2014 FFOTY Awards Dinner Pics


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Every year we vote for the Fly Fisher Of The Year. There’s always been an individual that has stood out, helping, teaching and leading by example.

For 2014, we have something very different. We have two individuals that have been outstanding fly fishers:

Rob and Ryan Buhler are the Co-Fly Fishers of the Year for the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers!!
They exemplify the true meaning of Fly Fishers. They have given their time to teach others, led on Club outings and presented at many of our monthly Club meetings. All in effort to bring our passion to people that wish to learn. They have always been first in line whenever I requested fly donations. They have taught me how to fish Dana Point Harbor, San Diego Bay, Lake Crowley, Kern River, Lower Owens and how to tye effective flies for each of these locations. I wish to thank them for everything they have taught me and many Club members and congratulate them for their well deserved award.

The evening was blessed with great friends, fun conversation, and the Buhler's parents attending.  Allen Bell did a fantastaic job as the  emcee and Ewing Restaurant is back!

The people of the SSFFC continue to make the club special!



FFOTY Voting and Banquet Dinner January 10th

Voting has started for the Fly Fisher Of The Year and will continue until Dec.28th. Please email me haramic@aol.com or leave a PM for the person that has contributed the most to our fly fishing community during 2014.

We will be having the FFOTY Award Banquet Dinner on Saturday Jan. 10th., tentatively at the Pine Cone Inn with social hour starting at 6:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.

The Buhler Bros. are also holding Fly Tying Classes on the same day Jan 10th at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce starting at 9:00 am. Make it a SSFFC weekend.

This is always a fun event – roasting the FFOTY. I hope everyone can attend.


Realistic Fly Tying by Pete

2014 Inter-Club Tournament Champions

SSFFCChampions2014Southern Sierra Fly Fishers are 2014 Champions of the Interclub Fly Fishing Tournament held by the Southwest Council of the Federation of Fly Fishers.

14 teams competed in the competition on the Kern River.

Way to to team and  individual champion Ryan Spanel!!!!

More info and congrats on our FB.   https://www.facebook.com/pages/Southern-Sierra-Fly-Fishers/219129942737?ref=hl


Don Rogers, Ryan Spanel, Chris Chamberlain, Craig Root, Ants Uiga.



Ryan Spanel




SSFFC Teams: InterClub Tourney

We have our 2 Teams set for the Nov 8th SWC InterClub Tourney.  Congrats to the following: 
1.   Chris C -Team Capt
2.   Craig Root
3.   Ryan S.
4.   Ants
5.   Don
1. Joe (Tech) Team Capt.
2. Liam
3. Sergio
4. Erik
5. Brad W.    
The best of luck to our Teams!!!!   
Check-In is 8:00 AM at the Fly Shop.  There's an awards banquet at the Golf Course at 6:00 pm $30, I need your RSVP by Oct 31st.   



Kids Academy Poker Night 11/7/14

We will be holding our Kids Academy’s major fund raiser Friday November 7 at the Kernville Golf Course Clubhouse with no host bar at 6:00 PM and cards fly at 7:00 pm.  We’ll be paying Texas Holdem with a $25 buy-in.  Since this is a fund raiser, you’ll be able to buy –in as many times as you want, with last buy-in at the beginning of the Final Table.  
Members from the other SWC Clubs are invited with the InterClub Tourney the following day.  The Team from Carson City FF has been boosting about their Texas Holdem skills and we need to show them how it’s really played.  Even the President of the SWCIFFF plays every years and “donates” his $25 in the 1st 10 minutes of play.   Wink Grin Grin
You know how important this event is to our Kids Academy program.  We need to fund next years Kids Academy and the majority of funds comes from this event.  So lets buy-in and go all in to help the kids, the future of our sport.

Sample of prizes.



2014 SSFFC Kids Academy

Mark your calendars, Oct 18th!

It's been way too long with the Rendezvous date swap. 

