Originally posted by BrianP
What's the story with the gauge for this run? Does it not always tell the truth? Or is the cup just the preferred metric?
The gauge is way below FITW and there are a bunch of small tributaries that feed in FITW - so the gauge down low doesn't always tell you what's going on up high.
IMO - early in the FITW if there's rain or precip, or residual snow in the lower drainages you can have a high flow in the SF and low flows up top, and when it's later in the season and drier down below you can have relatively low flows down lot - but a lot of the juice coming from up high in the drainage that feeds FITW and the volume up there can be higher than you'd think looking at the gauge.
The cup is a natural paddler's gauge right at the top of the run so it's always dead on. The only thing people debate is what levels constitute high, medium, and low flows. I personally think that people who have run FITW a gazillion times tend to sand-bag it a bit, but then again I am kind of a wuss and prefer things on the ELF side.