Finniss question

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Re: Finniss question

Post by apolot » Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:42 pm

3ways? Know the river well but not sure of names. Can you pls describe location of 3ways.
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Re: Finniss question

Post by dannett » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:47 pm

The 3 ways marks the western end of navigable section of Hardcastle road billabong. You can choose one of three different paths to continue on for a limited distance before the vegetation becomes too thick to continue on wards.

If you had a canoe and big brass balls you could follow explore the jungle through to the flood plains. The trick is getting the ball size to canoe size ratio right. Balls too big, the canoe will sit too low and you're a dead man, canoe too big and your balls ain't going anywhere fun.

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Re: Finniss question

Post by dannett » Wed Mar 14, 2018 10:54 pm

A note on the ramp, after the dry season the water level can be a bit low and bigger boats can find themselves in the predicament of dropping the wheels over the end of the ramp which is at least a 300mm drop.

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Re: Finniss question

Post by Flickin4em » Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:09 am

The swamps through that area are nearly all shallow, it's unlikely that the barra would stay in them once access opens with the creek at 1m most of the feeder creeks are almost done flowing and they would be back in the river at the creek mouths.

Few feeder cks in there bigger ones that drain big areas or small creeks running through the scrub are some of the more permanent one in particular is almost permanant but only a m deep in june deeper snags exist every corner though with the creeks they generally fire for a week or less one of the better ones for big fish is way up at the rapids itself enters the river on the right.

I've done some stupid sh!t but putting a yak in here is almost a guaranteed to end badly regardless of balls to canoe ratio. One fella got taken a few years back. I've seen a few good crocs in there over the years couple would top 4m ... dark black sly buggers they're hardly ever seen unless sprung sleeping on the bank or drifting without a word.
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Re: Finniss question

Post by Flickin4em » Thu Mar 15, 2018 1:44 pm

dannett wrote:A note on the ramp, after the dry season the water level can be a bit low and bigger boats can find themselves in the predicament of dropping the wheels over the end of the ramp which is at least a 300mm drop.
Also with bigget boats the upper limits have 2 good rockbars on the way aswell as some knarly granite boulders upriver mid stream take care travel at midday with good sunnies and take it easy untill you learn which bits to watch out for though otherwise you'll be paddling back with no gearbox. 3 ways is pretty safe until you cut a corner a bit. :bonk:

With the ramp dannett i reckon the same company must've done the ramp at hardies lagoon :banghead: the old natural rock launch launch on the right is a better option out there still 30plus years on. . Dropoff on the new one almost bottoms out the chassis of the trailer later in the year when the water is lower late October from erosion at the end of it . . Good ledge for a barra to hide under though.
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