Kern River Fly Fishing Report April 1, 2019

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Happy Fishing!

Guy Jeans

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

Upper Kern Flow Charts

The native Kern River Rainbow project at the Kernville Hatchery is ready to go. These are brand new round runs for the Native Kern River Rainbows coming from the high country in August 2019

These are shaded spawning runs for the females and males when it time for them to spawn.
These are brand new cement runs that are ready for the Kern River Rainbow.
This is a brand new reclamation and recycle water pump system. This keeps the water at 52 degrees year round for the fish and recycles the water. This is a great system when the river water gets too warm for trout or wells go down.
These are some newly experimental hatched rainbow trout spawned in the Kernville hatchery a few weeks ago. They are testing water and nutrients to make sure everything is good for the Kern River Rainbows coming in August 2019

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round – Catch and Release only!

This section is tough right now do to the higher flows! Fly anglers are catching  fish in this section on stonefly nymphs.

We are now at 149% of normal snow pack for the Southern Sierra. It’s going to be a great year for fly fishing. Click on the link below for details.

Snow Pack Details!

Lake Isabella
Water level in the lake is at 138,170 acre feet.  Carp Fly fishing is starting as the flats are filling in. Crappie and Bass are feeding heavily! Check out the videos below!



Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1200 cfs and remains the same as last week. This is the best fishing water in the valley right now. Water temperatures down here are 48 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are not biting at this time! Trout fly fishing is slow. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is muddy. Check out the video below for a visual.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

4 x 4 Adventure Fly Fishing Trips

These trips are filling up! If you’re thinking about getting in on one of these trips, now is the time to sign up.

Many trips have sold out so we added more dates.

For more information Click Here


“Just Added” “Beginner Clinic #1”
“Just Added” “Intermediate Clinic”
Sunday April 7, 2019 8am to 3pm – Click Here!
“Fly Fishing the Lower Kern River and Lake Isabella for Bass / Crappie”
“Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” in Morro Bay
“Beginner Clinic #1”
“Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic”
“Carp Clinic”
“Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” in Ventura



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Next performances are:

Friday April 19, 2019 in Morro Bay, CA @ 8pm The Siren w Ska Legends “Let’s GO Bowling”.

Saturday April 20, 2019 in Bakersfield @ 4pm 4/20 Hops and Vibes Festival with Dub Seeds – Stramler Park

Saturday April 20, 2019 in Tehachapi CA @ 9pm @ The Shed – Stoneflys CD Release Party

Stoneflys are:
Skabone Stan – Trombone (Pato Banton, Crucial DBC), Karl HunterSax ( Big Bad Voodoo Daddy), Dave PriceSax (Don Henley, Lion I’s, Papa Nata), Robert Rachelli – Drums (Lion I’s, Papa Nata), Guy Jeans – Vocals/Keyboards( Lion I’s, Papa Nata), Kevin Miller – Trumpet( Ska Daddyz), Fili Landeros -Keyboards( The Question, After the Smoke, Rising Son), Tk – Bass (Lion I’s), Bernie Larsen – Guitar( Melissa 
Etheridge, Jackson Browne, Rickie Lee Jones, Lucinda Williams, and Public 
Enemy) .



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