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Old 05-16-2008   #1
Boyertown, Pennsylvania
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Main Salmon

I just got a spot on a Main Salmon trip and I need some help in deciding what boat to bring along. I have a LL Vision 56 Bigfoot and a LL Jefe. I'm pretty sure I don't want to bring the Jefe but I feel like if I paddled the 56 for 7 days straight my arms would fall off. What is the Main Salmon like? I was thinking about picking up a Jackson Fun or 4 Fun. I'm 6'4"ish and 185 pounds are there any other boats you guys would recommend? I was thinking about a new Wavesport Fuse as well? Anyone that's paddled the Main Salmon before and has any advice would be great and what do you think it would be like in June this year since I heard that theres a huge snowpack.

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Old 05-16-2008   #2
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I did it last year in a Kingpin the first week of June. I wouldn't worry about your arms falling off... the flat water MOVES. We did something like 30 miles in one day and it felt like it was 10. Expect some big wave trains. Chittam at the end was the biggest and surprised us as it was a step above what we'd experienced so far. We did the jet boat shuttle and I highly recommend it! Let me know if you'd like any specifics. Don't want to bore you with the details.

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Old 05-16-2008   #3
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Launched on June 19th in 2006, water was dropping, had already peaked but still moving. I paddled my Jackson SuperFun, others in the group used similar boats play/run boats. We spent 3 days on the water, took off at Spring Bar the afternoon of day 3 - about 30 miles a day with around 6 hours on the water per day. The flat water was moving and all but eliminated any active flatwater paddling, less that of catching up to the rafts after playing around.

With our group anyone could hop a raft if they were too tired of kayaking or just wanted a turn to row.

Enjoy the trip!
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