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Heaven and High Water – Part IV

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

In Part III we described Tenaya Creek. In this final section we feature another main Merced river tributary in the Valley, Yosemite Creek.

Yosemite Creek

Yosemite Creek enters the valley in unrivaled style, doing a screaming plunge off the rim 3000 feet above, all but disappearing into a wild mist, then barreling down on a bridgeful of tourists at the bottom of the lower plunge. As a result of its showmanship, a quick glance at Yosemite Falls tells you about how much water is feeding the half-mile-or-less of creek between the fall’s base and the Merced. more…

Heaven and High Water – Part III

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

In Part II we discussed the Valley Merced. Here we describe feeder stream Tenaya Creek.

Tenaya Creek

Tenaya Creek is where they say many fish go to get away from higher Merced flows, although that must mean flood stage water, because at 4000 CFS the Merced was not something fish needed to escape. Tenaya Creek can provide good fishing in summer months because it’s shaded from the sun and there’s plenty of rock cover. Fishing this creek can be a rock-jumping exercise. These photos are of the lower reaches, within a mile of the Merced. Mirror Lake is basically a very wide portion of Tenaya Creek; it still flows, but slowly. Above that lake it gets more secluded but is still a pool-by-pool venture. Mirror Lake itself is wider but shallow and I suspect isn’t likely to fish well in daylight hours. more…

Heaven and High Water – Part II

Guest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, author of ARCHANGEL suspense thriller, OPEN DISTANCE adventure thriller & more to come

In Part I we described the higher flow rates of springtime in Yosemite Valley. Here we present and discuss the Merced River in particular.

The Merced River in the Valley

In my photos you can judge depth and flow rate visually by noting water running through and behind trees, and by seeing the boilings of the current. The water at these flow rates allowed me minimal entry; trees were in the way everywhere and, where they’re not, so many banks drop off steeply into serious depth. The river is still in the carving business. I think I’d want the gauge to read below 2000 to even consider wading these stretches again. more…