Yosemite is a crown jewel of America’s National Parks. Its iconic waterfalls and rock landscapes captivate millions of visitors a year. The majority of these tourists barely scratch the surface. Astute anglers will find some 250 fish bearing lakes and countless miles of rivers and creeks to explore. Approximately 95% of the parks 1200 square miles are pristine wilderness and a must-fish for any California angler. The area gets less attention, and less fishing pressure than the better know Eastern Sierra.
Our October presenter, David Gregory has for the past decade formed a deep connection to Yosemite and the cool crystal waters of the Merced River. A classic trout stream of extreme beauty that will leave you feeling hooked. His program will take you on an aquatic adventure on the Gold Country Rivers – the Merced, Tuolumne and the Stanislaus.
The West Slope of the Sierra Nevada offers solitude, scenery, and year-round fishing. A five hour drive from Los Angeles will take you to the banks of the mighty Merced River. There is a reverence and irrevocable history in this section of the Merced River. John Muir once wrote of the area “The place seemed holy, where one might hope to see God.” When needing to escape, contemplate, or feel a deep connection to the natural world, head to the cool crystal waters of the Merced River. For the non-angler, the area includes the John Muir Trail, often called “America’s most famous trail”. It meanders through the second largest roadless area in the lower 48 and provides some of the best Alpine scenery this country has to offer. Not to mention, daily opportunities to catch wild trout. The trail’s jaw dropping views and colossal mountains will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the Sierra Nevada.
David has a B.S. in Parks and Recreation Management and is a graduate of Clearwater Guide School. He is enthusiastically devoted to sharing his love of fly fishing and works as a fulltime guide with Yosemite Fly Fishers.