Originally Posted by MtnGuyXC
Just got off the Middle Fork of the Salmon....Awesome trip!....but the highlight of the trip was hiking up & doing several miles of Big Creek. Does anyone have any info on this run? Eddy Flower is very limited on it. Also doesn't Idaho have a boaters forum? What is it?
Here is some info for you. I have seen more rattlesnakes within a couple miles of Big Creek than the rest of the MF combined.
Also Captain Bernard, who was in charge of the command responsible for finding the Sheepeater indians was court-martialed for dereliction of duty ( after the campaign ) due to an incident up on Big Creek. Apparently his sergeant came to find the good Captain at his fishing spot after first contact with the indians. Bernard didn't want to go chase indians cause the fishing was pretty good. He was quoted by the sergeant as saying "Dammit sergeant you cost me a bite. We will leave when I return to camp." He didn't come back till after dark, which peeved his troops a bit. They left the next morning and proceeded on with the mission.
Kind of like when you go boating with non-fisher folk and they just don't get how long it takes to get to camp. Not much fun for rafters to boat with the fishers sometimes I guess.
He ended up with an administrative slap on the wrist from what I can tell for his dereliction.
As far as info on the run, I don't have any. Have hiked up a couple miles and always wanted to go further up just to see it.