Avoid Upper Yak Canyon Aug. 16th

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  1. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Seriously... a flat screen TV and a Honda generator in one of the tandem rafts... now that's certainly upping the ante!
     
  2. Jeff Dodd

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    That looks fun but @ 43 I would be just a creepy guy.

    I remember floating the Yakima when I lived in e-burg. Man that was fun... For the first 6 hours, then you run out of beer and you are ready for a super mother burger.

    Is the smiley face rock still in the lower canyon? That was a popular jump off spot, along with the tall cliff across from Irene Reinheart's park trail. Home-built boogie boards bungees to the sweepers. So much fun and to think it wanted to leave.?.
     
  3. Irafly

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    I also grew up near a river and spent countless hours exploring everything it had to offer. I never once floated it with a tube but I did float it several times with my mask, by myself at the ages of 9 to 11. I took swim lessons early on and I felt at home in the water and in the river. The river was small though in comparison with only a couple of places really providing even a modicum of danger. I then grew up to be a high school and college swimmer and a life guard which taught me to respect the water much more than I did as a kid. One time out on the North Shore of Oahu I decided to body surf the waves there and an undercurrent pulled me down and out like I was nothing more than a twig. At the time I was in great shape and I imagine it was the only thing that saved me needing rescuing myself. I have floated the Yak several times now and I'm torn reading this between the young me that floated the rivers sans floatation and the older version of me that knows too well how dangerous water can be.

    I hope they all have a great time, make good choices, clean up after themselves and that everyone stays safe.
     
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    Gonna be a lot of piss in that water!
     
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    I grew up floating down rivers as well, but was taught to always understand and respect the water I was in, and to take out anything I took in. Most of them are really friendly and pretty intoxicated, and fairly entertaining really. But the amount of trash left behind was really bad.
     
  6. psycho

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    Yes the Yak will be yellow for a few hours until it clears. If you have a deposit on bottles and cans you could probably float after them and recover enough to buy a top end rod or reel.
    When they float the Kettle up here I usually do a float around the first week of September, it is good for a new fly line. We do not have that sort of population to get that many floaters. They still leave their crap in the sweepers and logjams.
     
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    They organized an event. They mention in the email that cleanup is an issue and they will address it.
    They didn't need to, but they may have informed the fly shops. These are adults out having a fun time enjoying the resources.

    Just because they are not on the river sticking hooks into fish for the fun of it, doesn't make them bad people.


    Lighten up Francis!
     
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  8. scottr

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    Pretty sure the clean up they are talking about relates to the camp area not the river but I may be wrong. I know people, good people, who will be there, I hope they have fun and stay safe. I'll choose to go fish another spot, no biggie.
     
  9. Itchy Dog

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    More than likely none of them will have access passes. A few years ago I was driving toward Cle Elum as a rubber hatch of epic proportions was preparing to launch at the Teanaway confluence. Cars lined both sides of Hwy 10 for a half mile. In the lower canyon years before that, my truck and trailer got blocked in by a bunch of cars that were launching at Big Horn. There were also several buses unloading hoards of floaters. A lot of misguided youth, many making very poor decisions, and yet I did see perhaps the nicest set of boobies I've ever seen during a rubber hatch on the Yakima. I don't remember how the fishing was that day.
     
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  10. Evan Burck

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    I really have no idea what you're talking about.

























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  12. Olive bugger

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    BUT, you DID remember the BOOBIES, didn't ya!
    Things like that will stick with a man. Kinda like the first
    really nice fish to take a dry fly on a dead drift.
     
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  13. zen leecher aka bill w

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    I ran into this same thing at the same spot in July. Only thing is I didn't see a set of boobies nor even a single boob. I did see a rather large lady get pushed under standing on the downstream side of the raft. (rookie mistake) She yipped pretty good as the Teanaway was still kinda cool.
     
  14. Evan Burck

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    I want to go . I want to see EVERY BOOB.
     
  15. Derek Young

    Derek Young 2011 Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide Of The Year

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    There are some boobs you don't want to see. Like the last couple of years, hope that no-one is seriously injured or killed, but I'll be far, far away from there and dealing with the aftermath for a while as in the past.

    Really surprised that the powers that be don't see this as a tax and fee bonanza and patrol/ticket this event. The merchants like the influx of cash but it's a double edged sword for the river and its wild fish. The leave no trace ethic is not in effect during this event.