Originally Posted by Idahoan
PM me as 11 of my 12 trips down the MFS have been below two feet.
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To the OP: What type of craft are you in? Lower pressure in the tubes was mentioned by Curtis. And that won't change with what you are running. Cats do not excel when it gets really low it seems.
I will add that whenever you get stuck try to imagine a 20 foot sweep boat going through. They do and are often close to eight feet wide too.
You should have somewhere around 600 cfs depending a bit on what happens with the weather. I ran it at about 425 cfs in my 17 foot boat. One boat float, two of us and the dog. No resupply at Indian.
That was a challenge. But it made every other trip with more water (all of them) look better.
Instead of trying to miss all of the rocks, you need to pick which ones to run over. As soft as I run my floor I can take a rock that is out of the water a couple of inches down the middle or at least just inside the tubes without hardly slowing down.
Often you will only have water deep enough to row in for a couple of strokes or less. The timing of those strokes become pretty critical. And lots of oar shipping going on during the lower flows.
Getting you and your passenger ( if you have one) to the furthest downstream point of you boat when stuck is helpful. So in bouncing with that. Add in an oar pry or two....and off you go. Hopefully. If you do end up in that almost inevitable position of being out of the boat and pulling, work together if there are two of you. Count it out, so every pull is together. I have seen decent boaters be absolutely destroyed physically by Trail Flat (mile 7.7). To the point of needing to stop for the day. Good boaters, just never gotten worked in low flow.
Make every pull and push and oar stroke count. Pull at the same time. Rest at the same time.
Team work makes the dream.....