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Old 02-27-2014, 08:37 AM
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I am headed out west this summer (Mid to Later June) with my family and we will be renting an RV for the week and driving around. I would like fly fish somewhere out west in the Yosemite area. I have never been out west and have NO idea what are some good rivers, where the access points are, or what works very well. I have all the info on fishing license but could really use some advice and wisdom on where to go, park, and fish. Thanks guys!

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Merced and Tuolumne for starters. You can find trout in the Merced just behind the campgrounds in the valley.

I would drive over to Mammoth Lakes and fish those rivers though.
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Merced and Tuolumne for starters. You can find trout in the Merced just behind the campgrounds in the valley.

I would drive over to Mammoth Lakes and fish those rivers though.
Ok, great! In my research the Merced looked like one of the better options for sure. I will look into the rivers above Mammoth lakes as well. Do you have any fly pattern suggestions and sizes for me out there? I generally fish a 3wt and catch 8 inch rainbows so this is a big step up for me! lol
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Default Re: Fly Fishing Yosemite

Sorry wrong area, i read Yosemite but thinking West Yellowstone.
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Ok, great! In my research the Merced looked like one of the better options for sure. I will look into the rivers above Mammoth lakes as well. Do you have any fly pattern suggestions and sizes for me out there? I generally fish a 3wt and catch 8 inch rainbows so this is a big step up for me! lol
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Merced River anywhere in the Valley is fishable. It's pretty heavily fished though but there are few other places in the world that have the awesome scenery.

Tuolumne Meadows is stuffed full of brook trout and not as heavily fished because visitors tend to stay in the Valley.

I'm my past experience, it seemed anywhere we went to catch fish we did, so you have a ton of options in the Park. If you are able to hike to get away from the crowds, the fishing will be better, but that's a pretty generalized statement.

Bridalveil Creek above the Valley is a pretty nice stream as well....we didn't fish the lower section by the campground however.
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I've been to the valley in Oct after the Merced has been hit hard all summer and there were still fish rising behind the camps.

Agree that SO's FF the Sierras is the best resource out there.
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