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Fly Fishing in Yosemite

Program Number: 21346RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/1/2014 - 6/5/2014; 5/31/2015 - 6/4/2015;
Duration: 4 nights
Location: Oakhurst, California
Price starting at: $946.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Water Sports; National Parks Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 12; 4 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; None    

There are few better places in North America to take your fly fishing skills to the next level than the rivers and streams of Yosemite National Park. Becoming a better fly fisher requires the right equipment and a knowledge of where to cast, and this adventure in an iconic location puts the pieces together for you at a value no solo fisher can match. Begin by letting certified local experts teach you how to read the river and fit you for the proper equipment. Then, during three afternoons and evenings of fishing with individualized instruction, improve your casting, fly-tying and river-reading skills while at the same time gaining firsthand knowledge of Yosemite from experts who truly know the park.




Highlights

• An avid fly fisher and experienced teacher leads classroom sessions on local streams and fly-tying techniques, and all required equipment is provided by a local outfitter.
• Fish for three days in a group of four casters and one instructor at two premier locations— on the Merced River and Big Creek in summer and on the Merced River and Tuolumne River in fall.
• Take a bus field trip to the iconic sites of Yosemite Valley, and commute through the park to each fishing location with interpretation of the natural environment, local cultural history and issues affecting the park.



Activity Particulars

Walking one mile each way on uneven terrain to and from each fishing location. Standing in moving streams during three afternoons and evenings of fly-fishing. Elevations up to 4,000 feet.



Program suitable for fishers of beginning and intermediate skill levels. Maximum group size is 16. Student-instructor ratio in the field is four to one. All equipment is provided, save for a California fishing license.



Coordinated by Evergreen Conference Center Oakhurst.




Oakhurst

With Yosemite National Park and the expansive Sierra Nevada just out the backdoor, Oakhurst is an active community and gateway to the region’s many natural splendors, including fine hiking trails and native wildlife.



Accommodations
Clean, comfortable, rustic conference center on 162 forested acres, walking trails on-site. Rooms are without televisions or telephones (both available in main lodge).
Meals and Lodgings
   Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
  Oakhurst 4 nights
 Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Type: Conference Center
  Description: Program begins with registration 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Please do not plan to arrive before 2:00 PM or later than 6:00 PM. (Sleeping rooms may not be available until 4:00 PM.) You are asked to check out of your sleeping rooms by 9:00 a.m. on Friday; however program ends after lunch.
  Contact info: 43803 Highway 41
Oakhurst, CA 93644 USA
phone: 559-683-8162
web: www.eccoyosemite.org
  Room amenities: All rooms have private baths.
  Facility amenities: In keeping with our tranquil retreat setting, you are not disturbed by the distraction of televisions or telephones in sleeping rooms. Satellite TV is available in the main lodge, as well as a recreation room with ping pong/game tables. Our "Fourth Green" Recreation Complex features fields for basketball, volleyball, football/soccer and horseshoes. Walking/hiking trails on-site and nearby, including a self-interpretive nature trail on ECCO grounds. The towns of Oakhurst, Bass Lake, North Fork and Mariposa feature a number of fine arts galleries and museums. Bass Lake offers swimming/boating opportunities 5 miles from ECCO.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after:  Unfortunately we are unable to offer early arrivals or extended stayovers beyond the scope of our published program times.
  Check out time: 9:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:00 pm You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) that night.
  End of Program:
12:00 pm You will be staying at Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO) the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. California State Sport Fishing License. see the website http://www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/fishing/fishdescrip.html
  Parking availability:
Parking is available in front of each lodge room. Limited parking is available in front of the dining hall and classrooms.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Oakhurst
  Nearest city or town:  ECCO is 4 miles north of the center of Oakhurst
  Nearest highway: ECCO is set 1 mile back from Highway 41.
  Nearest airport:  Fresno/Yosemite International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Oakhurst
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Fresno, CA

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
ECCO
phone: 559-683-8162
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75.00 - subject to change until reservation is confirmed with ECCO
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

50 miles

   

ECCO highly recommends renting a vehicle if at all possible, for free time options. ECCO shuttle is available only on program opening/closing days; maximum capacity is 4 persons. Other private transportation companies are available in our area; call Kristen at 559/683-8162 for names and contact information.

