and the Main had already peaked and was on it's way down when we launched. We were one of two private launches that day - and I didn't see any commercial launches. The river was moving fast and we made good time - launched around 9 am and took out 96 miles later on the afternoon of the 3rd day.

I think you have to reserve your launch date via the same site and there may be a limit to the # of daily launches.

Consider adding additional river miles on the front and back of the trip if time permits and the water level is right. I ran into a group on a Main trip that logged around 200 miles on their Main Salmon trip by launching up near Sunbeam and floating all the way to Riggins.

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Old 02-05-2013   #62
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No for me, yes for my buddy so I guess I get to go....

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Old 02-05-2013   #63
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In order to pick cancellations I think you just need to log into the site often to see if any have been posted. I applied last year and they don't send emails or anything.

In the pre lottery season on the Main, the launches are capped at 99 per day, so essentially unlimited. If you go to and look at the calendar you can see how many permits have been checked out for that day. 92 of 99 for the last day of preseason when I looked this morning.
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Old 02-05-2013   #64
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Old 02-05-2013   #65
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"You're gonna be doin a lot of doobie rolling when youre LIVIN IN A VAN DOWN BY THE RIVER"
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Old 02-05-2013   #66
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Nope- I got the big fat NO as well.

Who are all these people who won permits? Are they too afraid to post for fear they will be inudated with begging?
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Old 02-05-2013   #67
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Yes, that is why most people generally don't post that they won a least is why I don't until I need to fill spots. (and no, I didn't win any this year yet.)
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Old 02-05-2013   #68
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MFS is quite easy to get on

if you have a lot of flexibility on your dates and you can go at a moments notice.

Its a 12 hour drive from here so I'm not so lucky to be able to go at a moments notice. boise and montana folk have it made.

I almost always see cancellations early june at high water above 5' and usually late in July when its around 2' and when people are worried about not having enough water.

I ran an 18' cat from the top at 2.1' ... a lot of "pick your poison" and there was only two places I got "stuck" more than a few seconds. But this was fully loaded I brought everything I wanted.

So pack lighter and give yourself a full two days to make it past Pistol and you are golden down to about 1.7
Hey, if you want me to take a dump in a box and mark it "guaranteed", I will. I got spare time.
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Old 02-05-2013   #69
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I know somebody, who knows somebody, who is a great uncle to somebody who got a permit.
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Old 02-05-2013   #70
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I am fortunate enough to have a friend w a june 1 selway. Yay! And no, i won't recommend anyone for an invite, sorry. The weird thing is that he had this same date last year....

I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye
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