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Heaven and High Water – Part I

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

For anyone planning a trip to Yosemite Valley in springtime, as I wrote sometime back the place is truly heaven on earth. There’s no flow regulation (no dams) in or above Yosemite streams, for one thing—it’s all natural runoff and snow melt. It’s a joy to need to be connected to Nature’s seasons in that way, but at the same time it takes some savvy, and a little prior data, to fish there. There are numerous fly fishing water options, including the Merced running through the valley, and Tenaya Creek, and Yosemite Creek, and Crane Creek down in the Foresta basin…and none of that even considers the high country (which won’t be accessible in the spring anyway). more…

Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part Four

Figure 13 - Merced_Below_GorgeGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

Yosemite Valley itself, handiwork of the noble Merced River, is a feast for any senses to which one might be a slave. To get one’s head around the impossibility of the monstrous stone walls, and to try to imagine what a cupful of water must think when it comes quite unexpectedly to the brink of a three thousand foot freefall, can leave one at a loss to describe or understand. And few visitors give thought to the equally enrapturing world beneath the waterline; but a fly fisherman’s mind goes immediately to that image. more…

Fly Fishing in Paradise, Part Three

Figure 9 - Merced thru ForestGuest Blogger: Michael Vorhis, Fly Fisher & Author, FreeFlight Publishing

We’ve discussed what happened to Yosemite’s “sister valley,” Hetch Hetchy, less than a century ago, and how today no one even mourns that irreversible and immeasurable loss. So many voting Californians were born in other parts of the world and some still may not “get” our New World priorities of crowdlessness, individual freedom to roam and pristine wilderness in which to do it…and many more did originate here but are too far removed from our rural “fiercely independent” roots to feel the difference; they consider shivering too dear a price to pay for seeing nature sans manicure, and they tweet instead of explore, valuing cell service far above unspoiled terrain. When the question arises as to what valleys and streams to dam up next, how do you think they’ll vote? When asked to go easy on wild places–stick soda cans in pockets and protect the lives of little things like fish and plants–how much inconvenience will they accept? more…