Kern River Fly Fishing Report November 17, 2017
20-Mile Section of the Kern (From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year round!
Temperatures are dropping down to the low 50s in the evening and mid 60s throughout the day. Those folks only focused on hatchery planted fish aren’t doing well. Fly fishers matching the natural aquatic insects and focusing on wild trout in the 20 mile section are doing well. Click on these links to see the flies we are using. Rubber Leg Stimulator size 6-16, Parachute X Orange size 10, Streambank Hopper Size 10 and these droppers as well Tungsten Yellow Sallie size 10-18, Tungsten Psycho May size 16-20
4 mile Wild Trout Section Open Year round! ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles) Special regulations- No BAIT OR BARBS on your hooks. Open Year round! Catch and Release only
This section of the Kern is very popular with folks who want to have a wild trout experience. There are special regulations here and bait or barbed hooks are prohibited. Only artificial lures or flies with barbless hooks are allowed. Many tickets are issued here to anglers who disregard the fishing regulations. The DFW does not stock the North Fork of the Kern River north of the bridge for 50 miles and those 50 miles are managed as a wild trout fishery. The fly fishing is excellent here because of these regulations. Check your regulations before fishing here!
Water temperatures are usually 5 to 10 degrees cooler here and the fish are very wary to your presence. A stealthy approach is needed to catch these fish. Fishing is excellent as of today. Dry dropper techniques are getting the grabs as the days get shorter and the water cooler. Use a orange or yellow Stimulator in sizes 6 and 8 for the top fly and a Red Kern Emerger in sizes 18,16, and 12 as the dropper. You can also use Copper Johns sizes 18-22, Pheasant Tails sizes 16- 18, Tungsten Teddys size 12, Olive WD40’s Size 20-22.
You can also swing the natural BH Hares Ear size 20
Click here for the next “Beginner Fly Fishing Classes” on the upper Kern River.
Upper Kern River Flows
Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing excellent- Open Year round! A bass fly anglers paradise! The lower Kern winds its way down the Kern River canyon from the Lake Isabella Dam to Oildale, approximately 80 river miles. This section has trout, bass, crappie and other species to catch on a fly. This section is fishing moderate to ok with the current cooling of water temps. Use big flies like White Jawbreakers , poppers or various bass flies to get into these fish. Great fly rod to use on the lower Kern for bass is a 9 foot 6wt or 7wt Redington Vapen Black, Redington Behemoth 7/8 Reel and a Rio Small Mouth Bass Fly Line
Please check out the new Redington Rise Reels at our online store or up in Kernville. These reels rock.
World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing (Special Regulations-no bait fishing or barbs on your hooks) Closed until last Saturday in April.
South Fork of the Kern Closed!
Tributaries of the Southern Sierra – Closed
Lake Isabella- Open
Lake Isabella is not fishing well .
Fly Fishing in the Surf Clinics November 19, 2016 in Ventura and December 3, 2016 in Pismo Beach California.
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