Originally Posted by BarryDingle
Better ask Carvediggy about this.
Just got off it last week. I love Idaho.
The Middle Fork in August sucks. Idaho sucks. The whitewater will be gone.
Seriously. Any time is a great time to be on the Fork. Hope you make it.
These are on the MF last fall ( end of August at around 1.8 or so if I remember right).
A good look at Velvet and the bottom of the middle section of Powerhouse.
Idahorivertime: October 2008
I don't really consider anything class 4 in August on the Middle Fork. Maybe the new rapid at Cove Creek. I didn't see that until it was lower in late September last year. And it was initimidating looking then but I would rate it then as class 3+.
Of course everything could be a 3 until you rap.
There are lots of little things that come out as the flow drops. Most of the bigger ones become easier.
Murph's hole becomes a non-issue, but Dora's Rock ( around mile 1.5 or 2 ) has rap potential. Sulphur Slide and The Chutes both become tougher at low flows with more danger of getting ramped on rocks than rapped ( but it can be done). Other things like Ping Pong, entrance to Hell's the little rock garden above the Chutes - stuff like that can kick your butt if overloaded. After you finish going past the wall at Powerhouse you may think you are done and then go around the corner and find two boats rapped on a dory on the rock just off of river left. That happened to me in August one trip.
Lake Creek will be worth a look. You should be able to run the hole just fine at that flow.
Heed advice about soft boats, soft floors.
How many boats? How many people? How many days?
If you have the budget I would seriously consider a flyin of gear to Indian Creek. I have done it a couple of times and wow, does that make getting off the top easier. It can help make the experience easier for you which = easier for the kids. I would be happy to help to give you some more ideas if you want to consider the fly in gear option.
The fly fishing should be awesomely epic. Bring extra stuff. If you only do the three day out of state license do it for three days in the middle. Like day 3, 4, 5. Some of the best fishing in there.
Jealous. I won't get a chance until September.
PM if you like.
Great meeting you out there Stu. Looks like you had better weather for the Main. Let's do it again next year.