Originally Posted by lmyers
First one has a great eddy. Phil cut out the left side of the second one, but the right side of the island still had a single neck high strand that was tough to see. After the first fence is a low bridge, very soon after that is the second fence. The third one is down a mile or two. It was in the water in the center of the channel at 700 cfs, at 500 it might be a real issue, although it shouldn't be super tough to portage if necessary.
4 fences total. First two were pretty easy to see, and were close enough together to just do one longish portage.
Third one, the neck high strand you mentioned, I didn't see until it was @ 20 feet in front of me. Moving fast right there--too late to do anything but try to limbo it while pushing it over my head. Ended up flipping, too shallow to roll up, bumpy swim.
In hindsight, I'd tell anyone doing this run to just keep walking from the first fence until they pass that third one.
Last one was ~1/4 mile up from the lake, 4-5 strands of rusty barbed wire right at water level.
Feels so fooked that they can string wire across a river, then leave it untended and unmarked (more or less) in perpetuity.
Beautiful scenery and the upper bouldery stuff was fun, but the fences removed the overall enjoyment of that stretch for me.
Redemption came with a sunset blast down the Upper. So fun at this level.
Thanks to all, for all the beta.