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Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:09 am

So this weekend is calling for a little extra H2o in them hills. Anyone interested in getting out and running up a local river?

If the Snoqualmie gets over 6 to 7k at the powerhouse I am pretty sure that I am going that direction so I can see if I am able to make it too the pool below the falls or vultures nest.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:06 am

Its over. Anyone? Beuhler?
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby Riverjohn » Sat Oct 31, 2015 10:54 am

Where do you put in at for running these?
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Sat Oct 31, 2015 1:34 pm

Just got back. Put in down at the launch out of fall city. Made it too the power house but not the actual pool below the falls. Way to much wood and debris.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:16 pm

My sister took a few photos and a video clip before getting too scared. Water level was around 20k, major concern was not rapids as much as debris. Having done plenty of flood boating in kayaks I would have preferred to run the drop not rise and peak but schedules did not allow. Ill see if I can get a video or pic up later if anyone cares, prolly not.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Sun Nov 01, 2015 11:20 pm

Oh yea, we did loose power towards the end. Stomp grate goes in next week. Well so long as Claude gets er done.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby wellzy » Mon Nov 02, 2015 10:07 am

Water looked good today as I drove over the 522 bridge... Let's see some video :Drink:
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Mon Nov 02, 2015 11:00 am

Unfortunately my sister has a terrible phone and apparently it is set on the lowest possible quality. Here is what she took. Sorry, its all I got, I don't do the whole facebook, record every moment #like #crap. Kinda wish I did now though...lol



Here is a short map of the route we took.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby Unlimited » Tue Nov 03, 2015 2:57 am

not trying to be a backseat driver but what RPM are you running around at in that video? sounds like you are running pretty hard and not leaving much throttle for reserve? But it could be the sound quality....
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Tue Nov 03, 2015 11:02 am

I don't mind at all, in fact I am so new to this that I pretty much figure most of what I am doing is probably either in poor form or just leaving massive room for improvement.

So in the video the RPM was around 3500 to 4000 depending on the portion of the clip. 4600 is my max and a good amount of torque kicks in around 4200 to 4600 so there was a good amount more but I agree, looking back I was running pretty hard. The reasoning I had for that was really due to one factor. When I launched the boat the water was moving around 20mph (my guess) I was at around 2800 to 3300 on plane and not moving much at all when we started which was the first indicator that the river was running much faster than I was used to. The reason I chose not to kind of take it slow was the debris and wood. In the first 20 minutes or so I was picking up debris and hearing it pull through the jet every few seconds but when I got up over 3500 RPM moving at a good pace i wasn't hearing the jet chew debris as much and I felt like I was less likely to pull something in.

As it turns out about 10 minutes before that video clip I decided to slow down quite a bit higher up river since we were literally launching over waves and took a few hard hits, so I backed it down a little bit and within seconds I had pulled something in and started cavitating, luckily we were able to put the back into the flow and clear it out before hitting a sizable hole down by Plums Landing but still it had the heart pounding so the rest of the time I was using more throttle than I wanted to keep moving a bit faster than debris could pass under the boat.

That is my thoughts at least, I don't know if there is much validity to my theory I just know that by chance or not when we slowed down we consistently started pumping more and more trash and picking up cavitation.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby cruiser » Tue Nov 10, 2015 7:31 pm

Hey prof, you got a really nice boat. But your van in so crazy cool! I Really dig 4x4 vans.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby FlyLow » Tue Nov 10, 2015 9:33 pm

Lol, your sisters comments.

Looks like a ton of fun. They're made to beat on, nothing like using some R's. :Drink:
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Tue Nov 10, 2015 10:50 pm

The van is a mule, it actually has about 28 inches of articulation

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Now how bout we go run a river? Did I mention, I love getting stuck!!
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby cruiser » Mon Nov 16, 2015 9:28 pm

Every year I take my family to Winthrop via hwy 20. Each time I look at the skagit and am dying to drop my boat in there to see it all from the water.
I've got an 03 E350 7.3 diesel in my driveway. And a transfer case and front diff sitting in my shop. I actually sold the project 2 1/2 years ago to a guy and he never picked it up. I got a mind to finish it and use it.
But seriously I'd love to come down there and do some boating with you. I'm only couple hrs away. My own mini boat still under construction but big boat ready to have new motor dropped in, maybe this weekend.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby Sakko300wsm » Tue Nov 17, 2015 8:40 am

That upper skagit run to new halem is great!! Sweet water!
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:00 am

I launched at Rockport and went up to Newhalem a while back, I don't think I will do that again after talking with a WDFW enforcement officer that was hanging out in Rockport when I got back. River rules are often hard to figure out and this has been my recent methods.

1. I fish alot so first I check the WDFW regs. Not looking for Fishing from a vessel but specifically "Internal combustion motors prohibited". I know some people think that the WDFW has no authority or real jurisdiction for non-fishing/hunting matters but since I hunt and fish and the local officer assured me he was making a note on my profile, that I had been warned and if it happened again a fine would go out and then privileges could be suspended. Will it happen, not sure but I don't want to find out. The Regs are clear that no internal combustion motors can be used upstream of the Marblemount Cascade Bridge.
2. I check the local county website for boating \ rules of the river
3. I check the DNR or BLM rules if the river/reach falls in federal zones
4. I check the Local City Website if the matter is really unclear.
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby Sakko300wsm » Tue Nov 17, 2015 3:39 pm

I do believe non combustion engine rules are June 1 thru Jan 31 on the upper skagit, have ran it multible times without any problems
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Tue Nov 17, 2015 11:26 pm

Second look at the regs would indeed lend credence to your claim. Guess I was hasty in charging up there when I got my boat back this Oct..... Lol
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby Sakko300wsm » Wed Nov 18, 2015 7:01 am

It's better conditions up there then anyhow -better flows and less rafters. When i get my new boat done I'll be up for some runs for sure!
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Re: Skykomish / Snoqualmie

Postby da prof » Sat Dec 05, 2015 12:16 am

Going out for eagle float if anyone's interested. This weekend and next sky, then skagit.
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