The wild trout has led humans on merry chases up and down rivers for generations, but the guides at Sierra Fly Fisher Tours have learned all the wily fish’s tricks—even those of the elusive golden trout. They possess the expertise to track the animals in spring, summer, fall, or winter, navigating the uncrowded waters of national parks from Yosemite to Kings Canyon. For the guides, the excursion’s allure involves the challenge of fly-fishing and the stunning California scenery, rather than making every catch into a meal. Instead, they try to preserve the species in local waters by emphasizing a catch-and-release philosophy, an ideology that makes for responsible fishermen and irresponsible police officers.
Millerton Lake Marina is located in Millerton Lake's Winchell Cove, where it houses boats up to 20 feet long in 330 wet slips and 55 dry slips. The marina also rents pontoon boats for recreational use and features a snack bar that sells ice cream, chips, and candy.
The enthusiastic staff at Bass Lake Water Sports furnishes a fleet of water-recreation vessels that are ideal for friends and familial units bound for five-hour H2O excursions. Get vertical on a paddleboard, balancing atop its smooth surface while using the long oar to bop back-talking waves on their heads. Canoes and kayaks slice through the lake's pristine waters and provide boaters with ample glimpses of the surrounding scenery, and paddleboats encourage leg muscles to propel them on an aqueous jaunt toward meet-and-greets with watercraft-loving otters. The five-hour rental time allows partakers ample opportunity to exercise as well as relax, much like running a marathon before watching a movie marathon.
Since its founding in 1935, Mono Hot Springs Resort has housed the healing secrets of the mineral springs within its mountain-lined perimeter. After bunking in simple stone cabins complete with cozy fireplaces or staking out spots for tents perched atop wooden platforms, visitors can decamp to the onsite health spa, where massage therapists knead out kinks, and hot springs soothe aches with natural minerals.
A slew of outdoor activities feeds addictions to fresh air, challenging muscles to hikes along woodsy trails leading to the teetering boulder of Balancing Rock or gushing waters of Bear Diversion Dam. The waves of Doris Lake lap at a more leisurely pace, heated by the warm springs from which they spill and invite swimmers to take a dip. Lakes also host fishing and boating, and a nearby stable saddles up steeds for horseback riding. After finishing outdoor excursions or therapeutic soaks, guests can hunt for meal components in the general store or feast on buffalo ribs and mountain views on the restaurant's covered deck.
After spending his last shot, a shooter waits for the automatic retrieval system to bring his target back and show his accuracy. Each lane on The Firing Line's 25-yard indoor pistol and rifle range sports an automatic target-placement system, which lets marksmen sharpen their aim across both short- and long-range scenarios. In addition to supervising the range and maintaining house rules, The Firing Line's arms experts also lead classroom training that ranges from youth safety workshops to certification courses for NRA range-safety officers. Memberships grant sportsmen privileges such as gun rentals—The Firing Line plans to add gun rentals for nonmembers in the near future, as well as gunsmithing for clients in need of firearm restoration or something to do with all their inheritance from Uncle Dirty Harry.
The experienced staff at POWER trains athletes of all ages at three Central Valley locations. Boot camp classes get grown-ups fit with thrice-weekly workouts designed to help them reach fitness goals. Participants bring hand weights to each session, and leave with instructions for at-home workouts for days off. Meanwhile, across padded floors and rows of trampolines, kids and teenagers in cheerleading classes tumble and spring their way to pep-rally mastery. Lead by USASF-certified instructors, each class focuses on team-energizing spirit and nurtures the dedication, commitment, and level of fitness that cheerleading requires. Whether practicing cheers or building human pyramids to astonish archeologists, students learn gymnastics skills that boost both strength and flexibility, readying them for school functions and competitions.