Ran the Gorge yesterday with Chris Brobin and Dave, Ben, Shawn, and Andrew. 5 play boats and 1 creeker. Watertalk told us 3500 cfs, although now that I look online, it says 3450. Whatever. It was big. The guage has been acting funny... it even went offline a bit today, so all readings are approx I guess.
For those who are familer with the Gorge and want to know conditions:
You will find yourself boat-scouting the next wave/feature from the top of the wave you are presently cresting. It's pretty much like that the whole trip.
Sunshine: Start left or right., center up for the bottom. Big waves leading to the big hole that you can't avoid and must punch, and then a follow-up hole. the 6 of us shotgunned through yesterday with only one needing to roll so no real worries there. Sledgehammer is BIG! Monster hole at the top, Clarks hole is flushed out, but the drop 40~ feet above it is now a hole that is nearly river wide. (go left). Bird Drop is BAD. Once you enter the Narrows, the waves don't stop until you get just above Corner Pocket around 2-3(?) miles or so downstream. Wallslammer... anything goes. Boat eater... stay right. Big waves/holes just above and Boateater has both a water barrel tumble and a counter-clockwise rotating vortex, very 3-dimensional. Don't go there. At all. Lion's Head is preceeded by several wavetrains and followed by 1/4 mile wavetrain. Lots more to look out for if you run it, but those are the bigger features. The Canon City wave(s) is kicking! The top is a mighty pillow that will surf you all day and spin spin spin fun. Don't catch an edge! The bottom wave is a front surf heaven sent. Plan to play for 30 minutes or more.
"So in two seconds, away we went, a sliding down the river, and it did seem so good to be free again and all by ourselves on the big river and nobody to bother us." -Mark Twain (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn)