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After spending the early morning scouting and setting up shuttles, BSA Troop 384, of Athens, WV, and most of their parents, pulled out from Cass, WV around 1045hrs. The water level was lower than some trips I've taken on the Greenbrier during May, but, just a little higher than one or two.
The first little riffle pretty much set the stage for the rest of the trip. The only boat that had any problems with the low water level was an old Smokercraft aluminum canoe that had made the same trip about 10 times in previous years. The aluminum grabbed the rocks and held on, causing the rear paddler to use the legs extended method to negotiate some of the riffles. The rest of the canoes and kayaks just slid on over them, without much trouble.
The fishing was not as good as in previous years, probably due in part to the lower water and the smallies may have started to already spawn. Plenty of nice sized fish were seen, along with a few deer, and an eagle.
Not much to say about this trip except it was very uneventful. No one in the group turned over or made any real technical mistakes, although, we saw another group manage to go into a rock at warp speed, and flip a canoe end over end. I really did not think it was possible on such a slow moving stream, but it was very impressive to some of the boys, and made them give the lonely rock a wide berth.
We pulled in to Clover Lick about 4 hours later, and all agreed that the day could not have been better, weather wise. Everyone had a good time and wants to do it again when the water is just a little higher.
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