We've recently learned that Idaho anglers hate anyone who fishes the Skagit, Montana anglers hate Washingtonians and everyone seems to hate Montanans. But we have a local problem of one group of anglers hating another. Now, I can't speak for everyone, but EVERYONE who wades the Yakima anywhere above Thorp thinks those drift boaters who usually stick to the lower canyon are the worst thing since bead-casters. As soon as the river get a little high around Umtanum (what, you can't handle your boat when the river nudges up to a mere 16,800 cfs as it did on May 16?) those lower river rats scramble up into the pristine upper waters and fill the basin with beer farts, boat trailers and -- god help us -- hot lunches!! Especially bad are those guys who come over the pass from eastern King County. What a bunch of louts, or so the story goes. Remember, I'm just reporting the veiled rumors tossed out by unknown anglers after they consumed several bottles of Pendleton whiskey. But they say that the only western Washington anglers worth a damn are the guys from Pierce County. Everyone else from the Puget Sound basin apparently beats their dogs, locks their kids in their basements where they are forced to tie #24 midges while blindfolded, and --worst of all -- they don't buy anything from the shops in Cle Elum, Ellensburg or even the Canyon. In fact they probably all buy their gear directly from Costco. I'm not here to point any fingers, but YOU, and YOU, and especially YOU over there by the computer are really screwing things up for the rest of us. Just stay down between the walls, would ya? And by god, don't you DARE cross the railroad tracks on your way to the river! **NOTE: In light of the blown rivers, endless rains, and sloppy wet (useless) snow in the mountains, I'm bored shitless. Personally, I've got nothing against the lower canyon boaters, King County commuters, or even Costco shoppers. But then again, I'm one of the good guys from Pierce County that everyone loves.