Kern River Fly Fishing Report: September 14, 2018

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

We are in the last days of summer and cooler weather has finally arrived on the Upper Kern. Water temps are at a nice 55-60°F and is running just under 140 cfs and very clear. Anglers are having success fishing in the morning using dry droppers rigs. FB pheasant tails and larger stonefly nymphs have been very productive. Stimis and Caddis on top have also been doing well in the morning. We are looking at a very productive California Fly Fishing Open on September 22, 2018.

Here are a couple SSFFC members having a 10+ fish day over the weekend.

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Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section (above Johnsondale Bridge)

Anglers are reporting doing well nymphing deep under an indicator and using size 18-20 Pheasant Tail variations and size 20-22 WD-40’s. Stripping olive  wooley buggers have also been productive.

California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is slowly coming to a close. Skinny waters are making catching these prized fish a bit more challenging.

Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 70°F. Top water bass fishing is solid on poppers in the morning and evening. Water level in the lake is at 83,200 acre feet, the ideal Low Pool level by the Army Corps for dam repairs and will remain at this level until next year. Steady carp bite in the AM and quite good, especially if you are on a PFD.

Check out Flycarpin Trevor McTage and Shop Bro Celine Bayla getting at some carp.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 500cfs. Water temperatures down here is 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 500 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts


Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, September 29, 2018 | 1:00 PM | Kernville, CA

Saturday, October 27, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA


Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

Saturday, October 14, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA


Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, October 28, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA


Forks of the Kern Clinic

Thursday, September 27, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 7:00 AM | Kernville, CA


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