I was not on this trip, I was lucky enough to go the week before while things were still clear. I’ll ask my friends to see but looks like there are some others with first hand knowledge. Probably depends on jet stream and winds.When you were. On the Main was it consistently this Smokey? Trying to figure out if we launch on July 31???
We took off at Carey Creek 7/17. Middle of day 3 the smoke became heavy enough to sting the eyes. Camp was on fire as went by and fire fighters directed us to Gaines Bar for a 26 mile day. Only light smoke when we arrived. Then we could see dense plumes rising from back side of canyon ridge pushed up by wind. Then fire on top of ridge. Then fire at moved down toward us as air cooled and sank. Then it petered out still 1500+ feet above camp in area with little vegetation. Smoke that night was strong as it rolled down the ridge and down the river overall. Got up early and found fire fighters near camp running sprinklers to protect a few historic structures. As we left they were starting back fires. That was the worst of smoke. Remaining days were smoky in morning and increasingly clear in afternoons. All in all a good trip at historic low water levels.When you were. On the Main was it consistently this Smokey? Trying to figure out if we launch on July 31???