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If anyone wants to float the New Saturday, please let me know. My wife son, puppy, and I are going down on the raft and we have a couple friends going on kayaks. I’d have space for 1 person on my raft or could follow along with your own raft or yak.
I’d really like to have someone go with experience on Grassy Shoals and Quinnimont. Ive heard conflicting reports on how to navigate these. Gonna take our time, fish some, goof off some. Weather is gonna be perfect and flows should be good as well.
Feel free to drop me a PM or just reply to this thread.

Oh yeah, free beer to a rower! Haha, hint for Tony!

Thanks,

Kevin

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I will likely have the raft out but I'm not sure what section we will be doing until closer to the end of the week.  If we do that section I'd gladly let you follow me through those rapids.  I've been hitting them a lot lately and I've finally figured out the best line with the least amount of effort.  I've always taken the correct lines but at the beginning I really had to put some effort into it to stay out of the hole at Grassy Shoals.

If I don't go, just remember to go to the left where the island splits.  After you make your move left, stay to the right side and hug the left side of the island tight for Grassy Shoals.  The current isn't as powerful and you stay to the right of the hole.  I keep my nose pointed left and my rear end pointed towards the island and give a few back strokes to stay on my line (which means I go down it sideways but it's smooth).  It's easy. 

For Quinnimont, just stay towards the left but you don't have to stay far left, anything left of center is good.  Then as you go into the turn, ride the wave train and have fun.  By that time you are past the rocks.  As long as you line up early for both, you will use minimum effort.  I've learned this from my short experience.  

I ran this section this past Saturday and was impressed with myself how efficient I've become going through both.  Grassy Shoals was booming Saturday and that hole looked angry but we slid right by.
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Grassy is fun!
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I need to just hit the hole sometime when the water is lower to start gaining confidence hitting rapids.  My favorite rapid right now is Silo.  It's easy to get in the wave train and stay away from the hole.
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I don't think I'll be able to coordinate with you. I have a friend coming in that I will be entertaining for the day and showing them around.
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I don't think I'll be able to coordinate with you. I have a friend coming in that I will be entertaining for the day and showing them around.

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Well the trip was a lot of fun! NRF had great tips on the class III and they went pretty smooth. Did have one of our Kayaks flip at Grassy Shoals, but she hit the big hole in the middle. We managed to catch one that was 16-17 , which isn’t a bruiser, but best so far!
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Well the trip was a lot of fun! NRF had great tips on the class III and they went pretty smooth. Did have one of our Kayaks flip at Grassy Shoals, but she hit the big hole in the middle. We managed to catch one that was 16-17 , which isn’t a bruiser, but best so far!


Glad you had a great time!  I'd be proud of a 17" smallie.
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