Posted by: Big_D on Feb-04-13 5:37 PM (EST)
In my area, the river went from 32 degrees to 52 degrees with the rain. That's more than a couple degrees warm up. It also rose substantially. No risk of flood, but not a level where I'd want to be on it. The ferry quit running for more than a week.
I'm planning to try the ramp at the ferry and going upstream this Spring. I've never been on the river between the ferry and Nolands. I'm eager to give it a go. My motor is slow, but steady. I can make it upstream with a buddy in the canoe at about a fast walking pace. I forgot my GPS when I made the run from Algonkian to the ferry, but based on maps and the time it took, I calculated a rough speed.
I'm looking to get a pole too, to allow me to pole into the big weed mats and cast to the holes while the weeds anchor the boat. More a summer/fall thing. I'm hoping for a good season this year. It's looking like I'm going to have another new job (same company) by then, so keep your fingers crossed. I've been in touch with my raft manufacturer and they gave me suggestions on how to get it into tip top shape. It runs well with a trolling motor, but the up current range is limited. I can get from Landers ramp up to the rock garden below Knoxville Falls, but not all the way to the falls themselves.
- Big D
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