Hello Fellow Anglers and Friends,

I thought I’d post a short older scenery video of the upper Kern to keep you stoked while we all stay in our communities at this time.

I hope you are staying safe and healthy through these difficult times. The current state of the Kern River Valley area is that most residents are hunkering down and staying home with their families. It’s been difficult for all families with the closure of all schools and most businesses. The hardest hit are the small businesses including myself. The guide service has been closed down since March 12th and the retail fly shop in Kernville closed it’s doors around the same time. The Kern River “Online” Fly Shop has remained opened and we are still shipping packages everyday. I want to thank each and every one of you that has a made a purchase online recently. The shop is surviving because of you, so thank you very much. I am beyond grateful for the support and I encourage everyone to support your local fly shop, guide service or small business wherever you live. Buy a gift certificate or some item online that you can use later. They will appreciate it.

We are still getting calls, texts and emails at the shop inquiring about guiding on the river at this time. This is usually one of our busiest times up here for guiding and we are usually booked solid and the fly shop is always rockin. Unfortunately, during this difficult time, we are encouraging anglers and friends to stay home as to not to spread the virus to our small community up here in the mountains. We do not have the facilities nor the work force to handle the virus spreading in this small community. We are hoping to see this pandemic end soon, so we can all get out on the river asap. If we all do our part and stay home and in our local area, this will end a lot faster. It seems it’s really hard for some folks to understand this.

Snow pack is increasing.

With the current storms we are seeing more snow in the high country which is excellent news for all our small stream enthusiasts and all the Kern River anglers. The white water folks are thanking the heavens as well. We got dumped on yesterday and waking up this morning to snow covered mountains was awesome. When the snowpack is good and the river is healthy – the Kern River Valley is happy.

Snowing in Kernville yesterday.