Floating or wading the Yak


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Well, we had some interesting weather last night for May (2/3 into the month). It is 38 (now) just three miles east of Cle Elum. There is plenty (yep) of new snow in the hills surrounding the Yak valley. It poured at my shack (2,300 feet) about 200 to 300 feet above town last night for about three hours.

The Teanaway is coming up fast and brown and I assume the Yak will soon follow suit. They are calling for more snow above 3,500 feet and more rain in the lower elevations. It has stopped raining - but it looks like there is more coming soon. All in all, this weather should have happened in March. But it didn't. For those of you thinking of throwing a few this weekend, if it rains anymore, you may want to save your money and time. Just a thought.


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I appreciate the news updates. I won't be over Thursday as planned, but when i do make the trip, i will send ya a PM and buy you a beer or 3 when in town.
Stay on the upper river the lower has blown out as of this morning, Wilson Creek was flowing mud and stumps from the fire on the a trib of the Wilson.
Going on a float with Reds on Saturday. Hope the river isn't too high or cloudy by then. Hopefully the rain will taper off after today.
I'd cancel that trip if you can! upper and lower blown out and not looking good for a week or more. Lakes all showing 100% this morning and the gates are open
That'll keep the crowds away...!! ;)

Derek, I wish that were the case! I had the wife and kid all worked up to float at least two evening hatches this weekend as I saw the water coming down.... and then the down pour! Nice to see you got at least a day out there this week in good water! Shooting myself for not getting out there before the water came up again!
I see your at home reading and not getting the boat wet today!
Latest post from JR, posted today. you know its blown out !

Last Blowout of the Year – Yak Report
The rain has been relentless. It was Forest Gump rain almost all day yesterday and we actually had an argument at the shop that the Adipose Skiff that was full of water was like that because it was running off the roof and filling the boat up. Ol’ Craig won the argument. The roof wasn’t contributing to filling the boat up at all. Unreal amounts of rain here on the sunny side of the state.
This is going to be the last wipeout of the year. The lower river is absolutely wiped out and then some. The upper river is coming up now thanks to the “dam releases”, yes I said it. Damn releases! The reservoirs are FULL. Check out this link if you haven’t ever looked at it before: http://www.usbr.gov/pn/hydromet/yakima/yaktea.html
Overall this is a good thing. The fishing we experienced last week will happen again when the river drops but in the meantime we’ll need to find something else to do. Consider coming to Isaak’s Ranch with us this Saturday. The river is going to be out of whack any way so you might as well come stick a few pigs at the lake with us.

Derek Young

Emerging Rivers Guide Services
The upper river is in excellent shape. Clarity and flows are good, good afternoon hatches, and the weather has been decent. Caught a number of fish on top yesterday!

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