The day-long travel was well worth the wait as we ventured into the storied Yosemite National Park. Vastly different temperatures awaited us, most notably a relieving decrease of humidity. Influenced by the ever present snow, our backpacking plans were altered to explore some well known sites and some rarely visited places of the park. We made the strenuous hike up the cables of the infamous half dome, and the spectacular clouds rest. From these points we experienced vistas that only people can dream of. Later in the hike we traveled out to Washburn Lake, far from the crowds of people that clog the half dome and the valley trails. Being well-established explorers by nature, we decided to try our hand at fishing the park. Although we could have been persuaded by the many reports that suggested the park had poor fishing we were determined to find out for ourselves. In the deep woods we decided to first try our luck at Sunrise Creek, an often hiked destination off the John Muir Trail. Just as we had hoped we had great success, catching over 20 trout the first day of fishing. These native trout were clever and easy to spook, so stealth movements were essential. After fishing the creek for a couple days we tried our luck at Washburn Lake. Although some reports had shown Washburn to be a good fishing lake, we were unable to catch any fish on our visit. Due to the large amounts of snowmelt, the Merced River was up and far too rough to fly fish, except in very few slow portions. We didn’t have any luck in the Merced River. Next time we will be more prepared and the fish that were left untouched might not be so fortunate….
Til next time
Looking Down the Canyon from Cloud's Rest
David and Danny ontop of Half Dome
A small portion of Sunrise Creek
Two deer drinkin out of Sunrise Creek a couple feet from our campsite
The relection on Washburn Lake in the morning