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N. Fork Shoshone

We ran the N fork from Wayfarers Chapel to the bridge over the weekend and were amazed at the volume of wood in the river.

The N fork's always got some lumber piled up on the islands, but this is like nothing I've ever seen in the lower 48. Every sand and gravel bar has a massive pile on the upstream side, every eddy is loaded, all the rocks are holding wood.

The river is moving wicked fast and there's a ton of blind bends to deal with and multiple channels, many of which are partially blocked. It is boatable but does require a ton of skill and attention.

Gunbarrel rapid is pretty straightforward and mostly clear of snags, the rock garden is mostly buried, though when the water comes down it's gonna be interesting with all the added wood.

If you go, be sure to bring a pin kit, saw, and hatchet.
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was the streamer bite on? another two weeks and the north fork should be primed.
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It wasn't exactly what I'd call "on", but it's getting there.

The water is still pretty cold for this time of year.
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