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Trip Report - Rush to Shipps


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Solo trip, and my first on this section.  Put in 9/27 and took out 10/1.  The Harriet gauge was 150 cfs (3 ft).  Only had to get out and drag a handful of times, but I wouldn't float it any lower.  

I heeded advice regarding the wind, it can really blow through the canyons!  I rode a NW wind the first 10 miles and stayed put near big creek for a day until it turned back around from the South.

Caught smallmouth just about non-stop.  Crawdad crankbait worked the best.  Nothing over 16" though.  Lots of eagles and deer and solitude.  The scenery is hard to put into words...  It's really an amazing place!

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Here's a couple more pictures.  I'd definitely recommend a compass and a good map to track your pace and progress.  Know that the last mile or two ahead of the White is completely flat water.  On the White itself, they were running some pretty good water so that 5 miles to Shipps was a cake walk.

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Leaving Monday to do Dillards to Shipps for 4 days. Hope to have the same conditions as you had. Looking forward to getting away with a couple friends and fish and relax. Will get a report out when we get home. We have done it a couple of time and have a good idea where we need to stop each night to make the trip and still be able to fish a lot. I agree about the last couple of miles on the Buffalo being slow, more so when the White is flowing a lot of water and backing up the Buffalo.

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I used Buffalo River Float Service, they keep the vehicle there on their lot until your take out day.  80 seemed a little steep, but Eleven Point is up to 60 this year so I guess it's proportionate.  Peace of mind on take out day has value.

Snagged, there were two pair of kayakers who passed me on day 1, after that I saw only 1 other person on horseback in 2 days.  All in all more people than I was hoping for 😐

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