Originally Posted by mr. compassionate
I did this section last year when at 3800 and took three guys who had never rowed a boat before. I let all three row the whole thing with no problem-maybe the picked up a little quicker than the average but I wouldn't be concerned. Eye of the needle is under water several feet at this level and so is the hot spring-bummer! Just keep it straight and enjoy the wave trains. I have no idea what people are talking about when they mentions raft flipper at Yarmony. Did not even notice this on my trip down.
In '96 I let a supposedly experienced dude row my boat thru Yarmony at 6k plus. He flipped us. The big rock in the middle of Yarmony gets a huge lateral that creates a big hole that flips supposedly experienced dudes. Just keep your stern hugging the left shoreline, your bow will pretty much hang over the edge of the hole, you will keep pulling back, back, back, it's not even hard to pull back, you just have to do it! As soon as you let your jaw drop, and forget to row, while you're saying "Oh wow, man, look at the size of that ho............", you'll go straight down into the hole and flip let over right sooner than you can say "......ole". The water is cold, too.