Wednesday June 11th 2014
Now that the water levels have dropped, there are more shallow spots and sandbars to navigate on the river. When going downstream, you aim for the deepest, fastest water and avoid the slow sandbars. However, when going up stream, the shallows near the bank is the best place to be. Shallow water adds more friction to the boat and can suck the boat down. In order to ‘pop’ the boat up, a different stroke is required: further up front, positive angle, and very quick. This feels like doing just the first half of the stroke, but the stroke rate comes up a lot. The up-front, positive angle helps make the boat lighter, and the quick strokes keep the boat moving along so it doesn’t have a chance to sink down between boats.
As you move up along the shoreline, think about responding to shallow, sucky water with quicker, up-front strokes to pop the boat.
Watch out for rocks!