Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 14, 2019

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

The 20 mile section is blown out until further notice.

We are now at 140% 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!

Upper Kern Flow Charts

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

The Wild Trout Section is blown out until further notice!


Lake Isabella
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. Fishing has been slow for most.


Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 100 cfs and remains the same as last week. Water temperatures down here are 45 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 flowing around 120 cfs. Check out the video above for a visual.

Lower Kern Flow Charts


4 x 4 Adventure Fly Fishing Trips

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Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Sunday, March 24, 2019| 8AM- 3pm | Kernville, CA

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Saturday March 23, 2019 / 8AM – 12PM / Kernville CA

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Fly Fish the Surf Clinic – Ventura

Saturday March 2, 2019 / 8AM – 11AM / Ventura, CA

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Private Guiding in the Surf

Sunday March 3, 2018

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April 5 -14, 2019

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Guy Jeans Speaking Engagements on the Kern River:

Wednesday February 27, 2019  7pm – Deep Creek Fly Fishers in Riverside CA

Thursday February 28, 2019  7pm – Long Beach Casting Club in Long Beach CA


Next performances are:

Friday March 1, 2019 in Ojai , CA @7pm  Ojai Underground Exchange

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

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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Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 18, 2018

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

Nice brown trout caught by Chase S. near Powerhouse 3
Anne W on the upper Kern

 

The 20 mile section is the same as last week and has been fishing very good. The river is clear. Rainbows are more active in the afternoon and rising to small Midges and Mayflies around 1pm. Water temps are at 44 to 50 degrees and this section is flowing at 270 cfs. BWO Emergers, Psycho Mays, Trico’s Midges, WD-40’s at size 22-26 have been productive. 6x-7x tippet is advised as fish get even more picky as the Fall/Winter season progresses. Red Kern Emergers 12-18 are working well.

Upper Kern Flow Charts

Upper Kern River Wild Trout Section ( 4 miles above Johnsondale Bridge) Open Year Round

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. Water temps up here are a few degrees cooler and remember that this section of the Kern is Catch and Release from November 15 to the last Saturday of April.


California Creekin– The season for Creekin in the Southern Sierra is now closed.


New Embroidered Kern River Fly Shop Hats in stock!

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Lake Isabella
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.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 200 cfs. Water temperatures down here are 50 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are slowing down! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing around 240 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


 

 


Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, January 5, 2019| 8AM- 4pm | Kernville, CA

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Saturday , January 26, 2019 / 8AM – 12PM / Kernville, CA

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 3, 2018

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

The 20 mile section has been fishing excellent with all the summer crowds gone and perfect conditions. Fly anglers have been doing well with various techniques including both nymphing and dry fly fishing. Water temps are at a nice 55-60°F and this section is running at 160 cfs and very clear. Soft hackle Kern Emergers, Flash Back Pheasant tails and smaller Stonefly nymphs have been very productive as well as Stimulators and October Caddis type flies.

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

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.

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.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 300cfs. Water temperatures down here are 70 degrees. Smallies and Largemouth are solid! The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 300 cfs.

Lower Kern Flow Charts

 


Beginner Fly Fishing #2 Clinic

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

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 Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic #1

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

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Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic

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

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Guide Training School

November 7, 2018- November 16, 2018 | Kernville, CA

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New Stoneflys Music Video “With You”

Kern River Fly Fishing Report- August 6, 2018

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

The Upper Kern is finally starting to clear up and running below 300 cfs. Anglers are having more success fishing early in the morning and nymphing deep. FB pheasant tails and bright attractors like the Tungsten Teddy are the ticket in these warm and tea stained conditions.

Check out this nice rainbow caught by SSFFClub member Sergio in the 20 mile section over the weekend.

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Lake Isabella
Fly Fishing for Crappie, Bass and Catfish in the lake at this time is okay with water temps at 73. Water level in the lake is nearly at drought level due to dam repairs.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The Lower Kern River from Isabella dam down to democrat is flowing around 1200cfs. Fishing is not recommended at this time. Water temperatures down here is 73 degrees and bass are active. The lower Kern River from Democrat Dam to downstream to Hart Park is flowing at 1100 cfs. 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.

Check out this beautiful LKG caught by Sebastian Din of Calgary.

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Beginner Fly Fishing Clinic

Saturday, August 12, 2018 | 8:00 AM | Kernville, CA

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September 5-7 2018 3 spots left

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StoneFlys Concert

I’ll be performing at River Rhythms with my band StoneFlys this coming Friday, August 10, 2018 at Riverside Park. I’d like to personally invite you all be part of a music video we will be filming during the show. Come on out and have some fun with us.

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