Yosemite & Northern river systems
Winter decided on a little encore for us! We have had a few welcomed storms that have dusted the higher elevations and have raised the flows a bit as now the daily temperatures are warming up.
This report is starting from the South and moving North:
The Merced is open at all stretches and I would feature the South Fork for as a great small fish, and lots of fish section, that is a great for an angler starting out, or a great fishery for families. Dry fly fishing is great here Caddis or Adams #16. In the Yosemite Valley the Merced is fish-able on the edges - but wait till the flows are below 300cfs to have better wading access. Lower Merced, in the central valley is best left alone it needs to recover from the impact of the heat and algea bloom of last summer.
Tuolumne & 120 corridor are accessible with the better areas lower in elevation. Dry flies - Caddis, Parachute Adams, and Stimulators for #16 -12. Nymphs - Copper Johns, Caddis Pupae, size #14-18 are doing well. The Lower reaches of the Tuolumne are doing well too, the same palette of flies should serve you well here too.
Stanislaus- Higher elevations are still flowing a bit high and are off color. Lower elevation has rafting activity hitting full swing. Contact us for more information!