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    Default Jet down the Tyone river

    Can you get a jet down and back up the Tyone River? Can you go all the way down to the Su?
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    Quote Originally Posted by akhilux View Post
    Can you get a jet down and back up the Tyone River? Can you go all the way down to the Su?
    What kind of boat are you running?

    It really depends on the water level. I have seen some fairly big jetboats make it down and back up, but if you don't know the river, you will do some damage. There are a lot of boulders in the slow sections that you can't see no matter how good you are at reading water. It is almost like a lake, very little flow so no surface disturbance. Other sections have faster water and would be easier to run, but if you go the wrong way, you will run out of water. One big downside to this run is that there is no way to float out if you lose your power supply. If you can't go up river, your only option to get out is airlift.

    Send me a PM and I can help answer some more specific questions if you have them.

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    I stop at the slough at the end of Tyone lake. It is not worth trying. The rocks get really big and shallow once you get to Tyone Lake. You would have to pull out before Devils Canyon unless you carry "them" in a wheelbarrow.
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    I have a buddy who has run it a few times in a jon boat, he dented the bottom up pretty good though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt. Crowbar View Post
    I have a buddy who has run it a few times in a jon boat, he dented the bottom up pretty good though.
    There are some who run it regularly with jets, but they know the river like the back of their hand and know to run it light. They actually have special setups just for navigating that river. There is a lot of paint on some of those boulders in there from the guys who didn't know the river.

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    Default Reminds me of a quote from a famous general

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    I've run the entire river and if your boat is any longer than 18-19 ft. or wider than 5ft. there are a few sections that require very tight turns around boulders that would potentially damage larger boats. During low-water years it's some real skinny water and a long walk to get back if you should break down. A jet boater broke down on the river this past season, his pump was plugged solid with weeds from the swampy sections of the river.

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    I was with a buddy a few years back and we had a 18ft, aluminum boat, and light outboard jet unit. We found out right away that there a lot of "Hull Inspectors" on this stretch of river. These inspectors will test the fitness of your boat in ways they were never meant to be! We decided to not go very far down and returned to the lake with just a few good dents...nothing split open thank goodness.
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    I have to agree with most posted here already. My son and I took my 17ft aluminum boat with 40hp jet down Tyone River this past year in search of moose. I should have known well enough to turn back just by the low levels in Tyone Lake. We made it down about 2mi but it became so shallow that I had no chance of getting up on step. Luckily, I was smart enough to bring my thrust motor which nearly got us all the way to the mouth of the river except for one area of high current where I simply had to jump out of the boat and begin dragging it with a lead rope. Too bad, I wasn't smart enough to be wearing my hip boots. Sure was cold...

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    Agree with other post. Not adviced if you are doing it in the boat in your avatar. If you do take cables and good come-a-longs.....

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