I'm sure you know what you're doing, just offering some cautionary advice. It seems like we probably have some similar whitewater experience, one man's playpen on a river is another man's grave.
One of the things I've done this year is to fish an area that I had intended to - regardless of what the weather did at the last minute. This meant being out on Brewster in a yak one time with 3' rollers coming across the bars... as I go for my re-entry... A fun challenge in the daytime, but not something I would choose to do at night.
Let's plan to get together, we'll need to include the Penguin - my personal lifeguard - maybe he'll bring one of his fancy yaks and do a rolling demo for us