Upper Chetco - unbelievable whitewater and excellent trout fishing

Discussion in 'Trip Reports with Pics' started by Shapp, Jul 5, 2012.

  1. Shapp

    Shapp Active Member

    A few weeks ago we horse packed inflatable kayaks into the upper Chetco River in the Kalmiopsis wilderness of SW Oregon. Unbelievable 25 miles of non-stop whitewater and excellent trout fishing. For those that have the paddling skills and like to fish, this should be top on your list.
    A bunch of pics:

    A friend on the trip has a good start to writing up the trip tale:

    Normally I am catch and release for trout, with such little angling pressure and hunger built up from non-stop adventure, a few cutthroat had to die! This place doesn't suck!

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  2. Salmo_g

    Salmo_g Active Member

    Fanfuckintastic! Wowzer, what a balls to the wall adventure. Beautiful river. Color me green with envy! Nice photographic record. Wish I had them skilz. The pictures of the inverted 'yaks floating in the river remind me of my likely fate should I attempt a float like this.

  3. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Shapp, thanks for sharing, I'm with SG on this one! Amazing.
  4. SteveA

    SteveA Gnu to the board

  5. Patrick Gould

    Patrick Gould Active Member

    A great reason to get some whitewater kayak skills
  6. veilside180sx

    veilside180sx Member

    Nice work Shapp
  7. cabezon

    cabezon Sculpin Enterprises

    What an amazing trip!! I enjoyed it vicariously. It is not on my bucket list....
  8. Drifter

    Drifter Active Member

  9. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Hey Shapp sir, that really looks like kayak water. What do you think about other solo craft? Perhaps like my Scadden Assault or a Watermaster?
  10. Shapp

    Shapp Active Member

    no oar rigs, lots of the slots were just bairly wide enought for a kayak, other craft that could work, a packraft if you were a badass, hardshell whitewater kayaks at a bit higher water, you might be able to R2 paddle a puma or similar small raft at much higher water if you were a badass, but then it there would be a lot of IV+ and some V I bet.
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  11. Ed Call

    Ed Call Mumbling Moderator Staff Member

    Thanks. I figured that to be the case with so many narrow chutes. The emerald pools between the chutes look amazing.
  12. Mark Mercer

    Mark Mercer Member

    Awesome trip.... I really enjoyed your pictures, thanks for sharing.
  13. JesseC

    JesseC Active Member

    Man o man - best post in a long long time. thanks for sharing your adventure. That does it! I'm getting an inflatable yak!
  14. Shapp

    Shapp Active Member

    A few videos of the trip:
    My First look at the Chetco

    The Magic Canyon just downstream of the putin

    Brian exiting one of the first long Class IVs (he makes this move look easy cause he is a solid Class V paddler)
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  15. yuhina

    yuhina Tropical member

    WOW... fantastic report!! Shapp.
    Thanks for sharing! I am very interested to try out those inflated kayak!! so cool!