Fun was had by one and all. 5200 cfs.
Now for the trip report: Big and pushy. Some of the features are washed out, like ALL of Pumphouse. Lots of combat rolls and a hell of a lot of fun. TONS of wood on the move. End of Trip Report.
Okay, a little more:
6 kayak total: 3 playboats, 3 creekers.
2 swims due to sunshine, 1 of each boat type. To their credit, one of the guys ran the Gorge three times today and the other guy ran it at least twice. ---Some excuse about being tired....
Both swimmers out of the water in Grateful Dead Rapid.
All gear recovered at various locations and sides of the river.
The Narrows was nice and big. I managed to NOT flip in that big hydrolic that seems to flip every other kayak and kick you into the river-left wall. Instead it just pushed me against the river-left wall into a micro eddy. As I was thinking how cool it was to at least not be upside-down, the eddy I was in instantly became a whirlpool and sucked be straight down and I was upside-down anyway! Bastard! Ha-ha! Even the kayaker behind me commented later on how I seemed to be "good-to-go" only to watch me suddenly disappear under the water. When I rolled up, I was fully back in the current. Interesting line, indeed.
Even with the swims and recovery time, less than 1-1/2 hour to Canon City Dam wave.
The Lower Canon City Dam Wave is quite wonderful although you have to actually use your paddle to enter it at this level. Once you are on it, you can easily spin both directions and you can hold a front surf and a back surf without even trying. A very high pile will hold you on the wave until your arms fall off. Anyone with real play boating skills will have to post on what else is possible in that big pile.
The Upper Wave at the dam is best avoided. It's twin is located above Sledgehammer's top drop on the right. Enough said.