Category Archives: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author

Opportunity

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

In an earlier article I discussed how “aversion” benefits creatures. They needn’t think through threats or their species’ survival strategies in order to achieve sufficient survival rates that the species continues. As long as the threats are not outside the natural order–for example as long as those threats aren’t strange synthesized chemicals to which the creature has no natural aversion but which will nevertheless kill them all–aversion as a risk management scheme serves a species well.

In particular I brought this concept around to trout’s aversion to light. In their inability to invent sunglasses (and their absence of ears on which to hang them), hiding from light saves them from many clawed and toothy critters. They need only retreat to deep water in midday “because I hate that dang light,” and only come back out to the shallows at low light due to the absence of same, and they’re reasonably safe without even knowing what’s out there trying to feast on them–without knowing what a life strategy is. more…

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…