Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 20, 2018

Where do you want to fish in the Southern Sierra? Water temps drop on the upper Kern, while Lower Kern remains steady.

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river is down to 250 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time from the Powerhouse down to the lake, and a few local anglers are doing well on wild fish above this area. Water temps dropped to 34-36 degrees and this means that trout get lethargic and harder to catch. The Fish and Wild Life stocked hatchery fish in section #5, #4, and #3 last week for Whiskey Flats days and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer than the upper. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and this week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Lower Kern Rainbow caught by Rick Diffine

Lake Isabella

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report February 13, 2018

Dry Flies, Skwalas and a few fish in the Southern Sierra with continued warm weather and no snow.

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is ok at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them.  A Skwala Stonefly hatch got fish looking up on the upper this last weekend. The Fish and Wild Life is stocking hatchery fish in section #2 #3 this week and will continue the following week for those of you chasing hatchery fish.


Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river last week and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower kern from Democrat Dam to downstream to the next powerhouse is muddy. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

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Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday February 24, 2018

Beginner Clinic #1 – Saturday March 24, 2018

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Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday February 25, 2018

Intermediate Fly Fishing Clinic – Sunday March 25, 2018

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The next “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic”  Ventura

Saturday March 31, 2018

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Fun Times at the “Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic” in Pismo CA

Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 30, 2018

 

The upper Kern River is fishing better with the warm weather while the Lower Kern River remains good!

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures came up the last few days to 42 degrees in the morning and warming up to 45 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but a few fish are getting active and a few fly anglers have caught them. A Skwala Stonefly hatch has started on the upper Kern as well as a few BWO’s. The Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 4 weeks ago for those anglers targeting stocked fish.

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Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Below are some BWO’s from a stomach pump on the lower Kern

 

 

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Lake Isabella – Ok for Trout, fishing slow for bass and carp


4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge is open year round- Fishing has been poor in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.


South Fork of the Kern is closed until the last Saturday in April
All tributaries in Tulare County are closed until the last Saturday in April.


Upcoming Clinics


Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic in Ventura Saturday February 3, 2018 / 8am to 11am

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 23, 2018

Upper Kern River continues to fish slow while the Lower Kern River remains hot!

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures have dropped down to 36 degrees in the morning and warming up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. The river is down to 350 cfs and clear. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but the Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 3 weeks ago for those anglers targeting stocked fish.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blue Wing olive hatch around 2pm and fish are coming up in certain sections of the lower Kern. Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer. The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

These are pictures from the Lower Kern Fly Fishing Clinic held on Sunday January 21, 2018

 

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Lake Isabella – Ok for Trout, fishing slow for bass and carp


4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge is open year round- Fishing has been poor in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.


South Fork of the Kern is closed until the last Saturday in April
All tributaries in Tulare County are closed until the last Saturday in April.


Upcoming Clinics


Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic in Ventura Saturday February 3, 2018 / 8am to 11am

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report January 9, 2018

Upper Kern River fishing slow- Lower Kern River fishing good!

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Upper Kern 20 Mile Section (north of Kern River Fly Shop)The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures have dropped down to 38 degrees in the morning and warming up to 40 degrees in the afternoon. The river has raised up to 1000 cfs and is now down to 700 cfs and a little murky. Fishing on the upper Kern is slow at this time, but the Fish and Wild Life did stock hatchery fish in section #3 last week for those anglers targeting stocked fish.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Water temperatures down here are 5 to 10 degrees warmer The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower Kern has been fishing slow for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Lower Kern Fish caught on Saturday January 6, 2017 by the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club

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Lake Isabella – Ok for Trout, fishing slow for bass and carp


4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge is open year round- Fishing has been poor in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.


South Fork of the Kern is closed until the last Saturday in April
All tributaries in Tulare County are closed until the last Saturday in April.


Upcoming Clinics

Beginner Clinic #1 “Trout Tactics” Saturday January 20, 2018

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Lower Kern River “Trout” Clinic – Sunday January 21, 2018- (2 spots left)

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Fly Casting Clinic Ventura Sunday January 14 , 2018  / 9am to 11am

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Fly Fishing the Surf Clinics

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic in Ventura Saturday January 13, 2018 / 8am to 11am

Intro to Fly Fishing the Surf in Pismo – Sunday February 11, 2018 / 8am to 11am

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Kern River Fly Fishing Report December 7, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

The upper Kern River from Lake Isabella north to 4 miles past the Johnsondale bridge( wild trout section) remains open to fly fishing all year. Water temperatures have dropped down to 43 degrees in the morning and warming up to 48 degrees in the afternoon. The fishing is slow early in the morning in this section, but turns on later in the day, around 2pm. A slight BWO hatch occurs around this time and Rainbows are looking up in some areas. Nymphing  or using a dry dropper rig during the other times is producing a fish here and there. Please check out the video below.

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – The DFW stocked the lower river recently and fly fishers have been doing well on hatchery fish in this section. The lower Kern has been fishing fair for bass at this time from lake Isabella dam to Bakersfield/Oildale.

Lake Isabella – Fishing slow for bass and carp

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing has been fair to slow in this section. On November 15, the wild trout section became catch and release only with barbless hooks. No bait is allowed in this section all year long.

South Fork of the Kern Closed

All tributaries in Tulare County are closed.