 
Driving Directions
  Eastern Sierra via Tioga Road (Note: Tioga Road is closed from the first snowfall in November through May or June--if you travel close to those dates, call 209/372-0200 for up-to-the-minute road conditions.) From Hwy 395 take Hwy 120 westbound. You will travel through some of the most beautiful parts of Yosemite, dropping down into Yosemite Valley. Watch the signs for Hwy 41 southbound. Take Hwy 41 southbound toward Oakhurst. (It will be 1 to 1-1/2 hours’ driving time from Yosemite Valley.) After exiting the park’s south gate, travel approximately 12 miles. ECCO will be on the left, after the turn to Cedar Valley Road. Watch carefully because the signs are a little hard to see from this direction. Keep an eye out for the Christ Church sign, since we share a parking lot with them. Once you’ve turned into the Christ Church parking lot, follow the signs one mile back to ECCO.
  From Fresno Yosemite International Airport BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS WILL USUALLY SEND YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS PLEASE. From FYI turn left on Clinton Avenue. Cross McKinley Avenue, which becomes Peach Avenue. Turn right at the on-ramp to Fwy 180 headed westbound. Merge onto Hwy 41 northbound (toward Yosemite). Stay on Hwy 41 for approximately 45 miles. You will drop down into a valley where the town of Oakhurst is located. At the traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 41 and Hwy 49, YOU WILL NOT TURN. This is just for identification purposes. Stay on Hwy 41 approximately 4 miles north of Oakhurst. ECCO is on the right. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. On our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The driveway ends at ECCO.
  From Northern California Take Hwy 99 south. Exit on Hwy 140 east (toward Yosemite). At the intersection with Hwy 49, turn right. Hwy 49 dead ends at Hwy 41 in Oakhurst. Turn left on Hwy 41. ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49. Stay on Hwy 41 approximately 4 miles north of Oakhurst. ECCO is on the right. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. On our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The driveway ends at ECCO.
  From San Francisco Airport BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY. PLEASE FOLLOW THESE DIRECTIONS. Take Hwy 101 south to Gilroy. Exit eastbound on Hwy 152 and stay on 152 until it merges southbound with Hwy 99. Exit on Hwy 145. At the end of the offramp turn left. Go over the freeway and turn right. Turn right again on Cleveland Avenue. Continue on Cleveland about a mile to 145. Turn left on 145. Go about 20 miles then turn left on Hwy 41. Once you drop down into Oakhurst, ECCO is 4 miles north of the intersection of Hwy 41 & Hwy 49 on Hwy 41. Our driveway on HWY 41 is just a few feet after you pass Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. Once on our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The one mile driveway ends at ECCO.
  From Southern California: BE AWARE THAT GPS AND ONLINE MAPS OFTEN LEAD YOU DOWN THE WRONG DRIVEWAY FOR ECCO. PLEASE USE THESE DIRECTIONS. Take Interstate 5 north to Hwy 99. Take Hwy 99 north to Fresno. In Fresno take Hwy 41 north toward Yosemite. ECCO is approximately 1 hour from Fresno. On Hwy 41 you will go up into the Sierra foothills and then drop down into the valley where Oakhurst is located. Although you will stay on Hwy 41, your first landmark will be the traffic signal at Hwy 41 and Hwy 49 in Oakhurst. Continue north, toward Yosemite for approximately 4 miles. ECCO will be on the right-hand side of the road just past Road 632. We share a driveway with Christ Church. Once on our driveway, continue past the church and a small retirement community. The one mile driveway ends at ECCO.
Elevation Note: Elevations at field trip destinations are at about 4,000 ft.

Equipment Requirements: All equipment necissary will be provided except for a proper fishing license.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to our home! Arrival, social hour, dinner, and orientation.
(Sunday, June 1)
   
 Dinner: Please plan to arrive at ECCO between 3 and 5 p.m. After check-in, take time to relax before our get-acquainted social hour with a brief orientation beginning at 5 p.m. Dinner follow at 6 p.m.
 Evening: We'll have a time of getting to know our group leaders and other participants. After anwering questions, we'll end with a video introducing Yosemite.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Dive into an overview class on area stream ecology. Fine tune your casting techniques with our experts. Finish the day with a fly tying class. Use those supplies and skills during your free time throughout the week.
(Monday, June 2)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
 Morning: Meet your instructor, an avid fly fisher, who specializes in teaching. He will better acquaint us with local streams and valuable habitats they provide. Also, learn the art "reading the water."
 Lunch: Lunch in Lyles dining hall.
 Afternoon: Get fitted with the clothing and equipment you'll be using all week. Fine tune your casting skills at ECCO's pond with our professional fly fishing guides.
 Dinner: Dinner in Lyles dining hall. Dinner will feature a delicious main entree of beef, chicken, fish, or pasta. Always served with salad, vegetables,and dessert.
 Evening: Join our lead instructor in a short fly tying class. All materials are included. Use that materials and skills to fly ties in your free time for the rest of the week.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Fishing at the South Fork of the Merced River.
(Tuesday, June 3)

Note: The bus trip into Yosemite is about 1.5 hours each direction. Walking to the fishing location is approximately 1 mile, each direction, on uneven terrain.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
 Morning: Class time. We will focus on learning more about different streams that originate in Yosemite. Emphasis will be on entomology. Together, we'll also study past, present and future park challenges as they relate to creek, streams, and rivers.
 Lunch: Lunch at Lyles dining hall. Lunch includes a combination of several of items. Examples include Asian salad and spring rolls, taco bar, chef salad, Hamburger/Turkey burger or rib sandwiches. All entrees include salad and soup.
 Afternoon: Board bus for fishing destination in the Yosemite National Park.
 Dinner: A boxed dinner from ECCO will be provided to eat on location. Sit on shores of the wilderness stream and share stories of the "one that got away" . . . or the one that didn't!
 Evening: Arrive back to the bus before dark and depart for ECCO.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Sit back and relax on a wonderful bus tour of Yosemite Valley. Enjoy lunch at the historic Wawona Hotel. Spend the afternoon and evening fishing Big Creek in the Wawona area of Yosemite.
(Wednesday, June 4)

