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    I am looking at a backpacking trip the first 2 weeks in June. What advice can you give me about don't miss rivers and streams in Yosemite. Is there a problem with runoff this time of year or is typically done with by then? Any and all advice appreciated!

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    Default Re: Yosemite early June?

    I'm 41 and visited Yosemite once back in the 90s.

    For most streams and lakes, just bring a standard assortment of Sierra flies.

    If you hike into Cherry Lake, Elanor Lake, or Hetch Hetchy, bring some streamers. A reliable source told me that you will could have some shots at big browns.

    If I recall correctly, Jimmie, who posts regularly, lives in this region.

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    I'm glad that MP posted with some info. Even though I get into Yosemite once or twice a year it's never that early. My experience with other high Sierra visits that time of year is you will still have snow on northern slopes at higher elevations, and it can get cold. Water flows are still heavy.
    You can fish Yosemite (Merced River) but you must familiarize yourself with the landmarks stated in the regs. For example pt A to pt B artificial only, etc, etc. The Merced River is a gorgeous spot. I've never fished in Yosemite but have fished outside the nothwest gate on the Tuolome (sp). The areas I've been took some scarey climbing to get down to the rivers edge. Wish that I could tell you more about fishing in the park. All I know I got from talking with Rangers who were very willing to share.

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    Hi Wess,

    Welcome to the forum. As you see there are answers to most every question you may ask here. You have signed onto one of the best sources of information for the fly fisherman.

    When you have time why not post an introduction telling us where you live and where you fish often. There may be a member in your neighborhood.

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    Hi wesswank,

    Welcome to the forum. I was born and raised in Fresno but never fished the Park. Her is a link to some information about fishing Yosemite. Get a little more Sough and I can help you out.

    In most cases the same flies works all along the Sierras. I always had good luck with Adams Irresistible, Black Gnat and the California Mosquito. I would bet those flies still work.

    Frank

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    That time of year the runoff will be pretty high depending on the snow pack. Additionally, you could run into quite a few bugs. Water flow is usually back in the normal range mid to late July.
    Time flies like an arrow, trout flies like a river.

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    Here's a look at the Merced River. I think that I took this at the end of October (???), or close to that date.
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    Me again, LOL. Sorry for the multiple posts but this was too good not to come back and share. Trust me the guide, Jimmie, that they talk about is not me.
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    It all depends on how fast it gets warm this spring. If it gets hot soon, it will be big scary and mostly unfishable till July. Last year was the perfect melt, stayed cool a long time, and the water was fishy through spring. Take bead heads, and some bling, as well as dries, (like the ones Frank suggested).
    The more pressure, the sneekier you have to be. Hike and climb a little, and they get easier to catch. If streams are blown, fish the lakes. They hold some nice fish. Maybe, take a tube.
    Might want to take a tying kit in case you see a cool bug or two, not many shops around there.

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    there are stores in Bridgeport, Lee Vining and Mammoth Lakes that all carry fly fishing gear as well as fishing reports. Any questions you have on the area I would call one of them and ask away.
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    Default Re: Yosemite early June?

    Pack's right, about east side stores, but all are a bit of a drive if you come in from the West side of the park. They have a general store in Yosemite valley, and a few flies at the store in the meadow too.
    Once you are in the park, options go down, and prices go up.
    Hope you enjoy the trip, and have some fish porn to post!

    Jim
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