Kern River Fly Fishing Report March 25, 2017

Upper Kern Fly Fishing Report

Anglers! With the large amount of rain and snow pack we have received over the past couple of months, the Upper Kern River is definitely running strong at approximately 3,100 CFS.  Over the past couple of weeks, the question we have been asked the most is: When is the Upper Kern going to be safe for fishing? While this is a difficult question to answer, we are looking at mid-June, closer to July, August and September. In the past, these have been difficult months to fish due to the low water levels, but Mother Nature has changed the forecast drastically.


While we do not recommend fishing the Upper Kern in these conditions with the flows so high, there are the few that will not take no for an answer. If you must fish,  stay out of the water and fish along the banks with heavily weighted nymphs and a sinking leader. Who knows, you may land one of those great trophy trout or as     Mr. Humphreys did a couple of weeks ago, a Native Sacramento Pikeminnow.

Penn State's Fly-Fishing Legend, Joe Humphreys.
Penn State’s Fly-Fishing Legend, Joe Humphreys, on the Upper Kern River with a Native Sacramento Pikeminnow.

Lake Isabella

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!

Come see us at Kern River Fly Shop and we will get you set up with some bass and crappie flies.  Or, CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT AN ONLINE ORDER and we will pick them out for you. Oh, and do not forget your float tube! If you do not have one, don’t worry! We have some at the shop for purchase or rental!

Guy getting into some Crappie on Lake Isabella.
Guy getting into some Crappie on Lake Isabella.
Having a good time in Bakersfield!
Having a good time in Bakersfield!

Lower Kern

Stay far, far away from the Lower Kern, unless you are an extreme kayaker. The flows are around 5,000 CFS and extremely dangerous at this time.

Forks of the Kern

With the current flows and forecasted run off, it is going to be a couple of months before we can even access the Forks. In the meantime and after April 30th, try hitting up some of the smaller streams, creeks and tributaries running into the main Kern River.

Guy Jeans School of Fly Fishing

Come check out our new Guy Jeans School of Fly Fishing education center, which is conveniently located next to Kern River Fly Shop. Here you will find a separate area solely dedicated to teaching. This is where we hold a portion of our Beginner, Advanced, Intermediate and guide training courses.

Looking to advance your skills or learn how to fly fish? Check out our options and schedule at CLICK HERE TO REGISTER FOR A CLASS NOW!

Guy Jeans Fly Fishing Guide Service

Introducing our new online booking system for Guy Jeans Fly Fishing Guide Service. Whether you are interested in an Extended Full-Day Guide Trip to the Forks of the Kern, a Full-Day Float Trip on the Lower Kern for bass, or a Half-Day Beginner Package, we have many options available for you and your guests. Pick the date and book it now before it is too late!  BOOK A GUIDE TRIP NOW.

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 24, 2016

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

The  20 mile stretch is fishing well from our fly shop up to Hospital Flat. The water temperature is 42 degrees near Kernville and 39 degrees up river past Fairview Campground. Check the latest fly fishing reports videos below.

Click here for Bead Head Soft Hackle Kern Emergers
Temperatures are dropping down to the low 30s in the evening and mid 40s throughout the day. Great hatch in the evening of very small Midges and BWO’s. Here are some great imitations to look at.

Click here for Parachute Adams size 18-22    and  Blue Wing Olive size 18 -22

Upper Kern River Flows

4 mile Wild Trout Section  Open Year round! ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles) Special regulations- No BAIT OR BARBS on your hooks. Open Year round! Catch and Release only!

Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing for trout is slow- Open Year Round!

World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing  Closed

South Fork of the Kern Closed!

Tributaries of the Southern Sierra – Closed

Lake Isabella- Open

Schools and Classes

Casting Class in Ventura – December 27, 2016 Click Here

Casting Class in Bakersfield – January 7, 2017 Click Here

Fly Fishing the Surf Class Ventura – December 28, 2016 Click Here


Friday, February 3, 2017 – Sunday, February 12, 2017


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