Picture this: You’re standing at the base of El Capitan, the world’s most famous rock climb, surrounded by the matchless beauty of Yosemite National Park. How does it feel? Our experienced guides, David and Greg, take us on this exciting journey in this episode, sharing insights about the park, from its unique fishing spots to the crucial issue of bear management. We learn about the distinctive characteristics of the park and the significance of restoring the Hetch Hetchy Valley and our rivers.

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You might have heard tales of bear encounters in Yosemite, but did you know there’s never been a black bear-related fatality in the park? In an enlightening conversation, we discuss the challenges of human-bear interaction management and the critical role of rangers. On a lighter note, we delve into the world of fishing in Yosemite. Imagine casting your line in the diverse waters, waiting for the nibble of a golden trout or a German brown. David and Greg share tips and techniques to reel in the best catch, and reveal their favorite fishing spots.

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Conservation and stewardship take center stage as we shift our attention to the history and politics of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite. We probe into the potential for its restoration and its impact on the park. We also discuss the practice of good fishing ethics and the significance of passing on the knowledge of conservation and sustainability. This episode is a testament to the power of small acts of kindness and their ripple effect on the world. So, tune in, as we together explore the wonders of Yosemite, all the while learning how to plan your trip, the changes to the recreation booking process, and much more.

Show Notes with David and Greg on Yosemite Fly Fishing

(0:00:05) – Yosemite Exploration and Backcountry Fishing
Yosemite National Park offers world-famous rock climbing, renowned climbers, and the five-minute rule to explore the wilderness.

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(0:08:21) – Yosemite Fly Fishing and Backcountry Adventures
David discusses Yosemite’s waters, casting, family vacations, and beauty, as well as the differences between Yosemite and Yellowstone.

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(0:14:56) – Managing Bears and Food in Yosemite
Bear management in Yosemite National Park involves rangers, funding, food management, and awareness of dangers.

(0:23:17) – Bear Sightings and Tourist Expectations
Bears, fish, and fishing techniques in Yosemite National Park are discussed, exploring bear management, intelligence, and native species.


(0:27:38) – Fishing Trips and Expectations
Yosemite National Park protects the genetic diversity of golden trout, cutthroat, brook trout, browns, and German browns; bear management; and tips for a successful day trip.


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(0:36:02) – Sierra Fishing Strategies and Tips
We discuss water temperatures, fish, flies, casting, and bear management in Yosemite National Park.

(0:44:49) – Restoring Hetch Hetchy Valley, Environmental Impact
Exploring Yosemite National Park and its public access, we discuss big browns, restoration, public lands, bear management, fish species, water temperatures, rivers, tributaries, and fly selection.

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(1:01:24) – Responsible Catch and Release Fishing Tips
We emphasize conservation, sustainability, Native American fishing, fish tickling, barbless hooks, and teaching young people.

(1:12:00) – Fishing and Environmental Concerns
Euro Nymphing, environmental responsibility, teaching kids to fly fish, and preserving Yosemite National Park discussed.

Yosemite Outfitter’s Fishy Kids Program

(1:16:53) – The Power of Making a Difference
We discuss mental health, conservation, Leave No Trace, and optimism to make a positive change.

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(1:20:49) – The Importance of Conservation and Stewardship
Events, conservation, sustainability, public access, and fishing ethics are discussed to care for Yosemite National Park.

(1:32:37) – Conservation and Education in Yosemite
Giving, kindness, Patagonia, Yosemite National Park, planning, exploring, and diversity are discussed.

(1:36:14) – Changes to Recreation Booking Process
David shares his experience of making a difference through acts of kindness, highlighting the power of giving and its impact on environmental conservation and mental health.

Visit their website at Yosemite-Outfitter.com

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You can help by supporting these organizations in any way you can:

Restore Hetch Hetchy


Trout Unlimited

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American Rivers

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Key Takeaways:

  • Yosemite National Park offers a variety of fishing opportunities, including rivers, creeks, and lakes.
  • The park is home to five different species of fish, including rainbow trout, golden trout, cutthroat trout, brook trout, and brown trout.
  • Bear safety is crucial in the backcountry, and visitors are required to use bear canisters to store their food and scented items.
  • Fishing in Yosemite can be a rewarding experience, with the chance to catch fish in beautiful and remote locations.
  • It’s important to have realistic expectations and be prepared for changing conditions when planning a fishing trip in the park.
  • Taking action to protect and preserve the environment is crucial, and individuals can make a difference through education, conservation efforts, and supporting organizations like American Rivers and Trout Unlimited.

Highlighted Quotes:

  • “Yosemite is an inspiring place with inspiring people. It’s a pretty neat place to be able to start a day.” – David Gregory
  • “There’s always opportunities to be had that are right under your nose. So just don’t be lazy, be curious.” – Greg Nespor
  • “Managing your food properly is probably the most important thing you can do to not have any sort of issue with bears.” – Greg Nespor
  • “We cannot play a passive role as anglers anymore. We have to take responsibility and make a difference.” – David Gregory

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Conclusion with Greg and David – Yosemite Fly Fishing

Yosemite National Park offers a truly unique angling experience for fly-fishing enthusiasts. By following the advice of experienced guides and being responsible anglers, we can ensure the preservation and enjoyment of this natural wonder for future generations. As we continue to appreciate and protect Yosemite’s natural resources, the future of fly fishing in this paradise looks bright.



  1. The last part of this podcast was some of the most inspiring that I can recall. Love the idea of donating older gear. I have some old fiberglass rods; would those still useful? They work (older Pflueger medalist reels) 6 wt and 8 wt.