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Old 02-19-18, 06:56 AM   #1
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Default New to Rowing - Suggestions

Have picked up a clackcraft Eddy. Any advice would be appreciated on options for a new rower to get his oars wet. Headed to the White in a month. I have a few days rowing on big waters out west; nothing complicated or difficult.

I have searched the forums and see several floats on the Hooch. Little research on the Watagua sounds like I need experience, or maybe that is just a specific float/section. Like to fish S. Holston. Have a little fishing experience on the Tuck and French Broad which look like good options for later.

I'm 62 so if I am going to get best use out of the boat I need to "get on it". Any advice on rivers/sections/shuttle options would be appreciated.

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Old 02-19-18, 10:49 AM   #2
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Someone recently had rowing lessons in the Swap Shop.
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Old 02-25-18, 08:18 AM   #3
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Got the boat wet, floating a section of the Hooch down from McGinnis Ferry. Next trip with is the upper Hiwassee (dam to Towee). Can it be run on 1 generator?
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Old 02-25-18, 04:45 PM   #4
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Got the boat wet, floating a section of the Hooch down from McGinnis Ferry. Next trip with is the upper Hiwassee (dam to Towee). Can it be run on 1 generator?


From my limited experience you'd want 2 generators for that run in a hard boat. Might be doable with one though, just a little sporty


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Old 03-01-18, 03:33 PM   #5
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Good first rows:

Hooch - anywhere - watch that hwy 20 rapid

Tuck in Dillsboro on both generators is a nice one to get your boat orientation in swifter water that the Hooch down. (I might not recommend the Bryson City part with 2 or 3 pretty interesting and possibly consequential areas until you feel more comfortable on the sticks)

Soho wasnt too bad in a raft, but haven't rowed my hard boat there. Saw a bunch on pretty low sluicing flows.

Watauga through the "quality fish section" wasn't bad on what the site said was sluicing minimum flows. Again, this was a raft, but there was never a spot i felt the hard boat wouldn't be just fine for. A couple of "exciting" areas you'd need to be pretty alert for.

Maybe do the Toccoa on falling water, but pick your sections carefully and do your research on them well. There's a few consequential obstacles to be aware of. I can't be a great there resource since I've only been through it a raft.
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Old 03-01-18, 08:13 PM   #6
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I would suggest hiring out guide Mark Scarborough for rowing lesson on the full Hiwassee. Everything else in the region will be a piece of cake after that.

PS one gen can be done to Towee, but it is very tight lines.
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