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Tuolumne River - Middle Fork - California

Hatch Chart - Best Access/Spots - Local Fish - About

Water Flow Chart

Using Water Flow Charts & Weather Reports: Begin with our water flow charts to grasp stream velocity and volume – look for stable or rising trends to pinpoint ideal fishing times. Learn to interpret sudden spikes or drops, which can indicate potential challenges. Next, consult our weather reports to understand ambient conditions. Pairing the two, you can anticipate fish behavior, choose the right gear, and select the best fishing spots. Use these tools together for a holistic approach to your next fishing adventure.

In-Depth Weather

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Hatch Chart

Month Hatch Time of Day Recommended Fly Sizes Popular Fly Patterns
January Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Black Beauty, Zebra Midge
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 BWO Emerger, Parachute Adams
February Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Griffith's Gnat, Midge Larva
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Pheasant Tail Nymph, Olive Wooly Bugger
March Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Gray Midge, Al's Rat
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Tungsten Micro Mayfly, Split Case BWO
March Browns Afternoon #12-14 March Brown Nymph, Adams Dry Fly
April March Browns Afternoon #12-14 March Brown Wet, Parachute Adams
Caddis Evening #14-18 Pupae & Larvae, X-Caddis
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 RS2, WD-40
Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Snowshoe Midge, Midge X
May Stoneflies Morning/Afternoon #8-12 Golden Stone, Skwala Stone
Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Magic Midge, Disco Midge
June Stoneflies Morning/Afternoon #6-10 Kaufmann's Stone, Girdle Bug
July Terrestrials (Ants, Beetles, Hoppers) Midday #10-16 Dave's Hopper, Black Beetle
August Terrestrials (Ants, Beetles, Hoppers) Midday #10-16 Letort Hopper, Flying Ant
September Terrestrials (Ants, Beetles, Hoppers) Midday #10-16 Joe's Hopper, Foam Ant
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 CDC BWO Emerger, Flashback Pheasant Tail
October Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 BWO Sparkle Dun, RS2
Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Emerger Midge, WD-40
November Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Floss Midge, Tiny Blue Winged Olive
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Blue Winged Olive, BWO CDC Dun
December Midges Morning/Evening #20-22 Bead Head Zebra Midge, Griffith’s Gnat
Blue Wing Olives Afternoon #18-22 Hi-vis BWO, Foam Wing Emerger

While we strive to ensure the precision of our hatch charts, some reflect broader river region insights. Through ongoing partnerships with local guides and fly shops, we’re committed to refining our data. Should you notice any inconsistencies or have feedback, we welcome you to reach out. 

Best Fishing Spots

The Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River is ripe with excellent spots for fly fishing. Here are a few noteworthy places:
  • Cherry Creek: This tributary of the river is cherished by fishermen for its plentiful trout biodiversity.
  • Muir Gorge: A picture-perfect stretch of the river, Muir Gorge offers remote fly fishing opportunities, often yielding excellent results with heavier nymphs.
  • God’s Bath: A popular swimming hole, this spot also offers prime fly fishing areas. The steep terrain may require some careful navigation.
  • Kibbie Creek: Another tributary of the Tuolumne, fishing here can be incredibly rewarding, thanks to its isolated location and healthy trout population.
  • Clavey River: This spot is challenging due to rapids but is well-loved by expert fly fishers for its large trout.
Remember, always follow local fishing regulations and respect the natural environment while enjoying your fly fishing expedition.

Best Access Points

The Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River offers various access points suitable for a remarkable fly fishing experience. The top three preferred access points are:

  • Cherry Lake Road: It starts near Groveland and runs along the Middle Fork for several miles, providing ample opportunities for roadside fishing.
  • Wards Ferry Bridge: This is the lowest point you can access the river. Deep pools in this region cater to trophy-sized fishes.
  • The Tuolumne River Trail: It stretches 23 miles from Tuolumne Meadows to the White Wolf Campground. It offers multiple river access spots, where trout are plentiful.

Remember to always respect private property rights while accessing these points, and adhere to catch-and-release principles to sustain the river’s healthy fish population. Enjoy your adventure!

Local Fish

  • Brown Trout: This fish is a popular target for fly fishers due to its large size and strong resistance.
  • Rainbow Trout: Known for its vibrant colors, Rainbow Trout are highly sought after by fly fishers in the Tuolumne River.
  • Brook Trout: A smaller species of trout, attractive for its unique spots and colors.
  • Golden Trout: This rare and beautiful fish is a favorite target for fly fishing. Its stunning golden hue makes it a prized catch.
  • Whitefish: Even though it’s not a trout, whitefish are often targeted by fly fishers for their ability to fight.
  • Smallmouth Bass: Smallmouth Bass are popular for their aggressive strikes and vigorous fight.
  • Largemouth Bass: Similar to the Smallmouth Bass, the Largemouth Bass is also popular because it is larger in size and provides an exciting fight.
  • Bluegill: While they are smaller in size, Bluegill are known for their willingness to bite at many types of flies.

About The River

The Tuolumne River – Middle Fork is a glorious testament to California’s breathtaking wilderness. Originating in the snow packed peaks of Yosemite National Park, it meanders a whopping 111 miles before converging with the San Joaquin River. Its history is rich and steeped in natural wonder. Remember, the Middle Fork has been:
  • Home to the indigenous tribes: This river was a critical lifeline for the people of the Sierra Miwok, Paiute, and Gold Rush–era miners, providing both sustenance and a mode of transportation.
  • A stage for the Gold Rush: The river saw bustling activity during California’s Gold Rush period as miners flocked to its banks hoping to strike it rich.
  • Witness to numerous wildlife: The river’s location and fertile grounds make it a flourishing ecosystem, home to diverse wildlife including Rainbow trout, Black bears, and Mule deer.
Treasured for its spectacular white water rafting experiences, the Middle Fork continues to thrive, attracting thrill seekers and nature lovers alike seeking its pure, untamed beauty.
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