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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