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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 9/23/16

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20-Mile Section of the Kern (From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)


Crowds are gone!!!

What a great time to fish! Fly fishers fishing the 20 mile section of the north fork are still doing excellent on late evening hatches of Caddis and various Mayfly imitations. During the day use a big Attractor Dry Fly with a Tungsten nymph below. Flows are down and folks are wading the river and having a good time fishing the pocket water runs and riffles. Best to use a dry/dropper and fish further up on the 20 mile stretch. The higher you go, the cooler the water. Temperatures are dropping down to the low 50s in the evening and mid 80s throughout the day. You will experience a 25 degrees cooler in the upper elevations. Feels like we are getting ready for our Fall fishing season! Very exciting.

Click here for the next “Beginner Fly Fishing Classes”  on the upper.

Upper Kern River Flows

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles) Special regulations- No BAIT OR BARBS on your hooks.

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques are getting the grabs as the days get shorter and the water cooler. Use a orange or yellow Stimulator in sizes 6 and 8 for the top fly and a Red Kern Emerger in sizes 18,16, and 12 as the dropper. You can also use BH Chartreuse  Copper Johns in sizes 12, 14, 16, 18,  Copper Johns sizes 18-22, Pheasant Tails sizes 16- 18, Tungsten Teddys size 12, Olive WD40’s Size  20-22.

You can also swing the Soft Hackle PMD’s size 16 and the natural BH Hares Ear size 20

The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing (Special Regulations-no bait fishing or barbs on your hooks)

The wild trout fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary. A must for the in-shape backpacker/adventurer/fly-fisher.

Here’s a secret for more catching more fish at the Forks of the Kern.

Tie on a  Rio Suppleflex 9ft 5x leader with about 3 ft of Rio SuppleFlex 6x tippet on the end. You can put on a Stalcups Hopper Tan size 10, Stalcups Cricket size 12, T-Bug Black size 12 or a T-Bug Hopper size 12.  After  you tie on one of those flies, pull out a 3 ft piece of Powerflex 7x tippet and tie it to the hook shank with a BWO Pullover size 22 or a Drymerger Baetis size 24 on the end of that. Cast those flies up stream in the pocket water, get a good drag-free drift and keep a stealthy position so they don’t see you. This should give you more success. Other great top water flies are the Para X Black size 8, Para X Peacock size 12, Para X Royal size 12, Para X Orange size 12, Para X Yellow size 6  and the Black Stimulator size 12-14

Click on any of the products or flies to see the pictures or to purchase online.

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South Fork of the Kern Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.

A great fly to use on the South Fork of the Kern is the Parachute Adams size 22. Check out these videos from a few days ago. Please use barbless hooks on these waters.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing excellent!

 

Major Caddis hatch around 7 pm. A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now. Use big flies like White Jawbreakers , poppers  or various bass flies to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass clinics have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

Please check out the new Redington Rise Reels at our online store or up in Kernville. These reels rock.

Click here to look at the new Redington Rise Reels.

Please click here for Guy Jeans’ Evening Bass Clinics on the Lower Kern River. October 1 2016

The September 17th Bass Clinic is sold out, but there are other dates available. Please click on the link above.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom. Stay out of this water till lake water temperatures drop.

Stoneflys are coming to Bakersfield Sunday September 25th @ the Kern County Fair ! See the Stoneflys perform @ 9:30pm

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 09/11/2016

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20-Mile Section of the Kern

(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

Crowds are gone!!!

All Kern Valley wildfires are out, evacuations have been lifted, campgrounds are open for overnight occupancy and the kids are in school! What a great time to fish! Fly fishers fishing the 20 mile section of the north fork are still doing excellent on late evening hatches of Caddis and various Mayfly imitations. During the day use a big Attractor Dry Fly with a Tungsten nymph below. Flows are down and folks are wading the river and having a good time fishing the pocket water runs and riffles. Best to use a dry/dropper and fish further up on the 20 mile stretch. The higher you go, the cooler the water. Temperatures are dropping down to the low 50s in the evening and mid 80s throughout the day. You will experience a 25 degrees cooler in the upper elevations. Feels like we are getting ready for our Fall fishing season! Very exciting.

Click here for the next “Beginner Fly Fishing Classes”  on the upper.

