The Lower Salmon, self issue permit, guaranteed. The water should be down and Slide safely runnable. Likely to encounter others, which I see as a bonus on a self-supported trip. Only one fairly large rapid, and 2 others with "must make moves". Very nice trip, but it will be HOT. Did I say HOT, I mean HOT!
Many people do the trip in 5 days, it's like 70 miles with 20 on snake lake, which isn't all that bad as far as current goes.
I am a river, babe - I've got plenty of time, I don't know where I'm going, I'm just following the lines..... - "We are water" by Shaye