Originally Posted by leo_amore
Great to hear you had a fun trip, I have enjoyed your posts running up to this and look forward to our own upcoming SJ trip...even though it appeared to be a mostly successful Gov't run I agree with CD...a crusty old Maine river guide (he won't consider himself crusty yet though!) gave me the best piece of advice about river boating I have yet to receive "Face your danger...back away". It doesn't work everywhere, but has served me well through my first few years of trying to figure this out on my own. Good luck on all future trips and I look forward to more of your TR's!
I got the same advice when I first started rowing...... pull away from danger. I spent my first summer perfecting this technique. Then some seasoned (crusty?) river guides on the Main Salmon taught me how to add a decent forward push and good ferry angles into my game. Now it's all a matter of knowing when to use each stroke to my advantage. One thing my guide friends told me...... you need to either be going faster than the current (pushing hard) or slower than the current (pulling back hard) to maintain control. Staying neutral to the current will get you in trouble.
Looks like you had a blast. LOVE the pool toy duckie. I'm trying out a AAA flip seat bracket on my Cat this year. Sure hope I like it better than you liked that DRE flip seat. The flip seat bracket isn't quite as high.