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Yosemite Fly Fishing Report

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Rick Mazaira Reports on 8.11.2016


Earlier this summer I went with my family for a day on the water. A great day and we all caught fish but more than that it was about the experience and the adventure. The Spaniards have this great expression… “fishing is the excuse”, I think it’s about time to leave “accomplishment” out of it and let the experience mean more than a fish to hand. I often encounter people with questions about how to fish with the family, it’s easy, you’re the third priority. First work to see your spouse’s enjoyment, and when you’ve done that the kids will see it’s  good thing and want to come along. Second create an atmosphere of adventure not expectation of a great catch, this is not a numbers situation. Last, laugh and learn, be a student of the situation and surroundings to capture those special moments… and you’ll be surprised at how much better an angler you’ve become!

And the report, things have slowed down a bit.
Mokelumne- As the days get shorter a trout gather by  the Dam. The heat will wear at  you  but a good early drift.
Upper Moke- It’s all fishing well, dries & dry droppers. Stimulators & Caddis are best.


Stanislaus- Rafters are in full  swing  so watch flows. South Fork is doing well.   Yellow Sallies, and  Hare’s  ears. Middle Fork is great above Twain Hart- look at Herring  Creek and  the inlet to Lyons!.Kennedy Meadows has a lot of pressure.
Tuolumne- Middle  Fork & South   fork are doing very well.  Subsurface     caddis   & midges work well, Caddis, Parachute Adams and Yellow Sallies.
Merced- El  Portal is slowing down! Shifts are happening so look to cooler parts of the day and mind water temps. Nymphing is best.


Lower  Merced lots of Pike  Minnows,   Suckers,  and when you catch a   rainbow   with    a tracking tag on  it   know it is a  rescue fish and   keep it  in  the   water.

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