Note: To access the fishing site, walking up to 1 mile each direction on uneven terrain is required.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
 Morning: Board the bus for a field trip to Yosemite Valley. Stop at famous sites like tunnel view, Bridalveil Falls, Sentinel Bridge, the Ahwahnee Hotel and El Capitan Meadows.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the historic Wawona Hotel.
 Afternoon: Hike into a private corner of the meandering Big Creek to fish.
 Dinner: A boxed dinner from ECCO will be provided to eat on location. Sit on shores of the wilderness stream and share stories of the "one that got away" . . . or the one that didn't!
 Evening: Arrive back to the bus before dark and depart for ECCO.
   
Accommodations: Evergreen Conference Center, Oakhurst (ECCO)
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Final class highlighting the health and quality of the Yosemite area streams. Investigate past, present, and future park policies and challenges.
(Thursday, June 5)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in Lyles dining hall. Daily we serve a variety of item buffet style. Items may include a combination of eggs, potatoes, sausage, toast or biscuit, breakfast sandwich, quiche, pancakes. Always available at breakfast is hot and cold cereal, fresh fruit, yogurt, and granola.
 Morning: Room check out is at 9:00 AM. Please vacate your room before the morning activity. We will take a short trip to Lewis Creek (1-5 miles from ECCO) and fish on this more technical stream. Our professional guide will help you put your recent improved techniques into practice.
 Lunch: Lunch in Lyles dining hall. Please return your "rented" fishing equipment. Departure after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Oakhurst Bass Lake
Bass Lake is one of the most popular vacation spots in Central California. The lake was created back in 1899. It was enlarged 6 years later, and work on the present dam began in 1909. At 3,500 feet in the southern Sierra Nevada mountains, the 4-mile long lake is on the north fork of Willow Creek which is a tributary of the San Joaquin River. Its waters turn powerful, electricity-producing turbine engines for Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E), the world's largest non-government utility. Because of its altitude, it's not unsual for Bass Lake to have snow on the ground for several weeks during the winter--not tons of snow...but enough snow to carry chains in your trunk...and, as locals put it, enough snow to be beautiful but not bothersome. Bass Lake is popular for all of the right reasons. It's close to California's Central Valley (1 hour from Fresno) via Highway 41 and only 20 minutes from Yosemite. Nature lovers appreciate the lake, and so do fishermen--it's stocked with trout, bass, salmon, catfish, crappie and bluegill. Water skiers appreciate the warm water--75 to 78 degrees in the summer. The lake has excellent marina facilities.
  Fresno Flats Historical Site
Fresno Flats Historic Park recaptures the flavor of 19th Century life in the Sierra Nevada foothills and mountains of Central California. Eastern Madera County is the southern end of the historic Mother Lode gold fields, but the people who settled here came not so much for gold but more to build their lives and raise their families, making their living as farmers, merchants and using the rich natural resources of the mountains. The museum complex is built around two restored and furnished homes dating to the 1870s. Both have been designated by the State of California as Points of Historical Interest for their unique construction styles once common throughout Northern California, but virtually unknown today. They were saved from demolition, moved to Fresno Flats Historical Park and restored by the volunteers of Sierra Historic Sites Association, as were a pair of early-day one-room schools, two 19th Century jails and several other farm buildings. For additional information, visit www.fresnoflatsmuseum.org/about.html
  Sierra Mono Museum
Sierra Mono Indian Museum Roads 225 & 228, North Fork 9:00 - 4:00 Tuesday-Saturday 559-877-2115 Admission: $3/Adults $2/Seniors $1/Students The North Fork Mono Tribe is the original inhabitant of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The tribe consists of two clans: the golden eagle and the coyote, both of which are represented at the entrance to the museum. The Mono way of life is featured in the museum through examples of fishing, hunting, acorn gathering, cooking, healing, basketmaking, games and ceremonies. Also featured is the Tettleton Wildlife Collection, one of the finest in California.
  Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad
The Yosemite Mountain Sugar Pine Railroad is a restoration of the old narrow gauge Madera Sugar Pine Lumber Company Railroad. A section of the original railbed has been reconstructed using the same techniques used at the turn of the century. Two vintage Shay steam locomotives have been brought in from the Westside Lumber company and restored to provide authentic motive power for the trains. Shay number 15 was built in 1913 and weighs 60 tons. Number 10, built in 1928 weighs 83 tons and is the heavest operating narrow guage Shay locomotive today. Railcars once used to provide transportation for logging and track repair crews have been refurbished and are now operated for passenger excursion. Antique Model "A" Ford gas engines power the trolley-like "Jenny" cars over the route. For additional information, visit www.ymsprr.com/
  Yosemite Sierra Visitors Bureau
Check out the Yosemite-Sierra Visitors' Bureau for the wealth of activities available to visitors to our area, from photo, art and antique galleries to outdoor recreation activities to many sites of historical interest. For additional information, visit www.yosemitethisyear.com
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


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