What's Up Patrick!
Good to see that you are still at it. I missed you when you came through for the Upper this year, but I got the book, Thanks. You'll have to come down this season for some paddling, our snow is holding pretty well, though we really could use some more. Anyway, I have a pretty good tip/experience that you might like. This happened a couple of years ago on Lime Creek
Lime Creek is a beautiful low volume alpine creek in the San Juans, the window is short so when its running we try to make the most of it. The signature drop on Lime is Adrenaline Falls, a very narrow 25' falls that is not quite vertical and pretty much always sends you deep. This particular day we had a large group of 6. We had all run Adrenaline once and wanted to get another run in on it so we hiked back up to run it a second time. On my second run I did not get my paddle turned parallel to the falls in time. This happens a lot here, generally the paddle snaps in half or pops out of your hand and flushes down behind you. Well on this run it chocked in the rock and stayed there, tightly secured between the walls at the top of the falls. My hand roll failed me, I swam.
It has been my habit to replace the standard carabiner that comes with most tow tethers with a paddle biner, this allows you to rescue and ferry peoples paddles in difficult water without having to do the double paddle carry. In this situation we put the 'biner on the end of a throwbag, tied the gate of the 'biner open with the string from a noseplug, and carefully, fished my paddle out from the slot. It was not easy, took probably 20 minutes, but worked. Just one more reason to have a paddle 'biner with you.