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Pretty float down the Yakima Canyon

By Troutnut on October 6th, 2019
A friend who recently moved to Washington joined me October 6th for a fishing float through a lower part of the Yakima River Canyon. The fish were fairly uncooperative. I lost a mid-sized rainbow on a streamer, but they generally weren't interested in those the rest of the time. Small blue-winged olives were hatching at times throughout the afternoon, and they provided the only real action of the day, but the fish rising to them were mostly small. They were a fun challenge, though, because two of the three spots we found pods of fish rising required very difficult casts. They were rising in shaded back eddies, always on the far side of a long stretch of fast, deep water. It was a great opportunity to practice various trick casts that pile up slack at the end, trying to give my flies 2-second drifts instead of 1-second drifts. It's rewarding when that works just right and draws a strike.

This was also the first real test of my new Flycraft Stealth raft, which had only previously been out for a 1-hour evening trip down part of the Snoqualmie. I'm thrilled with it so far. For a craft small enough to easily carry and load on top of my Jeep by myself, it feels exceptionally stable. The build quality and layout are excellent. It rows like a drift boat, but it's more nimble, and it has a similar ability to instantly drop anchor and fish. I've never had that in a boat before and was giddy about it once I figured out I could anchor in moderate current and fish places I couldn't reach otherwise. I also really enjoyed being able to just drop anchor in the shallows and step out of the boat to wade, without having to pull it up on shore or tie it off. That's such a minor nuisance in most other boats, I never would have guessed I'd take so much pleasure in circumventing it.

Photos by Troutnut from the Yakima River in Washington

 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
I love how easy it is to park this boat just by dropping anchor in the quiet shallows, without having to tie it up anywhere or drag it onto shore. From the Yakima River in Washington.
I love how easy it is to park this boat just by dropping anchor in the quiet shallows, without having to tie it up anywhere or drag it onto shore.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
A typical rainbow for the day. From the Yakima River in Washington.
A typical rainbow for the day.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
Interesting muddy nests from cliff swallows here. From the Yakima River in Washington.
Interesting muddy nests from cliff swallows here.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
 From the Yakima River in Washington.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1
When we finally found some rising fish, they were in an almost-unapproachable foamy eddy on the far side of some fast, deep, unwadeable water that would yank on my fly soon after it hit the water. It took lots of tries with trick casts to catch a few rainbows here. From the Yakima River in Washington.
When we finally found some rising fish, they were in an almost-unapproachable foamy eddy on the far side of some fast, deep, unwadeable water that would yank on my fly soon after it hit the water. It took lots of tries with trick casts to catch a few rainbows here.
LocationYakima River
Date TakenOct 6, 2019
Date AddedOct 30, 2019
AuthorTroutnut
CameraNIKON 1 AW1

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Mgbenjamin5February 23rd, 2020, 3:24 pm
Posts: 2Thanks Jason, I knew about Flycrafts anchor and I guess was wondering if that's what you have. I'm guessing you are happy with it. I'm about to pull the trigger on the 3 man Flycraft and was glad to see a positive post about the Stealth on the Yakima.

Any opinions on the 3 Man Flycraft would be welcome.
MartinlfFebruary 22nd, 2020, 8:44 pm
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Palmyra PA

Posts: 2961
Jason, I have a 16' Lincoln vacuum bag spectra canoe that weighs 40 pounds. It's set up with oars and fishes well, but I'd like a lighter one person boat that can be packed. I've looked at the Watermaster and various frameless pontoons. Are you aware of any smaller ultra light rafts like the Stealth? I'd like something I can stand in, but that may be out of the question.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
MartinlfFebruary 22nd, 2020, 8:35 pm
Moderator
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2961
Interesting that these are available commercially now. Years ago I cut a relatively complex pattern from aluminum sheet metal to encase a 12 pound indented pyramid style lead anchor for my canoe. Stainless steel screws and JB weld allowed me to fully encase it, and I found some heavier aluminum for a head plate at the base that digs into the river bottom. A colleague in the art department who did metal sculpture helped cut that plate out with one of his torches. I'm not sure I'd do it all again, but it's served me well for a long time.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
TroutnutFebruary 22nd, 2020, 7:21 am
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Bellevue, WA

Posts: 2553
Flycraft sells a steel-encased lead anchor with a built-in system to raise and lower it from the rower's seat.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Mgbenjamin5February 21st, 2020, 11:47 am
Posts: 2Nice day!! What are you using for an anchor on your Flycraft for the Yakima?

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