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Old 03-07-2013   #31
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Good thread. I have a similar situation on Sept. 9 MF with my brother and my Dad whose boat seems to have some sort of built in rock magnet on the underside of his boat. I was going to have them to some low water laps on SF Staircase. I like the upper Salmon idea, to get the shallow water feel.

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Old 03-08-2013   #32
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I think mid july vs early September is completely different level of complexity

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Old 03-08-2013   #33
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Most of the places that get you during low water are not even named rapids (with the exception of a few). An unloaded cat is no big deal, especially if he's following someone knowledgeable.

If your really worried, go on face book and find Middle Fork of the Salmon River Guiding Professionals. These kids are running 22' loaded sweep boats and drift boats at super low levels, and the good ones rarely park. Find out who's deadheading that day, or just chat them up on their page. They love talking about low water lines.

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