The Erskine Fire has devastated the lives in the Kern Valley area. Here are the latest tragic numbers: 2 fatalities, 257 buildings destroyed, 48,019 acres burned & cost $19.3 million. Many of these burned down buildings were primary homes and people lost everything. The fire came fast and people were lucky to escape with only the clothes on their backs. I heard one story of a fire victim running out of his burning home and only had time to grab one item…….his fly rod. Many of the fire victims are students and their lives have been completely destroyed. The common thread amongst the victims is finding shelter and food to eat. It will takes months and months as the community gathers the pieces and strives to rebuild.
Southern Sierra Fly Fishers wants to help in the fund raising efforts to assist the Erskine Fire victims. We are requesting donations in $10 increments. The funds will be used to purchase Vons certificates and distributed to the fire victims. Donations can be made by clicking the "DONATE" link on the left side of this website page. Payments will be processed through Paypal. For each $10 donated, you will be entered into a drawing for a REDINGTON fly fishing outfit which includes a Vapen Black 5wt., Behemoth 5/6 reel spooled with 20 lb. backing and RIO Gold WF5F line, a fly box with 2-dozen flies, a Rubber-landing Net and a full day guide trip with Guy Jeans on the Kern River. The winner will be announced on this website on Monday, August 8, 2016. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SOUTHERN SIERRA FLY FISHERS
11th ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS
APRIL 23rd 2016 AT RIVERNOOK CAMPGROUND – 14001 Sierra Way, KERNVILLE, CA
Come and join the festivities regardless of your fishing ability and whether or not you want to participate in the tournament. This is our annual fund raising - club membership drive major event of the year. Bring your family and/or significant ‘other’. It’s always a fun time.
TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: $25, dinner and entertainment are included. A current membership is required. One year membership fee is $25 for an individual membership; $35 for family membership. Go to ssffclub.org for Membership and Tournament application and payment. The maximum number of participants is 79 and we expect to fill all 79 spots. The application deadline is April 20 2016, so a headcount can be obtained.
Check in: 7:30 to 8:30 AM at Kern River Fly Shop
Announcements: 8:30 AM
Start fishing at 8:45 AM until 2:00 PM Sharp
Return check in: 2:00 to 2:30 PM at Rivernook Campground
Casting Contest, raffle ticket sales and social: 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Dinner, entertainment and awards: 5:00 PM – ?
Rules of Tournament: Areas to be fished are from the Johnsondale Bridge to the bridge in Kernville, this area maybe expanded based upon the number of participants. Fly Fishing equipment and barbless hooks only, Catch and Release, Maximum three flies at one time No flotation devices. Return with a bag of trash that you picked up from your location (we will supply the bags). All fishing will be done in pairs to verify catch (Please find a participating partner, if you can’t, the tourney committee will do its best to assign a partner.) No minimum length for qualifying fish, round down to the nearest inch.
*Trophy, prizes for biggest trout and most accumulated inches of trout.
*We will also have a Kids Division.
*Prizes for best and worst dressed participant. (You have to wear it all day until you return @ check in)
*Prize for most trash collected
DINNER, FESTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT ONLY: $15 FEE, for those who aren’t able to participate in the Tourney, but want to attend the dinner, entertainment and to support the SSFFFC. SSFFC membership is not a requirement for this portion of the event. We have many items for the raffle from a Guide Trip from Kern River Fly Shop to books, hats, flies, discount coupons for Fly Fishing products, heads or tails and MORE! We will also hold a silent auction. Dinner and Entertainment registration and payment go to: ssffclub.org Payment Deadline: April 20, 2016
ENTERTAINMENT by Bernard Yin and Par Avion – Surf Music. $5 if you only want to come for the entertainment. Payment at: ssffclub.org
Purchase raffle tickets at a special pricing before April 20, 2016 ssffclub.org
For questions or more information, please email me at email@example.com
Kids Academy at the Kernville Hatchery. The Club will be teaching 15 to 20 kids ages 8 to 18, how to fly fish.
Meeting: At Rivernook Campground at 7:00 pm Guest Speaker: Game Warden
Informal Outing: Golden Trout: Date to be determined. Location: Top Secret
Outing: San Diego Bay with Richard Cullip & Mark Sweat. Meet at Tidelands Park at 6:00 am on Saturday. Sunday time and location to be determined.
Day Activity: Rod Building class with Chiaki Harami and Pete Emmel. Kernville Chamber of Commerce at 9:00 am Cost: $130 Limited to 8 students. Email Chiaki to reserve a spot: firstname.lastname@example.org
SSFFC will have a booth at the Fishstock event at the Kernville Hatchery this Saturday Sept 5th. We are looking for members to help work the booth. You can help by:
1. Providing general information about the Club
2. Teaching kids to tye flies.
3. Assisting kids catch trout at the adjacent hatchery pond.
We will be settling up the booth at 10:30 am and the gates open to the public at noon 12:00 pm. This great event runs until 9:00 pm.
Fishstock is a fund raising music festival to help the Kernville Hatchery purchase trout food and start a trophy trout program for the Kern River. There will be 11 bands performing including the Stoneflys and the Kern River Ukulele Club.
So far we have 3 Board members working the booth and we will need more help. If you’re interested in helping, please contact Chiaki at: Haramic@aol.com
Check out the set list of band on facebook!
Lower Kern River Trip targeting Smallmouth Bass on Sunday July 26th, meet at 8:00 am.
Personal watercrafts are highly advisable on this outing. Kimberly stated it’s difficult to fish from the steep bank and it drops off very quickly, not much chance to wade. Additional details are forthcoming. We are trying to make arrangements to reserve special facilities for post float activities. The special facilities are being managed by a former SSFFC member. He was ”converted” to fly fishing.
