With the Stan and Tuolumne blown out, a few weeks ago Thomas and I decided to take out the pontoons and float down the Merced river from the hatchery down to the park in Snelling. Check out the map.
The float itself was actually very chill and relaxing with little rapids along the way. You kind of just float for a bit and pick and choose your spot to fish. There are many good spots along the river that will produce I believe. This trip, being our first time going down the river, was more of a recon mission. We fished some random patterns and came across a few fish including these two. It really made for a great day.