Looking for volunteers. Donated polarized glasses, fly rods, and a ton of flies have arrived!

Must have a current family membership only $35: sign up here:  http://ssffclub.org/join-the-club/

Location Kernville Fish Hatchery. 9am - 4pm  14415 Sierra Way, Kernville, CA 93238

Potluck and camping location for Saturday evening: http://www.frandy.net/

 11252 Kernville Rd, Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-6483

Past events



Thanks everyone!

Shane Goslin




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Sept 6th Salt Outing

Last minute mini outing to Dana Point Harbor on Saturday Sept. 6th We’re meeting at 6:00 am at “Baby Beach, directions will be provided by Rob Buhler or google it.

Bring your float tube, yak or toon and the Buhler Bros will be guiding us to some fun times. We’ll start a signup list just to see how many people like to catch multiple species:

  • 1. Chiaki (haramic)
  • 2. Tim (Tim980)
  • 3. Rob (clouserfreak)
  • 4. Ryan (Ryan)
  • 5. Richard (Richard Cullip) hopefully
  • 6. Analize & Family
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.This should be a very fun outing. The Buhler Bros are our resident experts to D P Harbor. I hope they can recommend some effective flies for DP. For harbor fishing, I only know of the Crazy Dad, SD Special and Orange Ruffy, thanks to Richard. I’m sure we’ll meet for lunch afterwards to talk stories and tell lies.

Flies: Size 2-6 Clousers(calftail or bucktail) orange over white, red over white, blue over white, and olive over white. Any other flies in this size and color scheme should work fine too. Orange was the clear favorite last weekend, but talked with a friend on the water who was sticking some with olive over white. If you want to try for some larger fish then upsize to larger baitfish patterns 4-6 inches in length. Deceivers plus Half and Half's are great in blue or olive over white. Brown over tan is a sleeper that has done well over the last two years. It looks like the wind should stay down all week and conditions will be good on Saturday!! Extra gear available, if anybody is on the fence, let me know!!

Thanks, Chiaki


SSFFC Sept 13th Speaker Jack Trout

Our September speaker, Jack Trout, will describe various historical facts about the McCloud River, it’s trout, as well as other rivers and fish of Northern California.

This month, Jack Trout (now there is a name for a fisherman) will give us a history lesson. His presentation, The McCloud River Rainbows–Well Traveled Trout, will detail for us how trout, steelhead, and Salmon were shipped out all over the US & southern hemisphere. With historic pictures, rarely seen he will delve into the Aqua Train car that was built to transport fish after the completion of the transcontinental railroad. Ten of them were built. Have you ever wondered how the shad got into the Lower Sacramento River? Where the striped bass came from and how they survived the 2900 mile journey across the United States Who purchased the famous private clubs along the McCloud. Learn the history of Northern California trout from 1840 to the present and why we have rainbow trout in the Midwest. Jack has stories to tell.

Jack was born and raised in Portola, California, grew up fly fishing on Lake Davis and the Feather River and road trips with his father to the McCloud and Upper Sac. Jack’s dad, Ray, was a fishing guide at the Feather River Prep School in Graeagle & Walton’s Grizzly Boys Camp for years, where he taught and guided Leighton and Gray Hills of the Bollibokka Club on the McCloud River how to fly fish and school for their hunter safety licenses, so guiding and teaching is in the family blood.

Jack used to play sports against Mt. Shasta, Weed & McCloud area schools as a kid and later decided to move to Mount Shasta in 1994 and start a full-time local guide service. After that he started going down to guide in Chile and he met his Chilean wife Carola. They operate one of the best Chilean fly fishing guide services for one day trips and non lodge multiple day adventures. Jack guides in northern California on the Upper Sac, McCloud, Klamath, Trinity, Pit, Hat Creek and has 4 other independent guides he has worked with for years. Check out his blog adventures at www.mtshasta.com or the business site at   www.jacktrout.com.

