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Old 09-05-2016   #1
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Browns Canyon Question - Oar rig at 450cfs?

I've done Browns Canyon several times for fishing purposes mainly between 8-1200 and never below 600. To those of you who are more familiar with the river at these levels (450 ish) can I still sneak a 13 foot oar rig through there or am I going to be dragging it around and wishing I had done another section? Thank for your input.

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Old 09-05-2016   #2
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It could be done. Might be dragging quite a bit. I'd head down and run the big horn sheeps canyon instead of you are looking for some class 3

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IMO, if you're clever with oars and you know the run you could stay nicely fluid the whole time and its infinitely nicer and more fun than Big Horn Sheep. There were commercial 14'ers in there today.
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Old 09-05-2016   #4
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Sounds reasonable. Appreciate the input, would just be going light and doing some fishing and enjoying the fall weather.
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You should be fine. Iv'e taken my 14' through close to 300, granted there was some low siding and getting stuck.
And hey, it will only make you a better boater!
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Old 09-06-2016   #6
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It's certainly raftable. Pinball (particularly the last maneuver through a tight slot) and maybe somewhere in the Staircase could be the trickiest for an oar rig. Do the stone bridge takeout. Seidels and Twin Falls are cool at low water.

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Old 09-06-2016   #7
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Ya there is still a clean line in there for a 13 footer at 450. Raft ripper becomes the challenge when it's at its lowest flows.
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Old 09-07-2016   #8
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I've seen 14'ers go down as low as 350. Pinball, Stair 5 & 7, and Widowmaker get tricky. Get ready to let air out in Raft Ripper below 430cfs as you'll probably get stuck.

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