 

Upper Kern River Flows

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques are getting the grabs as the days get shorter and the water cooler. Use a orange or yellow Stimulator in sizes 6 and 8 for the top fly and a Red Kern Emerger in sizes 18,16, and 12 as the dropper. You can also use BH Chartreuse  Copper Johns in sizes 12, 14, 16, 18,  Copper Johns sizes 18-22, Pheasant Tails sizes 16- 18, Tungsten Teddys size 12, Olive WD40’s Size  20-22.

You can also swing the Soft Hackle PMD’s size 16 and the natural BH Hares Ear size 20

The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing (Special Regulations-no bait fishing or barbs on your hooks)

The wild trout fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary. A must for the in-shape backpacker/adventurer/fly-fisher.

Here’s a secret for more catching more fish at the Forks of the Kern.

Tie on a  Rio Suppleflex 9ft 5x leader with about 3 ft of Rio SuppleFlex 6x tippet on the end. You can put on a Stalcups Hopper Tan size 10, Stalcups Cricket size 12, T-Bug Black size 12 or a T-Bug Hopper size 12.  After  you tie on one of those flies, pull out a 3 ft piece of Powerflex 7x tippet and tie it to the hook shank with a BWO Pullover size 22 or a Drymerger Baetis size 24 on the end of that. Cast those flies up stream in the pocket water, get a good drag-free drift and keep a stealthy position so they don’t see you. This should give you more success. Other great top water flies are the Para X Black size 8, Para X Peacock size 12, Para X Royal size 12, Para X Orange size 12, Para X Yellow size 6  and the Black Stimulator size 12-14

Click on any of the products or flies to see the pictures or to purchase online.

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South Fork of the Kern Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.

A great fly to use on the South Fork of the Kern is the Parachute Adams size 22. Check out these videos from a few days ago. Please use barbless hooks on these waters.

 

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing excellent!

Major Caddis hatch around 7 pm. A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now. Use big flies like White Jawbreakers , poppers  or various bass flies to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass clinics have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

Please check out the new Redington Rise Reels at our online store or up in Kernville. These reels rock.

Click here to look at the new Redington Rise Reels.

Please click here for Guy Jeans’ Evening Bass Clinics on the Lower Kern River.

The September 17th Bass Clinic is sold out, but there are other dates available. Please click on the link above.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom. Stay out of this water till lake water temperatures drop.

Stoneflys are coming to Bakersfield Sunday September 25th @ the Kern County Fair ! See the Stoneflys perform @ 9pm

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-28-16

Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-28-16

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20 Mile Section of the Kern

(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

Crowds are gone!!!

No concern as of right now for residents of Kernville as the smoke has cleared from the Cedar fire that seems to be moving northwest. Fly fishers fishing the 20 mile section of the north fork are doing good on late evening hatches of Caddis and various Mayfly imitations. During the day use a big Atrractor Dry Fly with a Tungsten nymph below. Flows are down and folks are wading the river and having a good time fishing the pocket water runs and riffles. The forest service has closed camping in the forest service dispersed and maintained campgrounds along the upper Kern 20 mile section so the crowds are gone and the fly fishing excellent. Temperatures have dropped down into the low 90’s and are about 25 degrees cooler in the upper elevations.

Students learning to cast in the “Beginner Fly Fishing Class” today 8-28-16 on the upper Kern next to the Kern River Fly Shop.

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Upper Kern River Flows

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing (Special Regulations-no bait fishing or barbs on your hooks)

The wild trout fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary. A must for the in-shape backpacker/adventurer/fly-fisher.

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Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing excellent!

Major Caddis hatch around 7 pm. A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers , poppers  or various bass flies to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

Pictures from the “Lower Kern River Bass Class” last night. They didn’t catch any big ones, but had a blast with these on poppers and various bass streamers.

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South Fork of the Kern

Open!

Our state fish jewel “Golden Trout” caught by Geoff, on the South Fork Kern River 8-23-16

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The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom. Stay out of this water till lake water temperatures drop.

Stoneflys are coming to Kernville on September 3rd @ 7pm!

Fishstock Music Festival Tickets or Donations Click Here

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See the Stoneflys perform on September 3, 2016 at the Fishstock Music Festival in Kernville Ca @ 7pm
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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-22-16

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20 Mile Section of the Kern

(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section of the Kern from our shop to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. Water temperature @ 7am this morning were 60 degrees. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows still being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 135 cfs which are perfect for wading. They recently did an un-publicized stocking of 5-10 pound trophy trout and catchables around 12 inches on 8-15-16.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming mid day like  Hoppers and  late like  Caddis and  Midges. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark Caddis hatch. Fishing late until dark is best  Water temperatures are 60 degrees in the morning at 5:30 am and 65 degrees by mid day.  Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time!

