Kern River Fly Fishing Report 8-28-16
20 Mile Section of the Kern
(From Kern River Fly Shop to Johnsondale Bridge)
Crowds are gone!!!
No concern as of right now for residents of Kernville as the smoke has cleared from the Cedar fire that seems to be moving northwest. Fly fishers fishing the 20 mile section of the north fork are doing good on late evening hatches of Caddis and various Mayfly imitations. During the day use a big Atrractor Dry Fly with a Tungsten nymph below. Flows are down and folks are wading the river and having a good time fishing the pocket water runs and riffles. The forest service has closed camping in the forest service dispersed and maintained campgrounds along the upper Kern 20 mile section so the crowds are gone and the fly fishing excellent. Temperatures have dropped down into the low 90’s and are about 25 degrees cooler in the upper elevations.
Students learning to cast in the “Beginner Fly Fishing Class” today 8-28-16 on the upper Kern next to the Kern River Fly Shop.
Upper Kern River Flows
4 mile Wild Trout Section ( Above Johnsondale Bridge 4 miles)
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 and nymphing are getting the grabs. The biggest Stoneflies in the world reside here and fishing the flies that imitate them can get you some great fights. Click here to check them out.
World Class “Forks of the Kern” Fly Fishing (Special Regulations-no bait fishing or barbs on your hooks)
The wild trout fly fishing here is world class and the dry fly fishing legendary. A must for the in-shape backpacker/adventurer/fly-fisher.
Lower Kern ( Below lake Isabella) fishing excellent!
Major Caddis hatch around 7 pm. 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 excellent for bass right now.Use big flies like White Jawbreakers , poppers or various bass flies to get into these fish. Guy Jeans’ guided fly fishing for bass trips have become very popular and he does them weekly. 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
Pictures from the “Lower Kern River Bass Class” last night. They didn’t catch any big ones, but had a blast with these on poppers and various bass streamers.
South Fork of the Kern
Our state fish jewel “Golden Trout” caught by Geoff, on the South Fork Kern River 8-23-16
The South Fork of the Kern River is a special fishery and is home to our states freshwater fish, the Golden Trout. It is also home to the predatory non native Brown trout who considers the small golden trout a tasty treat.
Tributaries of the Southern Sierra
The small creeks are great for Tenkara fly fishing. Click on the link to find out more information. Tenkara information and gear!
Lake Isabella is not fishing well with the warmer temps and algae bloom. Stay out of this water till lake water temperatures drop.
Stoneflys are coming to Kernville on September 3rd @ 7pm!