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Runoff

Guest Blogger: Mike Cline, Bozeman, Montana

Although it takes many forms in different parts of the country, in our western states, particularly the rocky mountain states, runoff is a time of great anxiety and anticipation. Like the earth revolving around the sun, runoff is predictable. It is going to happen every year. The anxiety associated with runoff has much to do with taking advantage of usually excellent pre-runoff fishing in our larger rivers. Pre-runoff is that agonizingly unpredictable time between too cold and nasty and just warm enough to turn things on. As our rivers begin to come out of their winter doldrums, they are low, they are cold and the weather can be nasty, wet and windy. Yet in early March through April things do change. As the days lengthen, the temperatures slowly rise. A few warm days and any remaining lowland snow melts away muddying up the river for a few days, but adding little to the overall flows. As the river clears and warms, the fishing is good if you can find yourself on the river with decently calm weather. By the time late April comes around, the rivers have crept up from their lethargic winter flows to more normal levels. Hatches of midges, caddis and mayflies become more regular. At home, the grass is greening, the perennials sprouting and the fruit trees are budding. Spring is here and runoff can’t be far away.

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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.

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