Upper Kern River Flows

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern (Special Regulations) Lloyd Meadow road is closed at this time.

Fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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South Fork of the Kern

Open!

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The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom.

Stoneflys are coming to Kernville on September 3rd @ 7pm!

 Fishstock Music Festival Tickets or Donations Click Here

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See the Stoneflys perform on September 3, 2016 at the Fishstock Music Festival in Kernville Ca @ 7pm
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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-8-16

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 Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-8-16

20 Mile Section of the Kern

(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section of the Kern from our shop to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. Water temperature @ 7am this morning were 60 degrees. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows still being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 165 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming mid day like  Hoppers and  late like PED,  Caddis and  Midges. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark Caddis hatch.  Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

The new generation of fly fishers coming up. Connor and Logan Lawless on the upper Kern today.

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4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern (Special Regulations)

Fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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South Fork of the Kern

Watch out for Bigfoot! Many sightings have occurred here.

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Open!

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The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

Stoneflys are coming to Ventura!

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-30-16

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20 Mile Section of the Kern

(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)

The 20 mile section of the Kern from our shop to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 160 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming off like Caddis and Hoppers. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark Caddis hatch. Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

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4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern (Special Regulations)

Fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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South Fork of the Kern

Watch out for Bigfoot! Many sightings have occurred here.

Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

Stoneflys are coming to Ventura!

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-22-16

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-22-16

The Kern River is approximately 170 miles long and has a variety of cold and warm water species to catch on a fly. From the native Kern River Rainbows, Little Kern Golden Trout , our California state freshwater fish the Golden Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Carp, Crappie, Sacramento Pike Minnow, Sacramento Sucker, Chinook and Kokanee Salmon and a variety of Catfish all of which can be caught on a fly. The fly fishing report below gives reports on different species and sections of areas to fish in the Southern Sierra including the famous Kern River.

20 Mile Section of the Kern

The 20 mile section of the Kern from Kernville up to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 150 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming off like Caddis and Hoppers. If you can, get on the water at first light to catch the PMD hatch. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark Caddis hatch. Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

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4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern

Can you catch a Kern River Rainbow here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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South Fork of the Kern

Open!

Golden Trout

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The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

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Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-15-16

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-15-16

The Kern River is approximately 170 miles long and has a variety of cold and warm water species to catch on a fly. From the native Kern River Rainbows, Little Kern Golden Trout , our California state freshwater fish the Golden Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Carp, Crappie, Sacramento Pike Minnow, Sacramento Sucker, Chinook and Kokanee Salmon and a variety of Catfish all of which can be caught on a fly. The fly fishing report below gives reports on different species and sections of areas to fish in the Southern Sierra including the famous Kern River.

20 Mile Section of the Kern

The 20 mile section of the Kern from Kernville up to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 200 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming off like Yellow Sallies and PMD Mayflies. If you can, get on the water at first light to catch the PMD hatch. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark PED hatch. Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

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Skip Barnes on the Upper Kern

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern

Can you catch a Kern River Rainbow here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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John and Becky Collet with a double hookup on the lower Kern River -Crappie and a Bass

South Fork of the Kern

Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

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Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 7-8-2016

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 8, 2016

The Kern River is approximately 170 miles long and has a variety of cold and warm water species to catch on a fly. From the native Kern River Rainbows, Little Kern Golden Trout , our California state freshwater fish the Golden Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Carp, Crappie, Sacramento Pike Minnow, Sacramento Sucker, Chinook and Kokanee Salmon and a variety of Catfish all of which can be caught on a fly. The fly fishing report below gives reports on different species and sections of areas to fish in the Southern Sierra including the famous Kern River.

