Kern River Fly Fishing Report July 8, 2018

Upper Kern River 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) The upper Kern is flowing between 200 to 300CFS. Water temperature is 65 degrees and clear with many wet wading to stay cool in the hot weather. Fly Fishing is excellent at first light and during the evening. Big fish are still moving into the upper river from Lake Isabella in search of cooler water. We are still seeing hatches of Yellow Sallies and Callibaetis Mayflies with trout keying in on smaller imitations like the size 16 Yellow Stimulator and size 20 BWO. Swinging streamers down and across as well as Attractor patterns such as GloBugs, San Juan Worms and Kern Candies are especially productive during the hotter parts of the day. Nymphing Stoneflys, FBPT’s and midges under an indicator is still also very productive.

Here are first time fly fishers Sara and Pat with trout on FBPT

Check out the upper Kern 20 mile section fly packages- Click Here

Upper Kern Wild Trout Section is fishing Excellent!

Lake Isabella
Flats have receded a good mile from its highest shoreline in May. Fly Fishing for Carp, Crappie and Bass in the lake at this time is okay. Carp can still be caught clooping in the morning.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1400cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here are 60 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1400 cfs as well. Be careful if you go fishing down here.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

California Creekin– The creeks of the Southern Sierra are fishing excellent at this time with dry flies. If you like catching wild trout in small streams, you might explore these beautiful waters.

Upcoming Fly Fishing Clinics

Saturday, July 14, 2018

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Private Guided Fly Fishing in the Surf

Guy will be available for a half-day private guided fly fishing trip in Ventura on the following dates:

Wednesday, July 11, 2018. 8AM-12PM
Thursday, July 12, 2018. 8AM-12PM
Friday, July 13, 2018. 8AM-12PM

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Check out some of the pictures from our 4×4 Trip into the Golden Trout Wilderness

There are still a couple of spots left for you and your buddies to join in on all the fun!

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August 21- 23 2018 3 spots left

September 5-7 2018 2 spots left

All other trips have sold out!

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