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Old 11-02-2012   #1
 
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Anyone paddling western Montana with the nice flows these days?

Montana doesn't usually get a late fall season, but we've had a relatively decent amount of moisture and fairly warm temperatures.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead is running 3,100cfs and steady.

The Swan is moving up past 3'. I drove up the Swan last night and it was raining.

The Alberton Gorge is at 4,200 and dropping slowly.






I had already put my boats and gear away for the winter, but I'm going to drag my playboat out for a run on the MF on Sunday morning, and maybe get my arm twisted into a Swan run on Saturday afternoon.

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Lochsa was at 4,100 Tuesday and super fun. What's the swan look like at 900 cfs? I think about bankfull is the lowest I have even been up there.
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Lochsa was at 4,100 Tuesday and super fun.
Did you actually go?
I hate you!

I ran it in April at 3,200cfs and it is fun at lower flows.


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What's the swan look like at 900 cfs? I think about bankfull is the lowest I have even been up there
I've only ever run it once--at 3.4'/~1,500cfs (including the powerhouse release). It was a bit bony.
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I'll be in the Whitefish area on Sunday, are you still thinking about a MF run?
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I'll be in the Whitefish area on Sunday, are you still thinking about a MF run?
Absolutely!

Thinking 10am at the Belton Bridge take-out. I'll PM you my cell #.
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Montana doesn't usually get a late fall season, but we've had a relatively decent amount of moisture and fairly warm temperatures.

The Middle Fork of the Flathead is running 3,100cfs and steady.

The Swan is moving up past 3'. I drove up the Swan last night and it was raining.

The Alberton Gorge is at 4,200 and dropping slowly.

I had already put my boats and gear away for the winter, but I'm going to drag my playboat out for a run on the MF on Sunday morning, and maybe get my arm twisted into a Swan run on Saturday afternoon.
What? We boat year round, the gorge as long as it's not frozen (often 2 months or so) otherwise beartrap is pretty much always in. Bummed i had to work tues and couldn't get to the lochsa.

Running the gorge sun.
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What? We boat year round, the gorge as long as it's not frozen (often 2 months or so) otherwise beartrap is pretty much always in.
How frequently?

I've never gotten excited about boating a bony river just to say I was on the river. I'd rather have hit a partially frozen lake in my sea kayak or gone skiing.

This year I'm just not feelin' the snow, and want more river time!
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This year I'm just not feelin' the snow, and want more river time!
Then the Kootanai is your ticket. Love that river!
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It just depends, whenever our schedules work. Neither of those are ever boney. I love the gorge in the winter best, amazingly it has a wilderness feel if you disregard the bridges. Lots of wildlife, solitude, totally different than in the summer. And fang is usually a great surf!
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TheFlophouse, we're going to meet at the Belton bridge at ~noon. I PM'ed you my cell # on Friday.
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