Kern River Fly Fishing Report October 10, 2017

 

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 250 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. Water temps are starting around 45 degrees and warming up to about 52 degrees in the afternoon. Rainbows are very active in the afternoon. There is a  BWO hatch at 1pm ish. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams. Below are some clients this week and some of their catches. A lot of first time fly fishers catching their first fish on a fly. Woo hoo!!!

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time on the upper Kern.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Lake Isabella – Fishing good for bass from the shore. Poppers!

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time.

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good!

South Fork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

Beginner Class #1 learning to fly cast for the first time.

Upcoming Clinics

Beginner Fly fishing in the Surf Clinic – Saturday November, 25, 2017

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Discovery -Ventura Friday November 24, 2017 @7pm

 

 

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 27, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 400 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 52 degrees and rainbows are very active. There is a major Dragonfly hatch around 1pm and a BWO hatch at the same time. Rainbows are becoming very active at this time. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams.

Barbara with her first fish on a fly.
The 20 mile section looks amazing and healthy. This section is fishing excellent!
Jim with a nice rainbow caught yesterday!

The CA Open was amazing!

More photos here! CA Open Photos and Videos

Here are the official results from the 1st Annual California Fly Fishing Open. 1st Place Deep Creek-NuCast Team, 2nd: Team Simms, 3rd: Southern Sierra Fly Fishers. The biggest fish was a 19 inch rainbow expertly caught by Dustin Sergent. It was a beautiful day as check in started at the Kern River Fly Shop at 8:00 After Team & group pictures, the participants were on their way. The river was in prime shape with flows at 420 cfs – perfect! Lots of trout were caught during the day with the above top 3 teams accounting for 83 trout. There were 13 teams participating and we had approx. 140 people attend the afternoon festivities. 15 vendors and Par Avion and the Stoneflys bands rocked the crowd. People enjoyed the fine BBQ and beverages. Thank you to everyone who attended.

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Lake Isabella – Fishing good for bass from the shore.

Elli Jeans throwing poppers on Lake Isabella and hooking up!
Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Fishing excellent for bass at this time.

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good!

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

 

 

Kern River Fly Fishing Report September 5, 2017

Upper Kern 20 Mile Section

Flows on the 20 mile section are around 600 cfs and the river continues to fish world class as many rainbow are being caught up and down in this section. This is the time to start fly fishing this section as water temps are holding around 60 degrees and rainbows are very active. Streamers are working well casting down and across and stripping back up stream in the seams.

Wild Trout in the 20 Mile Section

Below are some links to flies we are using at this time.

20 Mile Section Nymph Package

20 Mile Section Dry Fly Package

20 Mile Mega Fly Selection

Hooked up on the upper Kern

Teresa Omalley on the Upper Kern

Lower Kern River below Isabella Lake – Blown Out

4 Mile Wild Trout Section above Johnsondale Bridge- Fishing good, but be careful wading in this section.

Southfork of the Kern Some sections are fishing fantastic and some aren’t fishing very well.

The southern Sierra small creeks continue to fish very well.

Beginner Clinic Saturday October 7, 2017

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Fly Fishing the Surf Clinic Registration

Kern River Fly Fishing Report June 19, 2017

FLY FISHING SMALL STREAMS OF THE KERN RIVER

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Small Stream Clinic  Saturday July 1, 2017 Click here!

A great alternative to fly fishing the upper Kern is the small creeks that are flowing into the upper and southern forks of the Kern river. There are hundreds of miles of small creeks to explore in the southern Sierra. Here you can catch Golden, Brown, Brooke, Rainbow, and Golden/Rainbow trout hybrids. Get out your 2 or 3 wt fly rod and explore and discover some amazing fishing. The creeks and fish are healthy and doing well.

These small creeks are home to wild fish and are not stocked. Please use single barbless hooks when fishing these areas and practice catch and release techniques.

Learn more about “Catch and Release” here.

 

Flies to use on the small creeks – Click here Southern Sierra Dry Fly Package

Great rod to use on the small creeks is the new Redington Vice 3wt

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SOUTH FORK OF THE KERN

The south fork of the Kern is blown out and not fishing well at this time.

LAKE ISABELLA

Recent stocking in Lake Isabella of 5 to 10 pound trout has produced some nice fish this week in Kissack and Paradise Coves. These are leftovers from the Lake Isabella Fishing Derby in April. Look for these fish to be heading into the north and south forks of the Kern real soon.

With the Upper and Lower Kern pushing the limits with record breaking flows, we are fortunate enough to have an alternative location to fish: Lake Isabella.  With the massive influx of water, which we have not had in the lake since May of 2007, these conditions are bound to create a healthy habitat and grounds for the fish to become extremely active. At the present time, here you will come across trout, bass, crappie and even carp, which are a challenge to land on the fly!

Fly Fishing For Lake Isabella Carp – Epic

Carpaholic Jon Hart with a monster Isabella Carp on the Fly
Andrew from Rhino Nets hooked up hard on a Isabella Carp.
Stoked!
Another local Kernvillian Carpaholic – Celine with on a nice one on the fly!
Phillip and a Isabella Carp. It’s time to bring the Carpthrowdown to Lake Isabella.

UPPER KERN FLY FISHING REPORT

The Upper Kern River is definitely running strong at approximately 7,300 CFS.  The upper Kern River is blown out and not fishing well.

FORKS OF THE KERN

With the current flows and forecasted run off, it is going to be a couple of months before we can even access the Forks. In the meantime,  try hitting up some of the smaller streams, creeks and tributaries running into the main Kern River or Little Kern.

We are once again offering our 4×4 trips for 2017!

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4×4 trips for 2017