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Old 09-15-2014   #1
 
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Tube destroyer in the Lower Blue Below Green Mountain!

Last Saturday (9/13) at least two floaters experienced catastrophic tube damage while floating the private property section of the Lower Blue river below Green mountain reservoir. It is believed to be in at least one or more of the first couple diversion dams below the canyon section of the river.
My boat experienced a 3" slice thru the bottom of the left front tube. Looked like a cut made by a utility knife...Another floater had a 4 foot gash thru his outer shell...Flows were ~750 cfs

Beware floating the lower blue!

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Wow! Very bad news. Sorry to hear of this bad situation. What do you suppose it is? Trash, Bad wood, random sharp rock? Did the cut look ripped or sliced? I usually get in there each fall. I have some reservations now...
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I wonder if the property owner put some hazard in there to discourage boating?
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My boat had a definite slice all the way thru the tube. Later on I noticed what looked like a section of box tubing that had been pounded into the riverbed and was sticking up from the bottom about 8-10" right in the center drop of one of the diversion dams...something like this could have done it and it would appear that they are in multiple locations...bummer...
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Thanks for posting LongmontRafter. I am still very sad and heartbroken about the damage to my Aire and my lost rod/reel. My damage is more of a tear/rip not a clean slice/cut. Definitely from one of the first few weirs. Be on the the look out!

I will get my boat fixed and I will continue to float the Lower Blue. Razor wire will need to be stretched across the river before I stop floating it!
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It is believed to be in at least one or more of the first couple diversion dams below the canyon section of the river.
My buddy and I were discussing this today, I don't think the first couple diversions are part of Blue Valley Ranch. They are still private water, but part of the Spring Creek area I believe. Not that it matters, if someone still put up some raft-ripping paraphernalia in the river that really sucks. Anyways, don't go bashing Mr. Jones quite yet, could be some other guy with a vendetta upriver...

Had a friend float through there last weekend and he didn't report anything of the sort...
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Wow, that is a frightening thought that someone would be purposefully sabotaging the river.
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Sounds like a job for American Whitewater.
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We were well within the Blue Valley ranch when I noticed my deflated tube. As much as Danny_750 indicates his damage occurred in the first few Weirs, I think there are a few booby traps in there...fyi
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Question is, what are we gonna do about it? This aggression will not stand, man. And I want to run that stretch soon...
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