Welcome and glad to have you on board!
I started running rivers on a pontoon boat on the first production model of the bucks bag 9 years ago, purchased from Morning Hatch in Tacoma. Although there were other models around at the time the bucks bag was the only personal river runner (radical rocker, real rowing frame, etc). I had no problem running the upper Skagit, Skykomish, Stilly, Green, Wynoochee, Cowlitz, to name a few. It opened up the river world for me but no one else had one to buddy up with for spot rigs and I often made long hikes with it on my back. I got a ride up to Sultan in Dec Hogan's rig one day, a pleasant surprise to say the least.
Looking forward to the swaps as well, the flies in the archive from last year were amazing. I hope to get out in the spring for some natives... we'll see.