Guiding Your Experience

Safety on the river is important. As our clients and guests, we will work to build your trust for the entire day and experience - we want you as a repeat customer! We are frequently on remote waters, and being prepared for every situation is as important as matching the hatch. Your guides are certified in CPR and Wilderness First Aid.


When you book your trip with Emerging Rivers Guide Services, be assured that we can provide you with:


• Use of new, high quality Orvis gear at no additional cost

• Options for gourmet meals/beverages

• Fly casting, river reading, and entomology instruction and coaching

• Satisfaction guarantee!



Derek Young, Owner, has cast flies around the Western US for the

last 15 years and lived in Washington since 1984 - with stops in Colorado,

Missouri, Texas, and Utah that have given him the opportunity to enjoy

some of the best fly fishing in the United States. The Yakima is Derek's

home water, and protecting and preserving the river is his passion. This

passion for sharing the river shows in his client's experiences and ensures

that the resource and beauty is there for future generations. Derek is a fly

fishing instructor for the Bellevue, WA Orvis location, and an Orvis

Endorsed Guide since 2009.




seanSean McAfee was born and raised in Northwest Montana, and has been

an Orvis Endorsed Flyfishing Guide for over a decade. Sean's flyfishing

roots come from a childhood growing up in a fishing and hunting lodge in

Montana. Sean has guided over 700 days since he was 18, and his passion

for fly fishing shows in the experiences and memories of his clientele. Your

experience with Sean will not only increase your passion for the sport, but

will also make you a better angler.