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Old 09-06-2012   #1
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Rio Grande flows pilar area?

Anyone have a lil beta on min flow required to float the rio grande jus south of Taos. Pilar area? Looking to meet up wit some of my albaqu bros early oct to show em a good time. Any beta would be great thnx

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Old 09-06-2012   #2
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What kind of boat? I would assume kayak... I ran it with a couple NM locals and another BV paddler on Labor Day at 185ish and had a good time. It was elf boating with a couple spots that no matter where you go you will scrape...but there are some good boofs and splats and lots of cool stuff to look at. I would imagine you could get down it a little bit lower then we did (currently 171) without any problems.

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Old 09-07-2012   #3
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Tryn to raft and fish with a buddy, that sounds low, though I feel like last time I was down there in nov it looked floatable. Thanks for info.
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Old 09-07-2012   #4
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Some companies will commercially run the Race Course with a 4 load down to like 140... so I know it can be done!
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Old 09-08-2012   #5
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yup,it's possible. theres still a few commercials going out... big river and the Taos companies. they prolly will til october...
I took six loads in 13' achilles down for a whole summer down to 150cfs back in....umm, 2000. I wouldn't call it fun. let's just say it was character building. we didnt have any smaller boats then.and the boss (still doesn't) believe in loading a raft optimally.just maximally.... :/
Obviously, the smaller the craft, the easier it will be. R2ing a really small raft would be fairly painless if you know the lines. you will get stuck like 500,000 times in 5 miles if you didn't. and only half that if you do know the lines.

I did it with Logan, Glenn & Scott last week in tupperware and we still found that it floated fine if your expectations aren't too high.
and you have beer.
I have lots of splat rocks and channels to stern squirt in and flip over without concussing myself, but now its dropped even lower . the pool below souse hole is still plenty deep for rolls.... the waters warm... beats a swift kick in the pants...

But.....since you're asking about rafting I'd say just skip the RC (and the fishing) ... and go float the day section of the Rio Chama....600cfs is nice...and its supposed to stay at 600 for sep/oct.... there is actually more to the rapids at medium flow then higher. the chama is virtually featureless at 1000.its still class II(-III) but at least there is water. the good fishing is prolly over in farmington on the san juan. but i am pretty ignant on the fishing side of things so thats all I could tell you.
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Old 09-09-2012   #6
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Sweet thanks folks

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