Rates, Trip Details, and Policies

Stream Fishing Rates:

HALF DAY (4 hrs fishing time): $335 for two anglers, includes all fishing and wading gear.

FULL DAY (6 hrs fishing time): $435 for two anglers, includes all fishing and wading gear, and also includes lunch.

Alpine Lake Fishing Rates:

FULL DAY (6 hrs hiking and fishing time): $435 for two anglers, includes all fishing and wading gear, and also includes lunch.

Rates are the same for one angler or two anglers, additional anglers are charged $95 per person for half day trips and $125 per person for full day trips.

Generally we limit our trips to 4 anglers and families are welcome, but anglers need to be aware that it is usually difficult for us to have more than 2 people fishing at one time on streams. We do allow "tag-alongs" (family/friends that would like to accompany, but not fish) at NO EXTRA CHARGE.

All of our trips are private and you will not be combined with other groups. Transportation to and from the fishing location(s) does not count against your fishing time.


Before booking we will request that you complete a Client Details Sheet for us to review. Also, our insurance company requires us to have you sign a Acknowledgement of Risks Form . Minors (18 yrs or less) will need the signature of a parent, guardian, or custodian.
Pocket Water Fishing on the Tuolumne River

A 50% deposit is required to reserve a guided trip date and the balance is due on the day of the trip. If you are booking a trip within two weeks of your trip date we require the full trip amount. We can not hold a trip date for you until we have a deposit. Your deposit can be made by personal check, or by using PayPal or a Credit Card. Please have cash available for your remaining balance due on the day of the trip. If you wish to pay your remaining balance by Paypal or Credit Card, you will need to do so by the day before your trip.

Our cancellation policy is more lenient than most guide services. If reservations are cancelled more than fifteen days before a scheduled trip, a full refund of deposit will be issued. Deposits are forfeited on trips cancelled less than fifteen days before trip date. Cancellations due to extreme weather or conditions will be rescheduled, or deposit will be refunded if preferred by client.

MEET UP LOCATION: Your guide will contact you regarding a meet time and location approximately one week before your trip date. We tend to meet our guests at Highway 120 and Evergreen Road , which is 1 mile from the Big Oak Flat Gate Entrance to Yosemite Park. Directions from popular locations and lodgings in and around Yosemite can be found here as well. We do not have phone communication at the meet-up location and it is important that you arrive on time.

If you have not already arranged lodging, we can recommend accomodations that are convenient to where you will be fishing. Lodging options are listed on our Lodging page.


Fishing Tackle - We provide basic outfits (rod, reel, fly line) and terminal tackle including leaders, tippet material, split shot, floatant, indicators, and flies.

If you have and prefer to fish with your own equipment, we recommend 4 to 6 weight rods with matching reels. Experienced casters can use 2 to 3 weight rods. For leaders, a 7.5 ft or 9 ft leader tapering to 5x is best; also bring 5x, 6x, and 7x tippet (flourocarbon is preferred).

Wading Gear - Many other local guides will only fish you from the bank, but we want you to have the full experience including wading, which will give you access to a lot more fish. We outfit our clients with waders, wading boots, wading belts, and wading staffs if needed, at no extra charge. For Fall, Winter, and Spring fishing, you should bring wool or other heavy type socks and fleece pants, sweat pants, or jeans to wear under your waders.
Trout Feeding on the South Fork Tuolumne

If you are bringing your own wading gear, we recommend breathable waders, wading belt, wading staff, and wading boots with felt or rubber soles (spiked boots are OK, but non-spiked are preferrable for our streams).

During the summer, we will typically be "wet wading". We recommend that you wear swim trunks or shorts that you dont mind getting wet, wool or other heavy socks, neoprene wading socks (such as Simm's "Guard Socks"), and your wading boots. Also bring your wading staff. Again, we can outfit you with the neoprene wading socks, wading boots and wading staff if you do not have them.

For shirts and/or jackets, you are better off with a color that camouflages you with the trees or sky. So, shades of olive, green, or blue are preferred. Avoid white or bright colors as they will spook the fish.

Photography - Our guides carry high quality waterproof digital cameras and can take photographs of you with your fish, fishing companions, and the beautiful Sierra scenery that you will be fishing in. Your photographs will be emailed to you at no extra charge.

You are welcome to bring your own camera or cell phone but we will be in a wet environment and discourage the transport and use of cameras that are not waterproof while fishing. If you wish to bring a non-waterproof camera, be sure to bring a waterproof bag to protect it.

Food - Lunch, snacks and bottled water are provided on all full-day trips. Your guide will discuss any special dietary needs or preferences with you in advance. Half-day trips do not include lunch, but your guide will provide bottled water.


Fishing Licenses
- are available online and they may be printed for use. California residents will need a "Resident Sport Fishing License", and those that do not reside in California will need a "Non-Resident Sport Fishing License". One, Two, and Ten Day Sport Fishing Licenses are also an option.

Within Yosemite National Park, licenses can be purchased at "The Village Sport Shop" which is located in Yosemite Village, next to the Village Store and Village Grill. If you are lodging in Yosemite, you can alternatively inquire with the concierge desk of your hotel for assistance with ordering a license online and printing it.

Our guides are prohibited from guiding clients who do not have a valid sport fishing license in possession, so be sure to aquire one. If your guide needs to take time to aquire a license on the day of your trip (because you forgot to get or bring one), it will go against your fishing time. Children under the age of 16 are not required to have a fishing license.

Sunglasses & Raingear - are highly recommended. The sunglasses should be polarized (cutting surface glare and allowing easier wading and fish spotting) and they are essential eye protection as well. If you do not have polarized sunglasses, we can provide them.

Raingear makes life more pleasant in an unexpected cloudburst, so come prepared. If visiting during cold weather, be prepared to "layer" clothing as well.

- are not included in our guide fees, but are appreciated by our hard-working guides. If you feel that you've received good service, feel free to show your gratitude.
Middle Fork Tuolumne River


We are licensed, insured and bonded for guiding in California and operate under special use permits with Yosemite National Park and Stanislaus National Forest. All of our guides have training in First Aid and CPR.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

To file a complaint of discrimination, write USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (202) 720-5964 (voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

To plan or book your guided trip, or for more information, please contact Peter Thompson at (831) 345-8203 or email Peter: peter@yosemitesierraflyfishing.com.