Originally Posted by Bigdrops
The low water run is on the left. Satan's gut is feature of bd#3 in very high water. One should be scouting from Satan's gut (river left) which is high and dry in low water.
I should preface that I don't buy into the idea of each rapid having a "run", its a bit of a pet peeve. (I think it devalues the importance of reading the water you see in the moment. I have seen far too many people get wrapped up in a described run and ignore the nuance of the water they see).
There is a right run at low water. We ran right the first time because that is what they had previously done (my first time on oars). Its a snarly little series of moves. There is a razor rock that rooster tails a nasty little feature (at around 7k if I remember right) near the tail end. I worked harder on that run then I do on the left run now and there is a pucker factor. Left is my preferred run at low water but that mid-river rock island definitely eats a few boats a year and the right run completely bypasses that possibility.
Left slot = much easier but worse penalty box
Right slot (been 6 years) = significantly harder but consequences and run out are better if you miss your line
Like I said I prefer the left run but I can understand why someone would choose to go right. That view from the left scout is one of the most classic places in whitewater rafting in my opinion. Contemplating "Satan's Gut" from the exposure of low water features never fails to mess up my stomach for hours.