Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 2, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round

The 20 mile section has been fishing very good and the river is clear . Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 44 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 190 cfs. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s  Midges, WD-40’s  at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses. Red Kern Emergers 12-18 are working well.

Dayna D. – Upper Kern Rainbow

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler  and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.


California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.


New Embroidered Kern River Fly Shop Hats in stock!

Click here to order!

Lake Isabella
Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 50 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are slowing down! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

Beginner Clinic #1

Saturday December 8, 2018 | 8AM – 12pm | Kernville CA

REGISTER Below

Clinic Only – Click Here

Fly Rod Combo Package and Free Clinic – Click Here


Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic

Saturday, December 15, 2018| 8AM- 11AM | Ventura, CA

REGISTER

 

 


 

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 26, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing well in this cooler Fall weather. Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 48 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 190 cfs and very clear. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s  Midges, WD-40’s  at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses.

This is a recent stomach sample!

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler  and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.

New Embroidered Kern River Fly Shop Hats in stock!

Click here to order!

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 54 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

Beginner Clinic #1

Saturday December 8, 2018 | 8AM – 12pm | Kernville CA

REGISTER Below

Clinic Only – Click Here

Fly Rod Combo Package and Free Clinic – Click Here

Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic

Saturday, December 15, 2018| 8AM- 11AM | Ventura, CA

REGISTER

Bill Darbee with some recent catches in the surf Pismo and Ventura!

 


A big congratulations to Bill Darbee and John Rogers on their recent completion of the 10 Day Fly Fishing Guide School!

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- November 20, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing well in this cooler Fall weather. Fly anglers have been doing well nymphing deep with dry droppers or under an indicator. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running at 190 cfs and very clear. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Midges, WD-40’s  at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the season progresses.

 

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive. Remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Private Guiding in the Surf

Tuesday, November 20, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Wednesday, November 21, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Friday, November 23, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

BOOK TRIP

 

Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic

Saturday, November 24, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Saturday, December 15, 2018| 8AM- 12PM| Ventura, CA

REGISTER


New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”


 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- November 4, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing well in this cooler Fall weather. Fly anglers have been doing well nymphing deep with dry droppers or under an indicator. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running at 190 cfs and very clear. Smaller Psycho Mays, WD-40’s and Soft Hackle Kern Emergers have been very productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close.

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 190cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 230 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Private Guiding in the Surf

Tuesday, November 20, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Wednesday, November 21, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Friday, November 23, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

BOOK TRIP

Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, November 17, 2018| 8AM- 12PM| Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic

Saturday, November 24, 2018| 8AM- 12PM|Ventura, CA

Saturday, December 15, 2018| 8AM- 12PM| Ventura, CA

REGISTER


New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- October 26, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing excellent with all the summer crowds gone and perfect conditions. Fly anglers have been doing well with various techniques including both nymphing and dry fly fishing. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running just below 200 cfs and very clear. Psycho Mays, WD-40’s and Soft Hackle Kern Emergers have been very productive as well as Stimulators and October Caddis type flies.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close.

Lake Isabella
Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- October 19, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing excellent with all the summer crowds gone and perfect conditions. Fly anglers have been doing well with various techniques including both nymphing and dry fly fishing. Water temps are at 50-55°F and this section is running just below 200 cfs and very clear. Soft hackle Kern Emergers, Flash Back Pheasant tails and smaller Stonefly nymphs have been very productive as well as Stimulators and October Caddis type flies.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 70°F. Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”

Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 3, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section has been fishing excellent with all the summer crowds gone and perfect conditions. Fly anglers have been doing well with various techniques including both nymphing and dry fly fishing. Water temps are at a nice 55-60°F and this section is running at 160 cfs and very clear. Soft hackle Kern Emergers, Flash Back Pheasant tails and smaller Stonefly nymphs have been very productive as well as Stimulators and October Caddis type flies.

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 70°F. Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 300cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 300 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

Sunday, October 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

 Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #1

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- September 28, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

Fall is finally here and fishing has been solid! CDFW has recently stocked the 20 mile section. Water temps are at a nice 55-60°F and is running at 160 cfs and very clear. Anglers are having success fishing in the morning using dry droppers rigs. Soft hackle emergers, FB pheasant tails and larger stonefly nymphs have been very productive. Stimis and Caddis on top have also been doing well in the morning. We had an amazing turnout at the California Fly Fishing Open with 15 teams, each getting multiple fish on board!

Check out these awesome ladies on a great day on the Kern!

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close. Skinny waters are making catching these prized fish a bit more challenging.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 70°F. Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 700cfs. Water temperatures down here is 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 700 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:00 PM | Kernville, CA

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

Saturday, October 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Forks of the Kern Clinic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


If you feel that these reports are valuable to you, please click the donate button below and make a donation of any amount you think is equal to the amount of information you are getting each week.

Thank you so much,

Guy Jeans

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report: September 14, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

We are in the last days of summer and cooler weather has finally arrived on the Upper Kern. Water temps are at a nice 55-60°F and is running just under 140 cfs and very clear. Anglers are having success fishing in the morning using dry droppers rigs. FB pheasant tails and larger stonefly nymphs have been very productive. Stimis and Caddis on top have also been doing well in the morning. We are looking at a very productive California Fly Fishing Open on September 22, 2018.

Here are a couple SSFFC members having a 10+ fish day over the weekend.

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive  wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close. Skinny waters are making catching these prized fish a bit more challenging.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 70°F. Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Check out Flycarpin Trevor McTage and Shop Bro Celine Bayla getting at some carp.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 500cfs. Water temperatures down here is 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 500 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:00 PM | Kernville, CA

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

Saturday, October 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Forks of the Kern Clinic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


If you feel that these reports are valuable to you, please click the donate button below and make a donation of any amount you think is equal to the amount of information you are getting each week.

Thank you so much,

Guy Jeans

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- August 27, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The Upper Kern has finally cleared up and running just above 150 cfs. Anglers are having more success fishing early in the morning and nymphing deep. FB pheasant tails and bright attractors like the Tungsten Teddy are still producing despite warmer water temps.

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are having much better luck going north due to cooler water temps. Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s.

Check out this nice rainbow caught by Jon over the weekend.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close. Skinny waters are making catching these prized fish a bit more challenging.

Check out this beautiful LKG caught by Rick of Arizona.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie, Bass and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 73. Water level in the lake is nearly at drought level due to dam repairs. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1100cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here is 73 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1100 cfs. Be careful if you go fishing down here.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

Saturday, October 29, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

Saturday, October 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER

Forks of the Kern Clinic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

REGISTER


4 x 4 Adventure Trip Dates – Click Here!

September 5-7 2018 3 spots left

All other trips have sold out!


If you feel that these reports are valuable to you, please click the donate button below and make a donation of any amount you think is equal to the amount of information you are getting each week.

Thank you so much,

Guy Jeans