DATE OUTING HOST RATING / EXPLANATION
Mar 20-22 Clark Fork River Don Tietz 2-Float:Bridge abutments,
St Regis, MT small rapids, obstacles
Mar 28 Pontoon Safety Don Tietz 1-Could be cold/windy.
Still Water Class and Crew
April 4 Amber Lake Jack Mayfield 1- Could be Cold, Windy
April 10-12 Dry Falls Lake Northwest Anglers 1- Could be Cold, Windy
April 29 Williams Lake Host Needed 1-Evening Float
May 3 Kid’s Fishing Carla Ferguson Fun, Rewarding
/ Clear Lake
May 9 Clear Lake Host Needed 1- Float (AM Only)
May 9 Club Picnic Host Needed Picnic
June 3 (Wed) West Medical Host Needed 1-Evening Float
June 12-14 Brown’s Lake / Dan Wight 1-Float
June 26-28 North Fork John Hudson 2-Wading
Coeur d’Alene River
Jul 17-19 Kelly Creek John Hudson 2-Wading
Aug 1-2 St. Joe River Rick Newman 1-3-Wade: Depending on where
Aug 14-16 Rock Creek, MT Host Needed 1-3-Wade: Depending on where
Aug 28-30 Lochsa River, MT Host Needed 1-3-Wade: Depending on where
Sept 11-13 Clark Fork River Don Tietz 2-Float: Bridge abutments, small rapids, obstacles
Sept 19 Sprague Lake Dan & Carla Ferguson 1-float
Sept 25-27 Missouri River Host Needed 2-Float: Bridge abutments, obstacles
Oct. 9-11 Grande Ronde River Host Needed 4-Wade: slick rocks, boulders, visibilty 4-Float: Low fast water, obstacles
As you can see, hosts are needed for most of the outings. If you wish to volunteer or have any questions contact Dan Ferguson. E-mail to email@example.com or phone 509 325- 8885.
PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR RATING DESCRIPTIONS.
LEVEL TYPE RATINGS DESCRIPTION
1 Water: Still water, easy access, may have windy conditions
Operator: Rookie to expert, First time pontoon/drift boat owners should start here.
Float Tubes okay here only.
2 Water: Still water: Limited access/River. Comfortable current, small rapids, easy wade.
Operator: Level 1 accomplished, First river outing with experienced mentor.
3 Water: Still Water: Difficult access.
River: Float, faster water, obstacles, rapids, sweepers.
Wade: Difficult access, fast, slick rocks.
Operator: Level 2 accomplished and mastered. Good boat handling skills, can read water and react.
4 Water: River: Faster water, changing conditions, heavy rapids, obstacles, braids strong hydraulics, sweepers.
Operator: Level 3 accomplished and mastered. Excellent boat handling skills, can read river quickly and respond.
5 Water: River: Complex water, changing hydraulics and river path. Complex rapids, falls, scouting recommended.
Operator: Expert boat handler with a lot of experience in complex hydraulic situations. Must be able to read and react immediately and correctly.
Each time a boat operator enters a new level for the first time it is recommended they go with an experienced mentor at that level.
When signing up for outings note the rating assigned to the waters. If you have any questions about the waters and the rating, contact the host of the outing or the outings committee chairman (Don Tietz: E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or phone his cell: 509 850-5076).
A mentor can be provided to aid in negotiating new waters and help to make your outing experience enjoyable.
Please be sure to check the Barbless Flyers for 2015 outings details.They will also be posted here. If folks have requests for outings please contact Gale Allen.
The responsibility of a host includes coordinating times and meeting locations, securing mentors if needed, purchasing and preparing food (paid for by SFF) for the main course (if served, during an outing), writing an early article for the newsletter and following up with a recap article for the Barbless after the event.
Please note that these are proposed outings. They can change at any time depending on conditions and whether we have hosts.
Check newsletters and this site for current outings information.