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I have been dying to get over and finally float the yakima in my new raft. I have all day saturday and the river looks to be in amazing shape from what im seeing online. I have never rowed moving water so this will be a day of learning for me. I am assuming somewhere in the canyon will be the easiest float for someone new. If anyone is interested PM me.
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Any float in the canyon will be easily manageable in a raft even if you haven't rowed moving water. There will probably be 5,000 people out there this weekend though so watch out for that. More than once I've been sitting on anchor in my drift boat and had the booze-cruisers run into me, pretty sketchy in a hard boat with an anchor down... My buddies and I fish that river almost every weekend, but we are heading down to the D this weekend instead. Maybe next time we could link up, have a rowing crash course, and catch some fish.
 

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Any float in the canyon will be easily manageable in a raft even if you haven't rowed moving water. There will probably be 5,000 people out there this weekend though so watch out for that. More than once I've been sitting on anchor in my drift boat and had the booze-cruisers run into me, pretty sketchy in a hard boat with an anchor down... My buddies and I fish that river almost every weekend, but we are heading down to the D this weekend instead. Maybe next time we could link up, have a rowing crash course, and catch some fish.
Ya I'd definitely be up for a float anytime! I'm hoping with the current forecast being under 70degrees for Saturday there won't be too many tubers floating the river. And I know memorial day weekend isn't ideal but this is the first weekend that either i haven't been working or the river hasn't been blown out so I have to go for it! Let me know when you're headed that way next time, I'd love to tag along!
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Ya I'd definitely be up for a float anytime! I'm hoping with the current forecast being under 70degrees for Saturday there won't be too many tubers floating the river. And I know memorial day weekend isn't ideal but this is the first weekend that either i haven't been working or the river hasn't been blown out so I have to go for it! Let me know when you're headed that way next time, I'd love to tag along!
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Most of the fish are within a few feet of shore usually and the tubers tend to float further off shore. Should be fine.
 

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For starters, there is no tube hatch at this time of year. Second, MOST of the fish are not within a few feet of the shore...at this time of year.

Joel, if you end up floating, you'll be fine with any section in the canyon even if you've never done it before. If you'd like some additional pointers, shoot me a PM and we can chat.
 

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For starters, there is no tube hatch at this time of year. Second, MOST of the fish are not within a few feet of the shore...at this time of year.

Joel, if you end up floating, you'll be fine with any section in the canyon even if you've never done it before. If you'd like some additional pointers, shoot me a PM and we can chat.
Thanks Luke. I'll definitely ask if anything comes up
 

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If nobody joins me my take out will probably be reds so they can shuttle me. I hope that place is big enough not to miss haha
See if you can get someone else to do it, reds shuttles are an absolute scam. $40 to move a car a few miles is crazy. One would think they would have the foresight to drop the prices and get more foot traffic in the shop and resraurant, but who knows....
 

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See if you can get someone else to do it, reds shuttles are an absolute scam. $40 to move a car a few miles is crazy. One would think they would drop the price to get more foot traffic in the shop and resraurant, but who knows....
I thought about that but I've never heard of anyone else who does a shuttle. But I'll look around tonight while I'm at "work"
 

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Anyone have recommendations for a float with lots of opportunities to stop and fish and also a float that has a very easy take out?
Most of the takeouts in the canyon are easy to see. Red's, Big Pines, Marhe's, and Roza are all blatantly obvious from the river. Umtanum is a little more difficult to see, but it is immediately before the footbridge so you know it's coming up way in advance. Upriver from there they are a little less obvious. Basically, anywhere you start seeing trucks/campers/tents there is going to be a boat launch.

The canyon is not great for jumping out and fishing. It's really best fished from the boat, but that is difficult if you are alone. But it's the easiest section of that river to row so it's probably where you want to start for your first float. Do something like Umtanum to Big Pines or Marhe's. Stop where you can and fish the riffles, deep undercut banks, and confluences below islands. It won't be super easy to fish by yourself, but you should be more concerned about getting time on the sticks in your new boat anyways.

As for shuttles... Yeah, Red's has a fckng monopoly on those in the canyon and charge whatever they want for it... When you think about the distance of the taxi and that their shop is right in the middle it will make you sick. I like Red's, I keep my boat there most of the time, but their shuttle prices are absolutely obscene.... Some of the other shops in Eburg will do it. I've used Worlley Bugger for farmlands floats, and I think they will taxi in the canyon too.
 

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One post of 5000 people /booze-cruisers and another of "no tube hatch this time of year"?

I'm new enough to the floating game that I don't have experience with how crowded it will be to float on Mem weekend. Any insight?
 

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One post of 5000 people /booze-cruisers and another of "no tube hatch this time of year"?

I'm new enough to the floating game that I don't have experience with how crowded it will be to float on Mem weekend. Any insight?
LOL he also said not to fish on the bank... I was going to respond to that post with pics of all the fish I've caught up against the bank in the last week or two but decided it wasn't worth it.... It looks like it's only going to be around 70° over there this weekend so it shouldn't be too bad. Last weekend we got passed by a flotilla of rafts so it's not too early for it, but it should be cold enough to keep most off the water. Camping will be impossible unless you reserved a site though.
 

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I always hitch hike in the canyon, never walked more than a mile before I've been picked up, usually don't even make it to the main road. Very fishermen friendly region. Keep a $5 bill handy.
$5.00 ?
Maybe I'm old school, but in the middle of the last century my buddy and I Hitchhiked/Fished/Backpacked throughout all the western states and all it cost was good conversation.

Is it proper protocol to pay $ these days when hitchhiking? (I'm well aware a shuttle is a different deal).

I'm just asking. Not cheap, just curious what's expected from hitchhikers these days.
 
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