Originally Posted by idahofloater
If your checking the lowel gage then your getting both the selway and lochsa flow combined. So, really your getting the flow reading for the middle fork of the clearwater. The olny gage that I use is the one painted on the north pilar on the bridge at 3 rivers. Its listed in feet not cfs. I feel that you need 1.5 feet or higher. July will be -2 feet.
This is incorrect. There are two gauges (both online), one for the Lochsa, and one for the Selway. Neither one combines the flow so they are both good measures of each river's flow. There is a rough conversion chart (actually two) to take you from cfs to bridge gauge feet (don't use the online gauge feet).
If you're not used to the Lochsa, I don't recommend going below 2' (roughly 3500 cfs) because it gets pretty tricky through a few spots. If you love technical rocky rivers, you might like it. The typical Lochsa is considered to come in around 4' (8000 cfs). Between those levels it is a pretty tame river, lacking in power but still with some moves to make.
If you are not familiar with the upper section I recommend you start out on the lower, launch at Fish cr and take out at 3 options downstream - Split Cr, Bimerick/110, or Knife Edge. Split has a huge staircase and is not used too often with oar rigs.
On the question of whether or not it will be flowing, that's anybody's guess. It's still pretty cold, with snow building up (replacing our big loss in April) so we're at a normal snowpack for this time of year. Add in the rain, and who knows what it will do. But petering out is the norm, although we could get one last blast with a really warm spell (I hope).