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J P
08-26-2009, 02:27 PM
Main Salmon river, Idaho last week/weekend. Had a great time. Few things put me in the 'here and now' as spending days on moving water.

12 friends in three inflatable rafts, one cataraft, one inflatable and one hardshell kayak. Nice sunny hot weather. Saw bald eagles, golden eagles, chuckars galore, river otters, mountain sheep, one rattlesnake, a black bear across the river from camp one morning, caught cuthroat, rainbow and bull trout, an immature steelhead, smallmouth bass, squawfish (or watever they call them now), soaked in hotsprings, plenty of cold beer, good food ...

I like this series of shots. Dropping into a pretty good sized hole.

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He lost control of an oar and got surfed around in there but managed to pull out without flipping. Dog and passenger stayed in too.

J P
08-26-2009, 02:36 PM
Ah, refreshing!

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... must stay on line ... keep right ...

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Paul Pless
08-26-2009, 02:43 PM
and one hardshell kayakSmart guy... had the most fun in the water and the guys with rafts could tote his beer for him.:D

J P
08-26-2009, 02:51 PM
The rapids are mostly fairly short class II and III followed by nice big pools. There are plenty of calm stretches and loads of beautiful sandy beaches and immaculate campsites. All pack-in pack-out. Folks are doing a great job keeping this place in good shape. The only micro trash I found was one guitar pick and a couple rubber bands.


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My buddy's little pup is turning into a pretty good boat dog. She'd ride like this through the calm stretches then get down in the boat when things got bumpy. She fell out once.

J P
08-26-2009, 02:54 PM
Smart guy... had the most fun in the water and the guys with rafts could tote his beer for him.:D

yup ;)

J P
08-26-2009, 03:31 PM
Some old ...

Petrographs
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Some new ...

A Cessna 180 coming in over Deadman camp at the Mackay bar airstrip.
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My close-up shot, when it seemed I could reach up and touch the landing gear, didn't come out too good.

There's also some jet boat traffic. When this area became a designated "wilderness" the jet boats and airstrips were grandfathered in.

J P
08-26-2009, 04:00 PM
One of Buckskin Bill's buildings. The "castle".

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And his rowboat.

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Dunno what happened to the thread I had in Misc. Boat Related about Buckskin Bill. I tried to move it to the bilge and turn it into a gun thread but it seems it went to the ghost bilge.
http://www.woodenboat.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2300171&posted=1#post2300171

John B
08-26-2009, 05:43 PM
Wow ,JP.:cool: wow.

Yeadon
08-26-2009, 06:07 PM
I love the shot of all your stuff piled high in the back of the raft, and the raft just about to disappear into the hole. That's huevos.

Paul Pless
08-26-2009, 06:14 PM
i liked the dog photo :)

Bruce Taylor
08-26-2009, 06:23 PM
Stunning! Great scenery, a rich local history, and plenty of fast water: everything a guy could want on a river. :cool:

Good to hear folks are keeping the sites clean.

J P
08-26-2009, 06:53 PM
I love the shot of all your stuff piled high in the back of the raft, and the raft just about to disappear into the hole. That's huevos.

Actually, my stuff, and all my damn beer was on that raft! And sitting watching from the eddie below I thought I was going to be rescuing some of it. It was only day two and 100F-ing deg. out ... "please, no, not the beer".

Mr. D tends to take the 'sporty' lines with his raft. There is an easier line through that drop but he wanted to try to make the moves around the two big holes on the left run since he messed it up last year ... and the year before ... and gee, looks like this year too. :) He was trying to pull around the right shoulder of that hole in the photo.



i liked the dog photo :)

SWIMPAL must have taken 400 pictures of that dog. I may have to ask you to delete that before she sees it. ;)

The Bigfella
08-26-2009, 08:30 PM
Great thread. I dragged my canoe out from under the house the other day and was reminded of some similar trips too many years ago. Time for another trip

C. Ross
08-26-2009, 08:44 PM
Great stuff! Thanks.

John Bell
08-26-2009, 08:47 PM
I did that same trip in '87. Your photos bring back some nice memories. I won a private permit for the Middle fork in 93, more good memories. Both times I paddled kayaks supported by rafts. I'd almost rather row a raft these days. Lately I've been wishing I had the funds to take the kids down one or the the other. There is no better scenery to be found than in central Idaho. Thanks for the pictures.

J P
08-27-2009, 03:00 PM
I did that same trip in '87. Your photos bring back some nice memories. I won a private permit for the Middle fork in 93, more good memories. Both times I paddled kayaks supported by rafts. I'd almost rather row a raft these days. Lately I've been wishing I had the funds to take the kids down one or the the other. There is no better scenery to be found than in central Idaho. Thanks for the pictures.

John, I hope you can make the trip with your kids; theyíd love it Iím sure. We had one 12 year old girl on this trip and sheís come away with stories and memories, some new skills, and an enhanced sense of adventure. At least I like to think so anyway, hard to tell sometimes Ö liíl monsters.

I enjoy rowing a raft too. Itís all good. I do get a little fidgety though when rowing by a nice surf wave. My partner used to kayak in a hardshell but lost interest in the whole Ďbeing upside down in a boat holding your breath and rollingí thing and pretty much gave it up. I set her up in an inflatable kayak for this trip and she had a blast. I might even have a paddling partner again Ö too bad she spent that half day on a raft swilling frosty beverages, nibbling snacks at will, chit-chatting, sunbathing, napping, and jumping off for a swim now and then. :rolleyes:

The commercial trips can get a little spendy but private trips arenít too bad if you have the gear. An option if you donít have the gear, or just for convenience, is to rent all or part of what you need. Blackadar Boating in Salmon is pretty squared away for this and can also set up shuttles or whatever for either river.
http://blackadarboating.com/index.htm

We were hoping to do a jet boat back to the put-in instead of a car shuttle but the water levels got low enough that they could only run their smaller boats which meant more trips/more money for our larger group. For a smaller one or two boat group the jet back is a convenient way to go.

I really like these later season trips on the Main Salmon. Itís not too hard to pick up a canceled permit in mid to late August or just put on in September after the permit season. The weather is usually nice into October, the water is fun, the beach camps just get bigger and there are less people. Forest fires and smoke can be a bummer but the last two years have been good in that regards. Iíd like to do a later trip on the Middle fork sometime too but itís a little more complicated.

David G
08-27-2009, 05:05 PM
Most enjoyable. I rafted over there a bit - years ago. This brought back some nice memories. Thanks.