Scale of dangers for kayak anglers

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Scale of dangers for kayak anglers

Post by Hipogriffin »

Hi! I was going through my late Grandpas stuff and I found his notes. He was an avid angler and absolutely loved to paddle in his youth, especially in the mountains. What got me really interested is that he wrote something like this

"As is the case in mountaineering, and in canoeing all tracks are evaluated and classified according to their degree of difficulty.

The need for assessment is evident. A tourist, often a beginner, is not sufficiently interested in the obstacles that await him on a given river. A trip to the waters too difficult for the rookie's skills, with unsuitable equipment, often ends in disaster, destruction of the boat, and sometimes tragically with drowning.

The scale of the difficulties is to reflect their type and warn against the dangers. It must assess the river as a whole (average difficulty), characterize its individual parts, indicate the highest difficulty.

The evaluation of difficulties cannot be perfect by necessity. It eliminates variable factors - "moment" - strong wind, fog, flooding, which can significantly increase normal (average) difficulties.

The scale of the difficulty refers to average water levels (on rivers available periodically, only during high water.

Water difficulties arise from the speed of the current and disturbances in the course of the course, which are caused either by the shape of the bottom, banks, regulating devices, surface structures (whirlpools, backwards, sharks, weirs, currents at bridge pillars, at the mouths of mills), or by ship traffic or, finally, by the tide wave on large lakes and the sea.

The waters which do not show any disturbances in the current, flowing steadily, "balanced", are classified in category A. These are so-called still waters. On these waters local disturbances of the current by the shore or on the water equipment may occur, but they are easy to avoid, because they can be recognized remotely; they never cover the whole width of the current.

On the other hand, fast-flowing mountain rivers, river and harbour waters with high ship and wave traffic, sea shores and lakes with strong waves and weirs, culverts where the water forms a stream, waves, are classified as wild waters."

Does such a scale still exist? A written up scale of danger describing conditions of water?

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Re: Scale of dangers for kayak anglers

Post by Chris Bolton »

Yes, river grading is absolutely normal for canoeists and kayakers. Whether there are any other factors that affect kayak angling I wouldn't know.

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Post by jmmoxon »

Where would he have fished? Links to websites with info on white water, touring, sea & surf.

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