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Rafters take advantage of "flip flop"

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- River rafters are taking advantage of some rivers running higher than usual.

It's because the Bureau of Reclamation is doing their annual "flip flop". That's where they let more water flow down the Naches and Tieton for irrigation and less down the Yakima to protect salmon.  Osprey Rafting says they usually raft in the Wenatchee area, but at this time of the year, they move up to the Tieton.

"We come over here because it's dam release. Super fun, class three, really fast, consistent. And we get people from all over that come rafting with us and other companies that come over here," says Adam Dodson of Osprey Rafting.

Dodson says rafters are safer with companies like his because their guides have experience running rivers like this. The Bureau of Reclamation will reduce flows to the rivers on October 20th.