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Old 06-03-2011   #11
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June 30th here. Can't wait

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Old 06-03-2011   #12
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June 30th here. Can't wait
OK well now we just need a July 1st and we are set.

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Old 06-03-2011   #13
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Originally Posted by fiya79 View Post
bigger than murtaugh at 20k?

6' lochsa big?

bigger than staricase at 15K?

bigger than main salmon at 6'?

what is big?
mm I have never done any of those. I have done the Middle fork, parts of the snake not hells though. CLackamas and a few others. I am in no way an expert. Although I love rafting I love the fishing more. I have a bad filling about this trip though. I think the water will be too high.

On the upside I am a adrenaline freak. I went down the Middle fork last year an was worried ?? I would float that thing in my 9' toon. Don't get me wrong loved the trip. Best one in my life. Anyways it sound like this river is going to be huge. I am an information freak so I like to do as much as I can, to find out as much as I can. Thanks for all the info.
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Old 06-03-2011   #14
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I've only done two complete trips and one where I decided to fly out at Moose. The trip at 3.5 was challenging, but very fun and not too stressful. At 6' it was very big but doable as I followed a very experienced Selway veteran, and ran it conservatively.

At 7.5 the river was the most consequential run I had ever seen--personally. We only had two boats and the other boatman was not in shape and healthy enough for a potentially long swim below Moose. Not a safe scenario for all of us. I watched two of six boats flip at Double Drop with swimmers on both sides resulting in folks hiking the trail for many miles to camp. One of the boats ended up being pulled over on the Clearwater below Selway Falls.

Flying out at the guard station with the class 5 portage was the right decision for our group I really believe. The two trips after were amazing--I will be back up there.
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Old 06-03-2011   #15
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going here in six days!
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Old 06-03-2011   #16
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I had a June 8th......and cancelled it today if anyone is willing to run the Selway at over 25k at Lowell. It's hovering around 5' and temps will be warmer this weekend....projected flows for next week are well over 20k and possibly approaching 30k at Lowell......
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Old 06-04-2011   #17
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^^^Somebody should hop on that. Did it at somewhere around 30k at Lowell probably 10 years ago. It is a kick in the pants and highly recommended, only took us 4 hours top to bottom on the river. Tons of people flying and hiking out at Moose, mostly all round boaters. I personally wouldn't take a raft at that flow but cats or kayaks are game on.

As far as comparisons with the Lochsa, I have guided on both and done both at most flows from peak to low water and believe the Selway is a step up. IE, You want to be having fun on the Upper Lochsa at high water and not gripped to feel comfortable running the Selway at similar flows.

As for the July launch, can't imagine high water will still be a worry by then but who knows? What a great/strange water year!
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Old 06-05-2011   #18
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would love a TR from anyone this year.
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Old 06-06-2011   #19
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Pearen just got off it(twice),maybe he can comment
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Old 06-06-2011   #20
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Anyone that boats this water is a luckY bastard and I hate you...

Be safe!

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