Kern River Fly Fishing Report March 20, 2019

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

I put some other graphs of the upper Kern on here to show you the different flows in these 3 different sections in the 20 mile section. About 15 miles up from Kernville, there is a dam or intake for Powerhouse #3 in Kernville. They sometimes take water out , pump it through the mountain and put the water back in down at the powerhouse in Kernville. The flows in this 15 mile section can be lower if they are taking water out. Right now the flows in this section from the Fairview dam downstream are only 560 cfs. Very fun and fishable water in this section. The DFW also stocked this section yesterday for those interested in catching hatchery fish. The section below the powerhouse in Kernville where they are putting water back in is around 1700 cfs. A big difference. Fly anglers have been doing ok on the Tungsten Teddy and various attractor nymphs fished under an indicator. Check out the video below.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Jackie with her first fish caught on a fly – Monday 3-18-19 on the upper Kern.

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

This section is fishing excellent at this time! Fly anglers are catching lots of 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.


Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 500 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


Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Sunday, May 5, 2019| 8AM- 3pm | Kernville, CA


Beginner Clinic #1

Saturday May 4, 2019 / 8AM – 12PM / Kernville CA

or Saturday May 4, 2019 / 1PM – 5PM / Kernville CA


Carp Clinic – Lake Isabella

Saturday May 11, 2019 / 8am -11am Kernville


Fly Fish the Surf Clinic – Morro Bay

Saturday April 20, 2019 / 8AM – 11AM / Morro Bay CA



April 5 -14, 2019



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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 
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