I am jealous that you managed the whole El Vado to Big Eddy run so early! My wife and I did the Chavez Canyon to Big Eddy section this past Saturday (4/12) and had the river to ourselves at approx. 1200-1300cfs.
It probably helps that it was snowing sideways and in the mid 30s on Friday when we drove up to scout from the road on Friday(we are pretty new at this stuff). We stayed in Abiquiu on Friday night and hit the river at 11:30 on Saturday (hoping it would get into the 50s).
The run was uneventful and we had a blast. Much faster than the other time we ran it last September (approx 650cfs), but not really to much harder. We took the chicken lines on Gauging Station and screaming left, but given the air and water temp it seemed prudent.
The Chama River valley is such a beautiful place and is only a slightly longer drive for us than Pilar and standard easy fare on the Rio Grande. We definitely plan to hit it a bunch more times this paddling season, including a mid week trip on the wild and scenic a little later on.
If our pictures look worth posting I will try and add some later this week. I fear that the ones showing me in my wetsuit might blind the unprepared.
Los Alamos, NM