Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 11, 2017


Small Stream Clinic – Saturday July 22, 2017 Click here!

A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in the southern Sierra. Here you can catch Golden, Brown, Brooke, Rainbow, and Golden/Rainbow trout hybrids. Get out your 2 or 3 wt fly rod and explore and discover some amazing fishing. The creeks and fish are healthy and doing well.

These small creeks are home to wild fish and are not stocked. Please use single barbless hooks when fishing these areas and practice catch and release techniques.

Learn more about “Catch and Release” here.


Flies to use on the small creeks – Click here Southern Sierra Dry Fly Package

Great rod to use on the small creeks is the new Redington Vice 3wt


The south fork of the Kern is fishing ok at this time and you must access it from the 395.

Sherman Pass is closed at this time due to a fire (Schaeffer Fire) 50 miles north of Kernville and 10 miles past the Forks of the Kern.  The forest service fire report says the fire is 17 miles north of Kernville and this is incorrect.

Yesterday, firefighters continued to have success with containment efforts as fire backed slowly toward the Kern River to the northwest. The west flank has held for the past 72 hours. Hotshot crews worked in the rugged terrain on the north end of the fire to strengthen the containment line using existing roads and trails to keep it from spreading into the Golden Trout Wilderness. The humidity was higher due to thunderstorms in the area.


Fly Fishing for trout in Lake Isabella has been excellent!

Video by Andrew McClellan
Trout from Lake Isabella
Photo by Jon Hart
Fly Fishing For Lake Isabella Carp – Epic!
We are not recommending fly fishing the upper Kern at this time!
The Upper Kern River is definitely running strong at approximately 3,500 CFS.  The upper Kern River is dropping about 200 cfs a dayFORKS OF THE KERN
With the current flows and forecasted run off, it is going to be a a month before we can even access the Forks. In the meantime,  try hitting up some of the smaller streams, creeks and tributaries running into the main Kern River or Little Kern.We are once again offering our 4×4 trips for 2017!For scheduled dates go to our website  or click the link below for more information.

4×4 trips for 2017

Guided Fly Fishing in the Surf

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Click here for Guy Jeans School of Fly Fishing

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