Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-18-2014   #41
Big Sky, Montana
Paddling Since: 1995
Join Date: Jun 2011
Posts: 81
Originally Posted by spider View Post
So I should blow through right of middle in my 18' at 3' or so? Sounds like fun.
No. Punch it down the middle. seriously, 3' 18'?

afraid is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-2014   #42
Fishnfowler's Avatar
Cle Elum, Washington
Paddling Since: 1972
Join Date: Apr 2014
Posts: 35
I'm late to the party, but decided to butt-in anyway. I've only got 6 MFS trips under my belt and they range from 2'8" to 7'8". The high water trip was in a GC dory. We had 13 boats that trip, all were very experienced boaters. None of us even considered sneaking, the hydraulics just didn't seem right. One of the guys was an old GC guide and his comment was that it was the biggest hole he ever ran on purpose. Most of the rafts got stuck and surfed right into the wall. We had a few smashed frames and a blown tube. I talked an extra passenger into my boat, took all of my beer and someone elses beer and put them up front. We ran the tongue into the hole dead center and popped through without a worry.

Up to about 5' the sneak is straight forward, above that I would go into it with a plan and not miss any oar strokes. Above 7' I would recommend bowing out and running another river. Up to 5', I also think running the falls is fairly straight forward as long as your boat is pointed downstream.

I see Velvet as something that can sneak up on you, but paying attention to where you are and looking for the rock will get you by. Of the rapids on the river, it seems to be one of the easier ones. There are plenty of places to get into trouble on the MFS. I had more problems at low flows with dodging rocks than moderate water. Personally, I think 4'-5' to be ideal.

Fishnfowler is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-30-2014   #43
Lakewood, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 74
I ran right down the center at 6.5. My boat was super loaded and could not make the pull over. No issue but would have preferred to run left. Running it at 1.7 in august last year I was able to see why.

beanack is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Middle Fork Salmon? rivergod Kayaking | Trip Planner 1 03-29-2005 11:59 AM
Middle Fork Salmon johnbest Kayaking | Trip Planner 1 08-23-2004 11:19 AM
middle fork of the salmon question zbaird Whitewater Kayaking 5 05-21-2004 01:16 AM
Middle Fork Of the Salmon Full_Tilt Whitewater Kayaking 4 05-04-2004 11:46 PM
Middle Fork of the Salmon Strider Whitewater Kayaking 3 03-12-2004 03:30 PM

» Classified Ads
AIRE Tributary 14 SB Blue

posted by Rendezvous River Sports

This raft is used and in good condition. There was a...

14' steel raft trailer

posted by groovy

hand made steel welded. This was a commercial trailer used...

Gott - Rubbermaid coolers

posted by stony2275

I have 3 Gott Rubbermaid coolers for sale. 60 Quart in...

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:57 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.