Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 21, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The upper Kern has cleared up from the recent rains and is fishing good. Here are a few pics from the 20 mile section last week . For those of you that are fishing for hatchery fish, the “Fish and Wild Life” will be stocking the 20 mile section on Tuesday with 3 to 4lb trout for the Thanksgiving weekend.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Lake Isabella – Fishing ok for bass

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Muddy On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.

South Fork of the Kern Closed

Introduction to Fly Fishing in the Surf Clinic

Saturday November 25, 2017 in Ventura or

Saturday December 2, 2017 in Pismo Beach CA

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Beginner and Intermediate Clinics

Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #1  in Kernville Saturday December 9, 2017 8am to 12pm

Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #2  in Kernville Saturday December 9, 2017 1pm to 5pm

Intermediate Clinic in Kernville Sunday December 10, 2017 8am to 4pm

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Stoneflys are coming to Discovery -Ventura Friday November 24, 2017 @9pm

Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 6, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge remains open to fly fishing all year. On November 15, the wild trout section becomes catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.

Fall fly fishing at its best. Flows on the 20 mile section are around 300 cfs and the river continues to fish very well as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. Water temps are starting around 45 degrees and warming up to about 52 degrees in the afternoon. Rainbows are very active in the afternoon. There is a  BWO hatch at 1pm ish along with Slate Drakes and Caddis. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams.

Lake Isabella – Fishing good for bass from the shore. Poppers!

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good! On November 15, the wild trout section becomes catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.

South Fork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

Introduction to Fly Fishing in the Surf Clinic

Saturday November 25, 2017 in Ventura or

Saturday December 2, 2017 in Pismo Beach CA

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Beginner and Intermediate Clinics

Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #1  in Kernville Saturday December 2, 2017 8am to 12pm

Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #2  in Kernville Saturday December 2, 2017 1pm to 5pm

Intermediate Clinic in Kernville Sunday December 3, 2017 8am to 4pm

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Stoneflys are coming to Discovery -Ventura Friday November 24, 2017 @7pm

Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 10, 2017

 

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 250 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. Water temps are starting around 45 degrees and warming up to about 52 degrees in the afternoon. Rainbows are very active in the afternoon. There is a  BWO hatch at 1pm ish. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams. Below are some clients this week and some of their catches. A lot of first time fly fishers catching their first fish on a fly. Woo hoo!!!

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time on the upper Kern.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Lake Isabella – Fishing good for bass from the shore. Poppers!

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time.

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good!

South Fork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

Beginner Class #1 learning to fly cast for the first time.

Upcoming Clinics

Beginner Fly fishing in the Surf Clinic – Saturday November, 25, 2017

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Stoneflys Musical Events

Rockin River Beer and Music Festival Benefit Saturday October 21, 2017 Noon to 5pm@ Rivernook Campground Kernville CA – Flys go on @ 4pm https://www.kernvillebeerfest.com/

Discovery -Ventura Friday November 24, 2017 @7pm

 

 

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 27, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 400 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 52 degrees and rainbows are very active. There is a major Dragonfly hatch around 1pm and a BWO hatch at the same time. Rainbows are becoming very active at this time. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams.

Barbara with her first fish on a fly.
The 20 mile section looks amazing and healthy. This section is fishing excellent!
Jim with a nice rainbow caught yesterday!

The CA Open was amazing!

More photos here! CA Open Photos and Videos

Here are the official results from the 1st Annual California Fly Fishing Open. 1st Place Deep Creek-NuCast Team, 2nd: Team Simms, 3rd: Southern Sierra Fly Fishers. The biggest fish was a 19 inch rainbow expertly caught by Dustin Sergent. It was a beautiful day as check in started at the Kern River Fly Shop at 8:00 After Team & group pictures, the participants were on their way. The river was in prime shape with flows at 420 cfs – perfect! Lots of trout were caught during the day with the above top 3 teams accounting for 83 trout. There were 13 teams participating and we had approx. 140 people attend the afternoon festivities. 15 vendors and Par Avion and the Stoneflys bands rocked the crowd. People enjoyed the fine BBQ and beverages. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Lake Isabella – Fishing good for bass from the shore.

Elli Jeans throwing poppers on Lake Isabella and hooking up!
Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time.

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good!

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

 

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 5, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 600 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows are very active. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams.

Wild Trout in the 20 Mile Section

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Hooked up on the upper Kern

Teresa Omalley on the Upper Kern

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blown Out

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good, but be careful wading in this section.

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

The southern Sierra small creeks continue to fish very well.

Beginner Clinic Saturday October 7, 2017

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Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic Registration

Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 25, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are dropping every day and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows are very active. There is a PMD Mayfly hatch around 7:30pm in this section and the fish are very aggressive at this time. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams. Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

A recent stomach pump sample from a fish in the 20 Mile Section of the upper Kern River

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blown Out

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good, but be careful wading in this section.

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

The southern Sierra small creeks continue to fish very well.

Small Stream Clinic Friday September 1, 2017

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Beginner Clinic Saturday September 2, 2017

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report August 7, 2017

Kern River Fly Fishing Report for August 7, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are dropping every day and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows are very active. There is a PMD Mayfly hatch around 7:30pm in this section and the fish are very aggressive at this time. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams. Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Mike Conception hooked up on a nice rainbow in the 20 mile section

Scot Drope with a nice rainbow caught and released in the 20 Mile Section
Laura and a shot of her in the 20 mile section. This shot shows the clarity and wading ability from 3 days ago.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blown Out

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing Ok, but be careful wading in this section.

