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Old 08-08-2012   #1
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Middle Fork Flathead

Looking at doing a trip from Schafer Meadows down this weekend. Does anyone know what minimum flows would be for small rafts and duckies? The gauge is reading 1700 cfs but this seems like barometer. Let me know

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Old 08-08-2012   #2
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You can do it super low, the rapids just aren't super exciting but the fishing is.
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Old 08-08-2012   #3
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Better for ducky. Very rocky and narrow for rafts.
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Old 08-08-2012   #4
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Bear Creek to Paola will be a bit bony.

Ran the main whitewater section from Kootenai to West Glacier on Monday night. Tunnel is still a nice Class II wavetrain, Bonecrusher is a fluffy hole, there's a boofable ledge hole at the big squeeze above Jaws, and everything else is clear water and easy.

Bring a fishing pole or snorkel/mask.
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Old 08-09-2012   #5
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Happened a couple weeks ago.

Canadian kayaker drowns in Middle Fork Flathead River
If you lean over to watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly know everything there is to be known. Winnie the Pooh
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