In this episode of The Fine Line, two veteran Jackson Hole boaters recall an epic spring when big water lured them to the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho. With the traditional boat launch closed due to snow, Aaron Pruzan, Brent Tyc and several others put in at Marsh Creek, a tiny tributary running fast, cold and choked with woody debris.

Self supporting in their kayaks, they put in and after the first bend came upon a raft penned up on a log jam in the middle of the creek, the frame bent and the tubes popped and buried. With people stranded on the island and others on the shore and darkness approaching, they sprang into action. Listen to their swiftwater rescue story to learn what went right, what went wrong and how to avoid similar situations.