5 of us did it last April and the plans are already in the works for a repeat next year. We did Bakers Crossing to Big Satan in 4 days. It was LOW! I think it was 150cfm. I had a Jackson Big Rig and I think I was out of it more than in during the first 15 miles.
A couple of quick tips...
- PACK LIGHT. I have some military experience and thought I knew how to pack. I was very wrong. I probably had more than 20 lbs that was useless. You only need somewhere to sleep, something to heat water, something to eat and something to fish with. All those extra knives, camp chairs, coolers, fishing rods, and tackle boxes are dead weight. Next time ill have one, MAYBE two rods, with one plano box. When you pack, look at all that stuff you think will be nice to have and think about dragging it down a river for a couple of miles.
- TIE DOWNS. The Big Rig is a very stable kayak. I still flipped out of it. I think everyone on my trip lost something. Just little stuff, like a water bottle, but if you lose it early it can impact your trip. And rod tip protectors. We saw a group that had PVC pipe stuck on the front of their Kayak. When they got to the reed jungles, the PVC will save your rods. I plan on shamelessly stealing the idea for the next trip.
- TAKE THE RIGHT KAYAK. I mentioned that I took a Big Rig. It was way to much boat for that river. I stuck between rocks, had to fight more reeds, and had to drag more weight than all my companions. You need a craft that is made for that kind of river. I will be renting, begging, stealing something more suited next year. A couple of guys had Jackson Coosa's and they did great. The WS 135 did well also.
- START PLANING EARLY. If you use one of the approved outfitters or take out at a state park, you are required to have permits. They go fast and early. If you don't use any state stuff, you can just get on the river. A group had an in with a resident and didn't have permits.
- ITS A BEATING. I did the planning and thought 7 or 8 miles a day would be fairly easy. We had done that distance on some other trips and still got plenty of fishing during the day. Not on this river. With the water level, we made the distance, but only got 1 or maybe 2 hours of fishing. We are aiming at 5 miles a day next time.
I could go on for a long time, but this is already turning into a novel.
The bottom line is DO IT!!!!! Its a trip you will talk about for years and well worth any discomfort.