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

South Fork Kern River

Small Stream Clinic Friday September 1, 2017

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Beginner Clinic Saturday September 2, 2017

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3 Day 4 x 4 Adventure Trips

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 23, 2017

Upper Kern 20 mile Section ( Lake Isabella river mouth north to the Johnsondale Bridge)

Here we go finally. The river isn’t down to super safe conditions to fish, so be very cautious when fly fishing the 20 mile section. This section is dropping at a rapid rate and is down now to 1800 cfs. Big and catch-able size rainbows have moved into this section during the high flows and are now being caught all the way up to the Fairview dam.  When fly fishing the river , fish the eddies that have been created along the banks and you will find fish. No need to wade at this time. River water temperature in Kernville 59 degrees – Perfect!. Air temps 100+ Hot!

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 11, 2017

FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER

Small Stream Clinic – Saturday July 22, 2017 Click here!

A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in the southern Sierra. Here you can catch Golden, Brown, Brooke, Rainbow, and Golden/Rainbow trout hybrids. Get out your 2 or 3 wt fly rod and explore and discover some amazing fishing. The creeks and fish are healthy and doing well.

These small creeks are home to wild fish and are not stocked. Please use single barbless hooks when fishing these areas and practice catch and release techniques.

Learn more about “Catch and Release” here.

 

Flies to use on the small creeks – Click here Southern Sierra Dry Fly Package

Great rod to use on the small creeks is the new Redington Vice 3wt

SOUTH FORK OF THE KERN

The south fork of the Kern is fishing ok at this time and you must access it from the 395.

Sherman Pass is closed at this time due to a fire (Schaeffer Fire) 50 miles north of Kernville and 10 miles past the Forks of the Kern.  The forest service fire report says the fire is 17 miles north of Kernville and this is incorrect.

Yesterday, firefighters continued to have success with containment efforts as fire backed slowly toward the Kern River to the northwest. The west flank has held for the past 72 hours. Hotshot crews worked in the rugged terrain on the north end of the fire to strengthen the containment line using existing roads and trails to keep it from spreading into the Golden Trout Wilderness. The humidity was higher due to thunderstorms in the area.

 LAKE ISABELLA

Fly Fishing for trout in Lake Isabella has been excellent!

Video by Andrew McClellan
Trout from Lake Isabella
Photo by Jon Hart
Fly Fishing For Lake Isabella Carp – Epic!
UPPER KERN FLY FISHING REPORT
We are not recommending fly fishing the upper Kern at this time!
The Upper Kern River is definitely running strong at approximately 3,500 CFS.  The upper Kern River is dropping about 200 cfs a dayFORKS OF THE KERN
With the current flows and forecasted run off, it is going to be a a month before we can even access the Forks. In the meantime,  try hitting up some of the smaller streams, creeks and tributaries running into the main Kern River or Little Kern.We are once again offering our 4×4 trips for 2017!For scheduled dates go to our website  or click the link below for more information.

4×4 trips for 2017

Guided Fly Fishing in the Surf

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 2, 2017

FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER

Small Stream Clinic – Monday July 10, 2017 Click here!

A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in the southern Sierra. Here you can catch Golden, Brown, Brooke, Rainbow, and Golden/Rainbow trout hybrids. Get out your 2 or 3 wt fly rod and explore and discover some amazing fishing. The creeks and fish are healthy and doing well.

These small creeks are home to wild fish and are not stocked. Please use single barbless hooks when fishing these areas and practice catch and release techniques.

Learn more about “Catch and Release” here.

 

Flies to use on the small creeks – Click here Southern Sierra Dry Fly Package

Great rod to use on the small creeks is the new Redington Vice 3wt

SOUTH FORK OF THE KERN

The south fork of the Kern is blown out and not fishing well at this time.

LAKE ISABELLA

Recent stocking in Lake Isabella of 5 to 10 pound trout has produced some nice fish this week in Kissack and Paradise Coves. These are leftovers from the Lake Isabella Fishing Derby in April. Look for these fish to be heading into the north and south forks of the Kern real soon.

With the Upper and Lower Kern pushing the limits with record breaking flows, we are fortunate enough to have an alternative location to fish: Lake Isabella.  With the massive influx of water, which we have not had in the lake since May of 2007, these conditions are bound to create a healthy habitat and grounds for the fish to become extremely active. At the present time, here you will come across trout, bass, crappie and even carp, which are a challenge to land on the fly!

Fly Fishing For Lake Isabella Carp – Epic

Carpaholic Jon Hart with a monster Isabella Carp on the Fly
Another local Kernvillian Carpaholic – Celine with on a nice one on the fly!

UPPER KERN FLY FISHING REPORT

The Upper Kern River is definitely running strong at approximately 3,900 CFS.  The upper Kern River is dropping about 200 cfs a day

FORKS OF THE KERN

With the current flows and forecasted run off, it is going to be a a month before we can even access the Forks. In the meantime,  try hitting up some of the smaller streams, creeks and tributaries running into the main Kern River or Little Kern.

We are once again offering our 4×4 trips for 2017!

For scheduled dates go to our website  or click the link below for more information.

4×4 trips for 2017