Fish are an elusive prey, fleeing into reefs to evade anglers and spontaneously sprouting legs to run away from Charles Darwin. Track down slippery targets with today's Groupon: for $199, you get a full-day guided fly-fishing trip for up to two people from Sierra Fly Fisher Tours (a $400 value). Each participant must obtain a California state fishing license beforehand; one-day licenses may be purchased online or at a sporting-goods store for an additional fee ($14.07/person).
The seasoned fishermen at Sierra Fly Fisher Tours lead parties on fishing expeditions into the Sierra Nevada mountains, trolling for bites from the bubbling brooks of Kings Canyon to the rarely visited waters of Sequoia National Park or sprawling vistas of Yosemite National Park. During full-day trips, Orvis-endorsed guides lead clients along bountiful streams, navigating without the use of GPS devices or compasses that always point toward moss. Under the instructor’s patient, guiding hand, anglers learn and practice the fundamentals of baiting the line and casting it so it lands softly on the water. As fish such as brown, rainbow, and brook trout are caught throughout the day, the group photographs them and attaches diplomatic cables to their fins before releasing them back into the wild. Guides provide all the necessary equipment needed for the trip, eliminating the need to fill packs with gear beforehand.
Our customers loved this deal last year, earning Sierra Fly Fisher Tours a spot on Groupon's Best of 2011 list.
Sierra Fly Fisher Tours
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.