The Middle Fork Permit Game
I just picked up a 9/25 launch date on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. I would prefer an earlier date, even 9/16. Probably a group of canoes. Yes, I have canoed the Main Salmon in September.
My question is how to play the permit game to get a better date. I assume that we can and should put in for the lottery, but we know that the lottery is a bit of a long shot. How can I pick up a better date? Is it just check every day, 10 times a day? I understand that cancellations in the Aug 15-Sept 15 are not reissued after March 15th, but thinking that maybe somebody who wins the lottery might cancel a post-season launch date....
Thanks to all who commented on my earlier post about low water on the Middle Fork.