Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Yosemite Trip 8/22 - 8/28
The wife and I took a long vacation to California seeing San Francisco, Santa Cruz , Monterrey and then spending a week in Yosemite to end the trip. While this wasn't a fishing trip by any means I did get to fish several of the streams and lakes in and around Yosemite during our stay.
We camped at Toluomne Meadows so I was within walking distance of some of the best high country streams in the park.
The fishing was good , catching browns, brookies and rainbows on an assortment of dry flys but this was one place where the fishing took a backseat to the scenery and views for me.
All of the streams and lakes that I fished were in such beautiful settings it was hard to keep your mind on the task at hand instead of gazing around.
I fished the Dana and Lyell Forks of the Toluomne River as well as the Toloumne itself around the meadows area.
I also fished the Merced River down in Yosemite Valley for a couple of hours one afternoon and even got to see a bear along the stream which was really cool.
I fished Lee Vining Creek on the East side of Yosemite outside the park and also several high mountain lakes including Dog Lake and Elizabeth Lake.
The lakes were a change of pace from my normal stream fishing but even though they looked great I didn't catch a single fish at any of them.Still worth the hike just for the views.
No fish porn for this report but plenty of scenic landscape shots. Only two camera batteries and no electricity to recharge them while we were camping so photo ops of fish were mostly nixed (the rainbows were colored nicely even though they were all small).They say trout don't swim in ugly places and this trip was truly testament to that statement.
Posted by HighPlainsFlyFisher