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Yosemite Fly Fishing Report

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Rick Mazaira reports on 8.13.15

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Our Thunder showers activity has ended and now we are looking at lower water levels and flows which lead to higher temperatures. Also check teh Dept of Fish & Game for river closures before you leave. If you’re going to fish in a lower elevation fishery for trout, start super early, be done by noon or when the temperature of the water reaches 68 degrees.

Stanislaus River

  • High Elevation - Look for fishing to get better as thses two things happen, kids go back to school and the heat wave passes by the middle of next week. Inlets and outlets of still water fisheries areas are good for streamers.
  • Mid elevations - The middle fork has  fish more activity with lakes doing well, especially the inlets make  sure you have streamers handy.
  • Lower - Doing well.

Tuolumne River

  • High Elevation - Remember these are ecologically sensitive areas that require caution with where you walk and do not go through restoration areas or marshy parts of the Meadows. Upper has been getting a lot of pressure on Hwy 120- walk away from the trail heads to find un-pressured water. Fishing well in Yosemite and through Hetch Hetchy.
  • Mid Elevation - Fishing best early and watch water temperature. Dry droppers are a great early combination.
  • Lower Tuolumne is fishing great!

Merced River

  • High elevation - Fishing well, watch for the late afternoon evening hatches.
  • Mid Elevation - Will get very warm in the afternoon, best to seek out warm water species and try surface poppers and sub-surface wooly buggers for bass below Yosemite valley.
  • Lower Merced - Too warm… check for closures.

Please be sure to check out our website- www.yosemite-outfitters.com for more information!
Cheers,
Rick

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