Come and get your fill of history while being entertained with rich stories of intrigue and daring do of the early pioneers of fishing.
We will be meeting at the Fly Shop at 7:00 pm Sept 13. 



Southern Sierra Fly Fishers awarded IFFF McKenzie Cup

I'm proud to announce Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club has won the McKenzie Cup - International Federation of Fly Fishers - Fly Club of the Year!

Thank you all past and present club members for your hard work and dedication to making the club the best it can be! 

Chiaki Harami



June 21 SSFFC Meeting

Our June 21st speaker is my world famous cousin, Zino Nakasuji.  Zino has fished waters that most of us have only dreamed of fishing: New Zealand, Belize, River Spey, Christmas Island, etc.  One of his favorite methods of fly fishing is sight casting to difficult to catch fish.  He has become an expert on Bonefish on the flats, having spoken at our Club and Marriotts on Oahu Bonefishing.  He goes there only 3 or 4 times a year.  I know, poor guy.  Zino will be presenting fishing for Carp in the LA River and at Lake Henshaw.  He will cover everything you ever wanted to know about catching carp in the LA River: top spots, flies to use, etc.  For Lake Henshaw, you’ll find out about the hopper fishing for carp, that’s right top water action for carp.  The meeting starts at 7:00 pm at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce.    
As an added bonus, come fish Sunday morning with Zino and Randy for Carp at Lake Isabella and find out how it’s done by two premiere carp fly fishers.  Catching carp is not easy.  Learn the secret techniques and flies used by the experts.  This should be a fun time!! Wink       

Last Minute Vous 2014 Announcements

The 2014 Vous is only a few days away!

Here's a few last minute announcements:

1.  Friday night pot luck will be held at Campground site #80, at Jay Ryan's RV.  Please bring some type of appetizer.  

2.  Just as a reminder, check-in for the C & R Tourney will be 7:30 to 8:30 am Saturday morning at the Fly Shop.  Coffee will be provided and  Guy's Shop will be open to pickup any last minute supplies. Looking forward to seeing everyone!  SSFFRendezvous2012[1]

Please drive safely.

Thanks, Chiaki

2014 SSFFC Rendezvous: April 5


Sign up online here       http://ssffclub.org/rendezvous/

Club membership:  http://ssffclub.org/join-the-club/join/

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’ and have fun.   

TOURNAMENT ENTRY FEE: $25, dinner is included. A current membership is required. One year membership fee is $25 for an individual membership; $35 for family membership. Rendezvous and Membership applications will be emailed directly to current Club members. Non-members may request applications via PM or email to CopperDropper (gfsilveiira@charter.net) or haramic (haramic@aol.com). The maximum number of participants is 79 and we expect to fill all 79 spots.      "Guide" Jeans   

  1. Check in: 7:30 to 8:30 AM  at the Kern River Fly Shop 
  2. Announcements: 8:30 AM
  3. Start fishing a t 8:45 AM until 2:00 PM Sharp  Return check in: 2:00 to 2:30 PM 
  4. Casting Contest, raffle ticket sales and social: 3:00  to 5:00 PM 
  5. 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 (No rafts, boats, tubes, bath tubs, etc.) 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.) 10 inch minimum for qualifying fish, round down to the nearest inch.   

*Trophy, prizes for biggest trout, most accumulated inches of trout, biggest Pike Minnow, biggest Sucker.  *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 AND FFESTIVITIES ONLY: $10 FEE, $15 non-member for those who aren’t able to participate in the Tourney, but want to attend the dinner, festivities and to support the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers.  SSFFC membership is not a requirement for this portion of the event. We have many items for the raffle from a Guide Trip from KR Troutfitters to books, hats, flies, discount coupons for Fly Fishing products and MORE! We will also hold a silent auction.  

 For questions or more information, please PM or email contact me at haramic@aol.com   

 Thanks Chiaki!