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Message started by Flycrazy on May 21st, 2009, 7:56pm

Title: Kern River trip
Post by Flycrazy on May 21st, 2009, 7:56pm

Looking at heading to the Kern from SB this weekend with a few buddies. Wondering who has fished, what flys are best and who wants to go fishing?! Would like to find someone or a few people who have fished it before. Pretty new to fly fishing, maybe pick-up a thing or two. -Erik   8-)

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Forum Admin on May 22nd, 2009, 4:38pm


Be sure and stop at the fly shop (Kern River Fly Shop) in Kernville. You can get the latest report and advice there.

At this time of year, runoff season, the river will be raging. Look for slower moving areas along the edges and in pockets where fish can get out of the too fast current.

Stone fly patterns as well as small PTs and Kern emergers are staple patterns on the Kern.

Let us know how you do.

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Flycrazy on May 22nd, 2009, 5:45pm

hey thanks a lot, I'll stop by the shop in the morning, headed out today. Should be a good time, thanks again for the advice :)

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Flycrazy on May 25th, 2009, 2:27pm

Well as expected the Kern was raging, so I headed up to the Forks of Kern in search of slower water. Once you get away from the tent cities and way back there, its beautiful. Hiked down the golden trout wilderness trail, what a view! Fished one of the forks, no goldies :'(  but I did catch a lot of rainbows. Will post some pictures soon. -Erik

Also stopped by the fly shop in Kernville, very very helpful there!

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by jburk on May 26th, 2009, 2:50pm

Great comments for me to use as well.

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Flycrazy on May 26th, 2009, 10:26pm
By erikshoyer ( at 2009-05-26 of these little guys

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Forum Admin on May 27th, 2009, 11:31am

Erik, the theory is: the Southern Sierra high country is home to three species of trout that evolved from a sea run Redband Rainbow trapped by ice conditions. The three species are the State fish: California Golden Trout (Volcano Creek), the Little Kern Golden and the Kern River Rainbow. I've heard some refer to all of them as Goldens and the pure Kern River Rainbow can get that "golden" hue.
Kern River Rainbow picture courtesy (

The area you were in will be the Kern River Rainbow's territory although they too have suffered from the strain being tainted by stockers. This is why the Kern River is not being stocked downriver at this time pending studies. Guy Jeans has pack trips into the area north of there nearer the headwaters where you can catch pure Kern River Rainbow over 20".  That's where the picture above came from.

Here's a link from TU with a map that shows these three fish:

If want to catch Goldens (although not a pure strain) head east over Sherman Pass when the snow melts and you will find creeks with Golden hybrids up on top. They look like the pure Golden but the strain has been tainted by stocked rainbow genes.

Anyway, nice pictures and a nice little native fish! There's not too many places in the world where you can catch native trout. California has 10 native trout; some states only have 1, some have none!

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Flycrazy on May 27th, 2009, 9:21pm

Thanks for the inf0, that clears up some confusion I had. When I stopped by the Kern store they recommended spots over Sherman pass but unfortunately I didn't have enough time. I'd like to check it out on my next trip! Is it Guy who puts out the DVDs the area? I think his newest one covers that area but I may be wrong. -Erik

Title: Re: Kern River trip
Post by Forum Admin on May 28th, 2009, 10:46am

Guy's newest DVD covers the Golden Trout Wilderness and was filmed in the area I mentioned north of where you were fishing, not the areas accessible via Sherman Pass.

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