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Old 09-07-2012   #1
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Main Salmon: What's low water?

Did my first Main Salmon trip this June, launched at Corn Creek, gauge was 4.7, I think. I've read several comments about "low water Salmon" trip. What is considered "low"?

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Old 09-07-2012   #2
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0 feet on the corn creek gauge is low...

Just returned from the Main on Sept. 1st. The water level was just above 0 feet at corn creek (~2900 cfs). Historically (last 7 years) this is about as low as it gets in September.
Still plenty of water IMO...

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You're probably hearing about low water Middle Fork Salmon trips. An often discussed topic.
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The Main Salmon is never too low. Fall is a great time to go. You'll see more wildlife and less jet boats. As lhowemt said.....low water Middle Fork is a whole different subject.
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