Originally Posted by screamingeagle
We stopped and looked at Black Creek.
I talked to a guide, later in the trip, who said "we ALWAYS look at Black Creek". I guess it's considered still to be evolving.
I almost went left, but then noticed a rock sticking up out of the water right in the middle of the line. It looked like it could potentially rip your floor since you would be going really fast at that point. It was right in the middle and would have been hard to avoid.
When I ran it last September (a little below 4Kcfs at Whitebird), that rock was there (in the middle of the left side) but there still seemed to be a lot of water going over it. We watched another trip, who didn't bother scouting, and most of them just went right over it, without mishap.
I (more or less inadvertently) did whatever you call that move where you pull out of the tongue right after the entry, and as the slack water catches your stern,it pivots the boat around. So I ran right of the rock. Nice run, for which I take little credit
As an aside, at those flows, I thought the most potentially dangerous thing on the river was Bailey, where (as RiverMaps book says) a big hole forms at the bottom of the tongue at fairly specific flows. We didn't scout, but fortunately, as our lead boat tried to sneak on the right, he got stuck in the rocks, so we did an accidental scout and saw the hole. I did a very similar move to what I described above for Black Creek, and it worked out nicely. Probably not really a big enough hole to flip if you hit it square though, especially as fast as you'd be going at that point.