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Sierra Fly Fishers - Yosemite, Sierra Nevada & Kings River

Sierra Fly Fishers - Yosemite, Sierra Nevada & Kings River

Fly fish California's Yosemite, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks and the majestic High Sierra. The Sierra Nevada, from Yosemite National Park south, through the Sierra National Forest, King's Canyon and Sequoia National Parks, offer up some great fly fishing opportunities. From Yosemite's Upper Tuolumne and Merced Rivers, south to the San Joaquin, Kings River and Kaweah Rivers, Sierra Fly Fisher Tours offers the finest guided trips, instruction and camps in California's Sierra Nevada. The fly fisherman will enjoy quality fishing conditions on un-crowded waters while angling for wild trout. We emphasize catch and release.

After Fly Fishing this area for over 25 years, they believe that they can provide a memorable and rewarding fly fishing experience, from the beginner to the advanced fly fisher. If you're looking for Rainbow, Brook, Brown or the elusive Golden Trout, we've got a Yosemite Fly Fishing Guide for you!

Sierra Fly Fisher Tours offers fly fishing classes and trips for individuals, families, student groups and corporate meetings & events. Ask about the Wild Trout Camps.
 

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Seasons & Species

Although they fish year-round, they still have the traditional opening weekend of trout season on the last Saturday in April. While most other rivers are "blown out", the San Joaquin is quite fishable at this time.
The Tuolumne River has its beginning in Tuolumne Meadow. At an elevation of approximately 8600 ft., it is the largest sub-alpine meadow in the Sierra Nevada. The Tuolumne River is hidden within the tall grasses of Tuolumne Meadows. Rainbows, Brookies, and Brown Trout inhabit this section of the river. Starting in June and running through early October, the fish will key on the pale morning dun hatch. Small yellow stoneflies (yellow sallies) also show themselves at this time of year. Several different species of caddis flies also inhabit this section of the river and can generate a lot of activity in the evenings.

The Merced River is the most well known river in Yosemite, as this is the river that flows through Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Valley is one of the most picturesque places on earth and has much to offer any fly fisherman. Downstream from Yosemite Valley, the river changes from long slow moving pools to pocket water and deep runs for a mile or so before heading down the Merced gorge. The gorge is roughly 8 miles long and though Hwy. 140 runs parallel with the river, there are very few turnouts. Where there is access the canyon walls are very steep and rocky. The catch here will usually run 3 to 1 Rainbows to Browns. Hatches will include small BWO's during warm days in late January and February. And the first Golden Stone Flies will appear in February also. With the days of February growing longer the water will start to warm, the first decent action of the year will be seen.
SUMMER 2011 - Sierra Fly Fisher is the first guide service in California to be granted a special use permit by the National Parks Service to guide Sequoia and Kings Canyon waters.

The upper Kings River above Pine Flat is special regulation trout water. These are wild fish with a lot of muscle. I t is also one of the most beautiful rivers in the west. The fishing begins here in mid to late February with some heavy BWO (#18 - 20) hatches and Golden Stone flies (#12 - 14). Depending on the weather, March also announces the arrival of the largest May fly of the year, the March Brown (#12). The "Salmonfly" also starts to show itself in April. Summer and fall are great times to be on the upper Kings. The flows have resided from the spring runoff and with the water levels getting back to normal there are numerous small Mayfly hatches and some great Caddis activity. August and September can be very hot on this section of the river.

The San Joaquin River drains most of the area from the southern border of Yosemite south to Kings Canyon National Park, making it the 2nd largest river drainage in the state. Seeing the river as it makes its way out into the San Joaquin valley really doesn't do it much justice as most of the water has been diverted for agricultural uses. Hatches on the San Joaquin are as diversified as its many different kinds of waters. Early season Golden Stone Flies (#12 - 14) along with Blue-winged Olives (BWO - #18 - 20) will give way to caddis hatches after the runoff recedes. The higher up in elevation, the more opportunistic the fish come. Most attraction patterns will work if properly presented.

The fall brown trout run is the main focus of the3 very popular Wild Trout Camp. During the early part of October, the browns make their way upstream; many of them for their first time. You will target them with dry flies and this is primarily sight-fishing for these skittish fish. Pursuing other species also remains an option during the fall Wild Trout Camp and as there are options for high-country day pack trip with horses for high meadow brookies and browns. This has gained great popularity. 

Accommodations

Mono Hot Springs Resort: This private hot springs resort on the edge of the Ansel Adams Wilderness might just be the ultimate tonic for city-induced stress syndrome. With hot mineral baths, massage, rustic cabins (reasonably priced), and good food, you'll decompress in no time. And nobody can beat Mono Hot Springs for location. Hiking into the John Muir Wilderness from here is extraordinary.

Most cabins feature native cobblestone and are rustically decorated to give you the comfortable and restful atmosphere you desire. All cabins are equipped for housekeeping. The beds are clean and cozy. Remember, in keeping with the rustic atmosphere, cabins do not have telephones, T.V., microwaves, etc. - just a real relaxing atmosphere fitting a remote high country resort. However, you can bring your computer; Wi-Fi is available and free to all guests.

The usual season is from May 15th to November 1st. The resort may open sooner or later depending upon winter snowfall and melt-off.

Experience Fine Dining at the Mono Hot Springs Resort Restaurant

World famous for our barbecue specialties, buffalo ribs, steaks, pasta, fish and salads, the Mono Hot Springs Restaurant features fine dining surrounded by the beautiful Sierra Nevada. 

Other Activities

Hiking
Many miles of hiking trails are near Mono Hot Springs. Many streams and dozens of back-country lakes are within a day’s hike.

Depending on individual preferences and ability, the area offers a variety of hiking challenges. We will be glad to help you with all the hiking options available

Swimming
With its numerous hot springs and being nestled in a sheltered valley, Mono Hot Springs has summertime temperatures which are comparatively warmer for an elevation of 6,500 ft. Daytime temperatures average in the mid 80's with night time temps in the mid 50's. This nice warm weather makes for great swimming. Doris Lake, just a mile hike from Mono is only spring fed making the surface nice and warm for very comfortable swimming. Also, a large pool in the river across from the General Store is a favorite swimming area with natural hot springs that feed into the river.

Boat Rentals
Fishing boat rentals are available at both Edison and Florence Lake. Ferry boats are also available at both lakes
Ferry boats make scheduled runs in the early morning and in the late afternoon. Vermilion Valley Resort offers a guided tour of Edison Lake by ferry boat. This is a great way to find out about the Edison Lake area and see some spectacular scenery. Florence Lake Ferry Service offers a service for backpackers and those headed for the Muir Trail Ranch.

Horseback Riding

Healthful Hot Mineral Baths
The Mono Indians first brought white men to the Hot Springs by horseback. Many were cured of their ills, so today Mono hot Springs are famous for their healing effects on arthritis, rheumatism and many other ailments. The outdoor hot mineral pool has hydro jets so you can soak, get massaged and take in the breathtaking view of 12,000 Mt. Hooper all at the same time. Massages are available for 1/2 hour or 1 hour periods at reasonable rates. 

Rates

Sierra Fly Fishers guiding services:

  • FULL DAY$400.00 for 1 or 2 persons - $110.00 each additional person
  • ½ DAY (4 hours): $275.00 for one person, $50.00 per additional person

Starting times are based upon current fishing conditions and "the hatch".

Equiment can be furnished if necessary.  (
If you have your own equipment, we encourage you to bring it with you.)

Although we fish year-round, we still have the traditional opening weekend of trout season on the last Saturday in April. While most other rivers are "blown out", the San Joaquin is quite fishable at this time.

 


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