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Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part Two

Figure 5 - Above Emerald PoolGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

The Merced in Yosemite Valley gets 90% of the fishing pressure of the park’s streams, but still not a lot by most standards, and much of that pressure is novice or spinning/consumer in nature. It’s understandably fished more because it’s more accessible to most family trip anglers. The creeks, even in the Valley, have less pressure yet–and where creeks come into the Merced it can also be good–such as the confluence of Tenaya Creek (near the Upper Pines campground) as one of many examples. more…

Brook Trout Alternative

Photo by Joseph Stine

Photo by Joseph Stine

Guest Blogger: Chuck Holmes

I am sure after this article I will be accused of blasphemy, but, I am amazed at how some fly fishers rave over catching a six inch brook trout. I know they get much bigger, but a lot of the photos I see on Facebook and other sites are of very small fish. I live in Ohio and there are not a lot of opportunities to catch brookies. West Virginia has a great trout stocking program for rainbows and browns, but brook trout are native to some of their smaller streams. Shortly after I got into fly fishing, one of our club members organized a trip to West Virginia. He said we were going to a small stream where we could catch native brook trout. Since I had never caught any trout on a fly, I was looking forward to the adventure. We drove six hours to get to the stream that was part of the Elk River system. We checked into the lodge where we were staying and settled in for a good night’s sleep, my dreams filled with visions of 20 inch brook trout we would catch the next day. more…

Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part One

Figure 1 - MercedGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

Winding carefree through perhaps the most soothingly stunning canyon on the planet, meandering in serpentine calm between gentle green meadows guarded by 200-foot giant conifers, the Merced River makes its charmed way down the legendary Yosemite Valley. Except for now and then, it’s in no hurry to leave this place. Its pools and riffles, its grassy wildflower-lined banks, and its friends the stately firs and sequoias and powerful Ponderosa Pines all seem dwarfed to the size of moss by the immense stone walls that stand, an unbroken gauntlet of stoic granite sentries, on both sides all the way down. more…