Guy Jeans has offered his services on this special outing! I’ve never fished for Smallmouth bass before, so I’m all in.
Fly recommendations – Flies need to be big! I’ll get more details. Equipment needed: I’ll get more details. There maybe a few extra float tubes available, so don’t let that stop you. This will be a fun outing and lunch will be provided. Please reply to email@example.com
Our next club meeting is June 13th.
I will be looking forward to another of their awesome presentations. It looks like the river is fishing well, so lets all get together for a nice day of fishing and a great club meeting.
See ya there!!!
June 3 , 2015
Last day to comment on making history for the Kern River Rainbow!
The SSFFC public comment letter,
The Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club (SSFFC) is headquartered in Kernville, California, the gateway to the Southern Sierra and Golden Trout Wilderness. We support the collection of the native Kern River Rainbow (KRR) from SQNP as part of a native trout conservation strategy which will include reintroduction of pure strain KRR into their native waters within the vast Kern River Basin. This collection for is a major step towards the reintroduction of the KRR strain into waters where their genetic makeup has been compromised from past stocking practices. Multiple genetic studies by UC Davis have been completed and their recommendations for collection from multiple sites to prevent genetic bottlenecks is an appropriate model for the CDFW to follow. This project should also help to protect the KRR from a possible listing as a threatened species if its population were to continue to decline as many native trout species in California already have. The successful reintroduction of the Little Kern Golden Trout by the CDFW proved that it is also possible for the Kern River Rainbow. Thank you for your time and allowing us to comment.
The local fly clubs have been working on this project for almost 30 years and it's close to fruition.
Link to comment online
More info on the history
We appreciate your comment either for or against!
Southern Sierra Fly Fishers
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The 2015 tenth year Rendezvous anniversary is in the books. I want to thank everyone that attended. Your participation has helped SSFFC continue its important programs and projects for another year. I hope everyone had a great time like I did. This Vous was the first one for our many of our new members and 10th for many of us old timers.
The main purpose of the Vous is to get together with old friends, talk fish stories and make new friends. The secondary purpose is to raise funds and bring in new members. I believe both missions were accomplished. Our Kids Academy program is so important that we held two special raffles to raise earmarked funds. We had a donated Yeti cooler and 4 fly boxes containing approx. 250 flies from our top fly tying members: Rob and Ryan Buhler, Allen Bell, Adam Petuskey and Bill Hammons. These items were almost enough to fund the 2016 Kids Academy. We just need a little more from the Kids Academy Pokers night and we will be set for 2016. Plans for another Yeti cooler are already underway and this Yeti will be taken on the road to many shows, outings and awarded at the 2016 Vous.
Big thanks goes out to our friends: Freddie, Phil and Tim for cooking the best tri tip and chicken bbq dinners . Outstanding job gentlemen, the food was delicious. A special thanks goes out to the Woodward Brothers for their donation of their Montana cabin and another special thanks to the Barnes Family for their winning bid on the cabin.
The Stoneflys rocked the canyon with their fun music and grew a big dancing crowd. Big thanks also goes out to everyone that donated raffle items. We also provided space to our important vendors and programs: Redington/Sage, CFR and Sierra Nets.
Thank you to everyone that helped pull the Vous together. Most importantly, thank you to the members that donated, participated and funded the SSFFC. This club is for you, the best Fly Club in the world!!!!
There are several top quality boxes available for this years raffle:
Legendary tyer, Bill Hammons and the Carson Fly Fishers have donated a box of over 60 trout flies!=$120-150 value
Allen Bell has donated some of his famous "StimuRaiders" and Missing Link's for a box that will also include four dozen trout flies from The Buhler Bros....equaling 72 top notch trout flies with a waterproof box. $150 plus value
A large selection of Crowley flies from Adam(Petundra) and The Buhler Bros....box included. $150 value
So Cal surf/bay box with 60 hot patterns and waterproof box from Rob Buhler. $200 value
This month we have a great speaker. Cmdr Joel Stewart will speak to our club on the Baghdad School of Flyfishing. The Kern should be fishing better every day now, so let's all plan to come up and have a great day fishing the river and that night, enjoying this very special presentation.
The meeting is 3-21, 7:00 at the Kern Chamber of Commerce.
Allen Bell did some scouting for this weekends Owens outing!
Hi guys, with the LowO outing next weekend, I went up yesterday. Nymphing was ok, not great in the morning. Usual flies. Around 12:30, the river lit up with a nice Caddis hatch. Brachy's !! Fish mainly eating egg layers,so be ready to make the fly hop a little. They are #18's with a thin black body and make the wing fluffy. Really nice fish taken during the hatch, including 3 over 16". Smallest I caught during the event was over 12. About halfway through, Blue Wings came out They were #16's. the fish were taking both. Too much fun!! The hatch lasted around 3 hrs and fishing was pretty slow after. BUT, that was a fantastic time, well worth the trip. So, tie a few flies, or I will have a few should anyone need a couple.
Hope to see all of you Sat am for breakfast!! Allen
Breakfast is at Petite Pantry at 8:00 am. Dinner is at Pizza Factory in Bishop at 6:30 pm
Link to join us for the celebration! cut and paste http://ssffclub.org/rendezvous/
SOUTHERN SIERRA FLY FISHERS 10th ANNUAL RENDEZVOUS! April 18, 2015
2015 OFFICER’S AND DIRECTORS INSTALLATION DINNER.
MOUNTAIN & RIVERS ADVENTURES CAMPGROUND – 15775 Sierra Way. Kernville, CA
Here we go again!!! Come and join the festivities regardless of your fishing ability and whether or not you want to participate in the tournament. This is our annual fund raising - club membership drive major event of the year. Bring your family and/or significant ‘other’. It’s always a fun time.