20 Mile Section of the Kern

The 20 mile section of the Kern from Kernville up to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 400 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming off like Yellow Sallies and PMD Mayflies. If you can, get on the water at first light to catch the PMD hatch. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark PED hatch. Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

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Skip Barnes on the Upper Kern

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern

Can you catch a Kern River Rainbow here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

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Kern River Bass Fly Fishing_Jordan Kern River Bass Fly Fishing_Jose

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John and Becky Collet with a double hookup on the lower Kern River -Crappie and a Bass

South Fork of the Kern

Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

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Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Many clients/customers have called and asked what organization they can donate to or how they can assist with the “Erskine Fire”. Kern River Fly Shop will not recommend any specific organization to donate to, but instead, will collect VONS/SAFEWAY Gift Cards to PERSONALLY AND DIRECTLY distribute to the families through out the areas that have been affected by the Erskine Fire. People will be returning to their homes where no electricity has ran over the past week and/or will need to replenish their food and belongings over the months to follow. Guy and I feel this is the best way we can help our fellow community members. If you wish to assist, the VONS/SAFEWAY Gift Cards can be purchased online at https://www.giftcardmall.com/search-card-gallery… and emailed to Kim@kernriverflyfishing.com or mailed to 11301 Kernville Road, Kernville, California 93238.

We greatly appreciate and thank you for all of the calls and messages regarding our well-being and safety. During these times, it is inspiring to see how individuals pull together to take care of one another.

Sincerely,
Guy and Kimberly
Kern River Fly Shop

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report 6-29-16

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report June 29, 2016

The Kern River is approximately 170 miles long and has a variety of cold and warm water species to catch on a fly. From the native Kern River Rainbows, Little Kern Golden Trout , our California state freshwater fish the Golden Trout, Large and Small Mouth Bass, Carp, Crappie, Sacramento Pike Minnow, Sacramento Sucker, Chinook and Kokanee Salmon and a variety of Catfish all of which can be caught on a fly. The fly fishing report below gives reports on different species and sections of areas to fish in the Southern Sierra including the famous Kern River.

20 Mile Section of the Kern

The 20 mile section of the Kern from Kernville up to the Johnsondale bridge is the most heavily fished section of the Kern because of the roadside access and heavily planted areas of Triploid trout ( trout that cannot reproduce). This section is also home to wild (not native) rainbow and brown trout. This section is fishing very well with big rainbows being caught throughout the whole section. River flows in this section are around 700 cfs which are perfect for wading.  Best flies to use are attractor flies like the Bead Head Kern Emerger  and the Bead Head Royal Flush. There are hatches coming off like Yellow Sallies and PMD Mayflies. If you can, get on the water at first light to catch the PMD hatch. Are the fish looking up and eating on the surface? Yes, also in the evening around 7pm till dark PED hatch. Water temperatures are starting to rise in this section and are reaching 65 degrees around 2pm. Good techniques to use are nymphing under an indicator, dry dropper or stripping streamers. If you want to have good fishing on the 20 mile section of the Kern, now is the time! Check out the recent catches below.

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Skip Barnes on the Upper Kern

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Becky Collet on the upper Kern

 

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

Elli Rayne Jeans with a nice rainbow from the upper Kern.

4 mile Wild Trout Section  ( Above Johnsondale Bridge)

This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed.  Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!

Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.

Forks of the Kern

Can you catch a Kern River Rainbow here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella)

A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers or poppers to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line

Kern River Bass Fly Fishing_Jordan Kern River Bass Fly Fishing_Jose

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John and Becky Collet with a double hookup on the lower Kern River -Crappie and a Bass

South Fork of the Kern

Open!

The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat. Consider using flies that replicate small golden trout next time you fish the South fork of the Kern or use a mouse fly in the late evening.

Can you catch a Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra

Open!

Can you catch a Little Kern Golden Trout here? Yes you can, and it will count towards your “Wild Heritage Trout Program”.

The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!

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Lake Isabella

Lake Isabella is fishing well for Crappie, Bass and Carp on the fly! Carp have moved into the shallows as the lake fills up.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Many clients/customers have called and asked what organization they can donate to or how they can assist with the “Erskine Fire”. Kern River Fly Shop will not recommend any specific organization to donate to, but instead, will collect VONS/SAFEWAY Gift Cards to PERSONALLY AND DIRECTLY distribute to the families through out the areas that have been affected by the Erskine Fire. People will be returning to their homes where no electricity has ran over the past week and/or will need to replenish their food and belongings over the months to follow. Guy and I feel this is the best way we can help our fellow community members. If you wish to assist, the VONS/SAFEWAY Gift Cards can be purchased online at https://www.giftcardmall.com/search-card-gallery… and emailed to Kim@kernriverflyfishing.com or mailed to 11301 Kernville Road, Kernville, California 93238.

We greatly appreciate and thank you for all of the calls and messages regarding our well-being and safety. During these times, it is inspiring to see how individuals pull together to take care of one another.

Sincerely,
Guy and Kimberly
Kern River Fly Shop

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