Time: The best time to fish the Double Meadows Section of the Tuolumne is July to November 15th. Due to its elevation, the water temperature will stay colder in this section all summer and the fishing can be productive for any angler with a stealthy approach and a quality cast.
Location: The Double Meadows Section starts where the PCT crosses the Tuolumne River(west of the junction of the Tuolumne River and Conness Creek)and ends where Highway 120(Tioga Road) crosses the Tuolumne River, east of Tuolumne Meadows. It encompasses the main Tuolumne Meadows area, hundreds of yards of cascades that produces small waterfalls and large holding pools and a few miles of flat meadow sections that ranges from very shallow to 2-5 feet in depth.
Tips/Hints: In the Tuolumne Meadows section, expect to see more people than on other sections of this location. With easy access from the main road, visitors enjoy walking along the river banks and enjoying the lovely scenery or in fly fishing terms, spooking trout. It would be best for any angler that wants to fish the main meadow section to arriver around sunrise to beat the crowds or to wait until dusk and fish the meadow section right before sunset. Heading west from Tuolumne Meadows, anglers will encounter the cascading section, this is a great spot for throwing nymphs and streamers/wooly buggers. After the cascading section and before the canyon section, anglers will find another meadow section that very few anglers fish. This area is great for small dry flies and bank fly fishing. It's also good for trying to land a 12 to 14 inch brown that is holding under the far bank. Again, stealth is everything in this areas!
YFFG Flies of Choice: (Drys) Yellow Sallies sizes 14 to 18, BWO sizes 16 to 20, Black Ants size 14 to 18 and Black Caddis size 14 to 18. (Nymphs) Prince Nymphs sizes 14 to 20, Flash back Hares Ears sizes 16 to 20 and Rainbow Warriors size 16 to 20.
This is a wonderful section of water to fish while the rest of Yosemite is packed with summer visitors. Your distance from the main road will usually determine the quality of your fly fishing experience...less is not more in this equation. :)
YFFG will break down the canyon section west of the Double Meadows Section in a future post, so stay tuned to learn more about Yosemite's Fly Fishing Waters!
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