Monthly Archives: June 2017

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…

Fly of the Month – July 2017 – Nightmare Musky Fly

Fly Tyer: Tony Sandrone, J Stockard customer & avid tyer

The Bucktail Gamechanger, which Tony Sandrone calls the Nightmare Musky Fly, is a spin off of an already perfect pattern made by Blane Chocklett. It is a pattern that can be altered to fit most materials. The articulations in the fly make it swim like a live bait fish. Using bucktail on this fly is important because it adds a great deal of movement to an already very lifelike pattern.


Shanks: 28mm Big Game Shanks or 40mm Big Game Shanks, 40lb or better bite wire for connections 1 foot
Hooks: Ahrex PR320 Predator Stinger hooks in 4/0 and 6/0
Eyes: 15mm Living Eyes from the Flymen Fishing Company
Other Materials: Dyed over White Belly HairBucktailUV Polar ChenilleHen Saddle or NeckFrankenDUB Monster Dub and Hedron Magnum Flashabou
Coatings: Deer Creek Fine Flex UV and Diamond Fine UV 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…