Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Bulls Bridge infomation moving to it's own blog

So that the information is easier to find, and stays organized (at least organized by whitewater boating standards), Bulls Bridge information will move to it's own blog at the following address:


At the top of the home page of that new blog are the following links to help people make informed decisions about the level and the choice to drive to the river. 

My own correlations made in this current blog

Raw data from USGS with realtime flow 

Correlations from AW website and other sources

Monday, March 27, 2017

Ten Mile is up, Bulls delayed

The rain made the Ten Mile river come up, which is what you see on the Gaylordsville guage.   Bulls Bridge will probably come up a bit over night.   Not sure how much.  These images were captured at 1:15 pm today.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Spring is starting to appear

Bulls Bridge is finally starting to move above fish flow (minimum flow).  The level is not yet registering on the painted guage, but it is starting to get to those levels at which it is worth paddling to Ten Mile bridge and hiking back out.   The trail still has snow, but is packed down enough for hiking.   There is still ice on the trail.   Wood is shifting in the river, but all main lines appear to be clear as of this post (scout and make your own decisions since woid moves all the time).

Thursday, January 05, 2017

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

1 at 1 pm

1 on the paint at 1 pm today.    Mark the internet gauge correlation and watch the changes as we head into the weekend.
The big ice shelves still exist because temps are below freezing at night.   Some new ice undercuts (mild) are forming around rocks with this rising water.

 Looking up at Stairway from the bridge
Flume viewed from above
Flume viewed from river right 
Looking back up at the Flume 
Looking downstream below the Flume 

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Soul Waterman announces custom boat design (brings up good memories)

Way back in November 2007, I as playing with Photoshop, and decided to stretch out the Dragorossi Pintail.  I loved that boat, and wanted to see what it looked like in longer lengths.  I thought it would make a great 10' cruiser.

Further back, in the fall of 1997, I was working on a custom play boat for myself. I stumbled upon Corran Addison's website for his (at the time) new company, Riot Kayaks.  We started email corranspondence about boat design, which heavily influenced my final boat.  Of course, I was new to shaping foam and laying up composites while he was light years ahead of my back yard garage operation.  So, in January 1998 I drove to Canada to meet him.  I have had many inspiring design discussions with Corran since that time.

If I were to design a boat again, I'd take advantage of his decades of knowledge in both design and manufacturing.   Earlier this week, Corran announced that he will make custom kayaks, based on individual feedback.  http://www.soulwaterman.com/products/custom-kayaks

from his website:

"How do I communicate with the designer what I want my boat to do?

Believe it or not, this isn't that hard. As long as you're honest about what you want the boat to do, your skills, your size and weight, and how you want to use it, it's pretty easy to create something awesome for you. That's where our experience comes in.

The hardest part is separating what you "think" you're going to do with the boat, versus what you'll actually be doing with it (there is no point getting a boat for the Montreal Lachines if you live on the Ocoee for example, paddle on the Ocoee every day, and travel to Montreal once every 3 years).

If you can't do a Phonix Monkey, but you tail squirt every eddy you pass, don't get a boat that's awesome at Phonix Monkeys. Get a great squirting boat. Be honest with yourself about how and where you paddle, and we can make you something truly remarkable, and something that is uniquely yours."