Alot has changed between now and when I first started fishing the yakima. The Evening Hatch fly shop was still a burger stand, Red's fly shop was a single wide trailer and not a resort, the smiley face wall was still a smiley face, "big pines" was still the slab, "Lluma" was still squaw creek and you could launch a boat at both Bighorn and Umptanum.
Many of the changes happen to the river itself. All of my buddies still fishing the Yakima tell me that the farmlands is completely new after the big flows of last spring. It's cool that even as an irrigation ditch for the lower Yakima valley, there are stretches of the river that can change so dramatically in one high flow. Floating any river alot you learn the slight changes and nuances, which helps keep a river you have fished a ton fresh and exciting.
Here's a few of my favorite pic's from over the years on the day's the yak gave it up good.
Possibly the best day I ever had on the Yak, with Jason Boitano, 2005
Baptie with one of the bigger fish I saw in my time on the yak, 2005
Me and Chou celebrating the longest day of the year by doing two marathon floats.