First time down, I would stick with the lower half of the run in by hiking in from Peterson Lake. In my opinion, it is a touch easier. Take your time and scout. I would also take some time to hike up the Big South trail from the parking lot to check out where the take out is. The take out is approximately a quarter mile up the trail from the parking lot where you see a nasty river wide strainer. Apparently you can portage this and boat down to curtain call, but we have always taken out at the strainer. Have fun, it is an awesome run.