As a follow-up, rowed Hell's Cy, had a blast with the original guy who was supposed to go after he came free last second. Great weather, super fishing, and a much-needed opportunity to make mistakes, figure them out, and fall in love with rowing (always paddle rafted, kayaked).
Now I need a March trip as a final tune-up prior to my Grand trip. Owyhee? Rogue? Hell's again?
Have a few months to ski and sort out those details. Thanks for pitching in!