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First Hatch - Lower Mad

Wednesday Apr 1, 2009
Kayak: Jamie Dolan, Todd Johnstone-Wright, Gregg Punchar, Scott Thompson
Open Canoe: Tony Shaw
Organizer: Tony Shaw
Difficulty: intermediate WW
Level: medium low
Gauge (ft): 3.80
Gauge (cfs): 565
USGS Gauge Name/Link: Moretown
Author: Tony Shaw

To run the upper Mad (the scheduled trip) we would have needed twice as much water as was flowing in the Mad today. The lower Mad, then, was a good alternative. The level held steady, low but purrrfectly fluid, with temps in the lower 40's and spotty drizzle that didn't spoil the fun at all. Some of the surf waves are especially inviting at this level. We apparently were the missing ingredient that triggered a bug hatch half-way through the run - a sure sign that spring has sprung.

Nobody wanted to test the stickiness of the hole below the horseshoe on river right, but all the runs to the left of the island were clean. At the last rapid around an island we all ran right, but the passage to the left is free of any riverwide obstructions if you want to give that a try.

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