Originally Posted by boatmusher
Anyone ever run the Middle Fork of the Salmon at 7'+? Just wondering what I'm getting myself into.
You can sneak almost everything.
Some of the usually mellow stuff actually ends up being being bigger than the others.
Murphs Hole. Mile 1. Very large and scary. Usual run left. There is a sneak on the far, far right.
Hell's Half mile. ( just above Velvet) Very fast and a bit scary through here. There was one rather large hole that almost caught me.
Velvet. Far left run should be in.
Pistol. Very weird in here at this flow. But what else is new it's Pistol.
Ski Jump. Below Marble. Monstrous looking. Still pretty sneakable far left.
Tappans will be almost washed out.
Haystack. Big and fun. Ran further left than I ever had before.
Jack Creek. This one that looks a bit sleeper but has huge waves (flippers) and nearly flipped my boss running a Chewbasca (sp?).
Weber had some of the biggest waves I've seen out there. Still enter left and work right. I saw a couple of flips in here at lower flows. 6.5 or so but I think they wanted to or something. Not Ting up and shit like that.
Redside. Sneak right. Far right. Two feet off of right shore right. The middle is pretty terrifying to look at.
Lower Cliffside. Do not look at the hole. Do not look at the hole. Do not look at the hole. Holy Mother of God, look at the size of that thing. Like the ledge hole in Lava. Still sneak down the left.
Rubber. some of the stuff above Rubber is really big too. We ran pretty far left and it still pushes you to the middle.
Some other stuff below but we were going so fast I couldn't keep track. And nothing looks the same either.
That said. I really doubt you will see 7+. But the difference from 6.5 to 7+ is that you can sneak left at Velvet at the higher flow and you have to tango with the hole at 6.5 hopefully to the left. More important to have right to left momentum at the correct time than to have a left run.
Middle Fork Salmon Snow-Stream Analysis | Idaho NRCS
If you look at this chart. It shows 2003 as the closest to this year snow wise. But the early May temps were below average and then they had a ten day period that were above average to pump it up to the bigger peak.
Temps are on another chart.
This year temps have been warm and we have lost a lot of the mid elevation snow already. Banner SWE ( closest to the mf) is still closely the same 03 to 09, but I don't think it will yield the same peak.
Flowtorch - are you on Stu's permit? See you at Boundary for some party either way.