SSFFC Fishstock Music Festival Sept 5th

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:

Check out the set list of band on facebook!


Outing July 26th Kern River SMB

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 KernSMB

June 13th Meeting ‘Flyfishing Lake Crowley From a Personal Watercraft

Hello all,

Our next club meeting is June 13th.

RobBThe Buhlers, Rob and Ryan are back and will be presenting. 'Flyfishing Lake Crowley From a Personal Watercraft

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!!! 

Allen Bell

TODAY Last Day, June 3, to comment on Kern River Rainbow Collection

June 3 , 2015

Last day to comment on making history for the Kern River Rainbow!

Funston Meadow Kern River Rainbow

Funston Meadow 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!

Shane Goslin

Southern Sierra Fly Fishers

2015 Vous Report: THANK YOU!

This gallery contains 10 photos.

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!!!!

Thank you,


Craig Root: Most Trout 117 inches.

Craig Root: Most Trout 117 inches.

Keith Pengilley Dry Fly Only

Keith Pengilley Dry Fly Only

Junior Division: Marcos Skidge

Junior Division: Marcos Skidgel

Largest TROUT: 16 INCHES Jeremy Hale

Largest TROUT: 16 INCHES Jeremy Hale

Men’s Casting  Jeremy Hale

Men’s Casting Jeremy Hale


Nate Tennant : Junior Casting


Women’s Casting: Caroline Craven:

Women’s Casting: Caroline Craven

CFR with Sharon Richards, Chiaki and Bonnie Anderson.

CFR with Sharon Richards, Chiaki and Bonnie Anderson.

Fred  and Phil aka Vous Chefs

Fred and Phil aka Vous Chefs

Preparing for StoneFlys

Preparing for StoneFlys

Rendezvous Raffle Fly Boxes

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 included. $150 value
So Cal surf/bay box with 60 hot patterns and waterproof box from Rob Buhler. $200 value





Vous Raffle

March 21st Speaker Baghdad School of Fly Fishing!





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   Bag1

Rendezvous Yeti Raffle

First big donation/prize  at the 2015 SSFFC Vous

Raffle drawing for $450 Yeti Cooler for Kids Academy.

$5 per ticket.

Drawing to take place April 18 at the SSFFC Rendezvous.

cut and paste to enter:




Outing: Owens River March 7-8

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

RENDEZVOUS 2015! Ten Year Anniversary

Link to join us for the celebration! cut and paste




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.

IMGP2609A[1]Heads or Tails RendevouzVous 2012"Guide" Jeans


Feb 21st Guest Speakers

Freddie Ramirez and Jessica Stickland, from Trout Unlimited will be our February guest speakers. Freddie heads up the Fresno TU Chapter and is interested in creating a Satellite Club in our area. This format makes a lot of sense and I’m very interested in his ideas. The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Kernville Chamber Room. I hope everyone can attend this important meeting.

We still have room in our Rod Building Class which starts at 9:00 am, also this Saturday.

Make it a SSFFC weekend.




Rod Building Class Feb 21 Need participants!

Only two students learning from two master rod building gurus. Don't let this opportunity pass!

Rod Building Class on Feb 21st at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce . Cost will be $130, which includes the following:

Rod Building Kit: Blank, reel seat, cork handle, guides, tip top, thread & wind check. Everything will fit.
Rod Finish, cups & brushes
Wrapping Jig
Drying Motor with Stand
1/8" Masking Tape
White China Marker
Emery Cloth
Burnishing Tool

In class, there will also be epoxy, reamers & masking tape. The $130 is the SSFFC cost for these items and we pass it along to our members. This is the best deal you'll find anywhere. Combined this with Pete Emmel as the rod building instructor, priceless. I'll be assisting Professor Pete. Paricipants will be close to completing their rod by the end of the class. You keep the rod and all the supplies and tools. And you'll have the knowledge to build fly rods. It will also be a fun class.

SSFFC Membership is a requirement of the class. Join SSFFC: http:/


    We can take up to 8 members. Signup by replying or email