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Old 02-22-2015   #1
 
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July middle fork

I won a permit for the 13th of July for middle fork salmon. This will be my first trip and was looking for info. I am planning on putting in at boundary creek will this be ok this late in the season, will be taking out at cache bar I'm planning on 7 nights 8 days one day being a layover if the water level is low does this sound like we will be rushed for time because I really want to take my time and make this a mellow trip. The crew will be around 8-10 people with 4 to 5 boats thanks for any input on this and here's to a great summer.

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You lucky dog!!
The middle of July is my favorite launch, water should be between 2 & 3 ft, maybe a little scratchy on top, but not a prob to make ur 15 miles per day avg for the whole trip. The fishing should be fantastic, & the water temps great!! U may have trouble getting a layover day as the Rangers r in the busiest part of their season & camp avail is tight.
If u need help on any of ur logistics give me a holler!!
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I second the "Lucky Dog" thing. Its an excellent time to launch. JD speaks true. If you need another boat, I'm sure I could sacrifice and help you out.

Have a great trip.
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I was hoping with the low snow pack there will be enough water to launch at boundary creek. Flying in to indian creek it starts to get a little bit more complicated. I may have room for 1 more boat if it was the right person.
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WHITEFISH,
In all seriousness, I don't think you will have anything to worry about. Check out this forecast for central Idaho

Deep mountain snow translates to favorable 2015 whitewater season | Exploring Idaho with Outfitters & Guides

In another thread on this forum, there are many folks who discuss launching from the top in September and the considerations of late season Boundary Creek launches. Seriously do the top 2o miles. Mid July is GOOD TO GO!!!

Now about that additional boat I would stow the groover all week!
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Hey!! JD here again!!
If u can slip in an xtra boat??
Would love to help!!!!!


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You should be golden. Keep in mind though that only if you have 10 or less people, are you allowed to take 7 nights, 8 days.

As an anecdote: the lowest I've ran it was at 2.4 from boundary, in an 18' cat with every luxury possible, plus 2 passengers. I ran lead boat and got stuck once for less then a minute or so. Lucky, probably, because my boat was freakin heavy. But I'd cut my teeth on reading low water from Alaska to the salt, sprinkling in several low water Dolores. Maybe that helped? Not too sure.

Now I go much leaner and meaner in a 14' raft. Floats higher and is way easier to move in the middle aged chapter of my life.

I'm hoping to get on a MF trip too. I keep surfing the rec site...

You'll be just fine.




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July middle fork

[QUOTE=wildh2onriver;388124]You should be golden. Keep in mind though that only if you have 10 or less people, are you allowed to take 7 nights, 8 days.

As an anecdote: the lowest I've ran it was at 2.4 from boundary, in an 18' cat with every luxury possible, plus 2 passengers. I ran lead boat and got stuck once for less then a minute or so. Lucky, probably, because my boat was freakin heavy. But I'd cut my teeth on reading low water from Alaska to the salt, sprinkling in several low water Dolores. Maybe that helped? Not too sure.

Now I go much leaner and meaner in a 14' raft. Floats higher and is way easier to move in the middle aged chapter of my life.

I'm hoping to get on a MF trip too. I keep surfing the
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