First, let me offer a big thanks for all the tips I received.
My outing to the UJ was absolutely incredible. I caught so many smallmouth on both Saturday and Sunday that I lost count. In addition, I caught a ton of Bluegiill that were as big as your palm, and I got two "Suckers," that look a little like a skinny carp. I also saw a 24-inch Muskie come up under one of my smallies as I was bringing him in, but didn't get the take.
One of the guys in my group did hook up with one that ate his smallmouth. His Muskie was estimated to be about 42-inches long. It tarpon-ed twice, before finally throwing the hook, and launching the poor smallmouth to the other side of the river. I'm not even convinced he was ever hooked. I think he was just holding on to the smallie.
Going "light" (a relative term for me) was definitely the right answer. I actually managed to get out on the water with only three rods and a milk crate with two Plano boxes. I was very glad not to have to worry about loosing thousands of dollars of bass gear, when I hit the rapids. I was able to stay right-side up. One of our guys did flip, but we were able to recover most of his gear. Some of the others we saw weren't that lucky. One guy lost everything but his kayak -- I still don't understand how you can go out, knowing there are rapids to run, and not have things tied down or at least attached to floats.
I definitely am looking forward to going back. Any of you folks who live up there on the UJ should count yourselves blessed. That's some beautiful country.
Here is a video one of the guys put together:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1WDKd0SCWE&feature=plcp