Southern Sierra Fly Fishers 2017 Scheduled Events

March 18 – Upper Kern:  Guy Jeans will be leading this outing and providing fly fishing lessons.  This is an excellent opportunity to learn how to fly fish the Kern River from the best.  This class is limited to 12 members.  Please email to reserve your spot.  We’ll meet at the Fly Shop at 8:30 am for the fun day.

The evening of March 18th  Seth Blackamore will be presenting backpacking and fly fishing the back county of the Eastern High Sierras.  Meet at the Kernville Chamber at 7:00 pm.

March 19th – Fly Tying with Buhler Bros:  This class is specially geared towards beginner fly tyers or anyone that needs help with a certain fly.  Meet at the Kernville Chamber at 9:00 am.

Sign up with Rob Buhler:

April 8 – Rendezvous: This is our Club’s biggest fund raiser and membership drive.  Catch and release partner tourney, casting contest, raffles, BBQ dinner and entertainment.  The main activities will be held at Rivernook.  Reserve your campsite and let them know you’re with SSFFC.  This event is always a fun party, please come out and support SSFFC.

May 6 Kids Academy: 15 kids, ages 8 to 18 will be learning how to fly fish during this fun filled day at the Kernville Hatchery.   Kids will learn casting, entomology, conservation, knots, fly tying and fishing for rainbow trout at the Hatchery.  Membership is required.  Please contact Kimberly at the Kern River Fly Shop for enrollment.  If you would like to help with the kids in this worthy cause, please email

June 24th: Women’s Fly Fishing Class.  This class will focus on learning to fly fish from the women’s perspective.  We have a number of outstanding women instructors including Kesley Gallagher and Analiza del Rosario.  Kesley has fished all over the world and holds a number of IGFA world records.  Analiza has been a Board member on the Southwest Council of the Federation of Fly Fisher as the Women’s Director and recently on the radio providing her expert advice.  We are lucky to have both as instructors for this new class.  Please email if you have any questions or like to sign up.  SSFFC membership is required.  Meet at the Fly Shop at 8:30 am.

On the same day, the men and other women will have a Carp outing on Lake Isabella led by Randy Skidgel, Carp Fly Fisher extraordinaire.  Randy will discuss the fly fishing gear, flies and techniques needed to catch the mighty carp.  Meet at the Fly Shop at 8:30 am.  Email for questions or to sign up.

Meeting: The evening of June 24th Kesley Gallagher will be our guest speaker.  She will talk about how to apply to the IGFA for world records, her current world records and her fly fishing adventures.  Kesley is becoming a fly fishing celebrity and here’s your chance to meet her as she rises to the top.  Meet at the Kernville Chamber at 7:00 pm.

July 22nd:  Guy Jeans will be leading our outing to the Lower Kern again this year.  We will be targeting bass on the lower.  Float tubes, pontoons or kayaks are highly recommended.  Meet at the Fly Shop at 8:00 am.

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

2015 Vous Report: THANK YOU!

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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!!!!

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

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.

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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.


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



Ryan Spanel




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:

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

Potluck and camping location for Saturday evening:

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

Past events

Thanks everyone!

Shane Goslin


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2014 SSFFC Rendezvous: April 5


Sign up online here

Club membership:

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 ( or haramic ( 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   

 Thanks Chiaki! 

Fly Fisher of the Year: Pete Emmel!

Hi Everyone, 
I'm very proud to announce Pete Emmel is our Southern Sierra Fly Fishers FOTYPeteFOTY!  He received the most votes from our members, including mine.  I admire Pete for his drive, determination for all he's has done for the Club and for fly fishing.  He's done tons for the Club, Casting for Recovery, Project Healing Water, rod building, rod swaps, etc.  Pete keeps our Club as one of the leaders in rod building in the SWCFFF and the nation.     
Pete has given so much to the Club and is the perfect example of what our sport is all about.  This award is very well deserved.     
Please join us at his dinner banquet (roast Wink Grin) on March 8th at the Kernville  Golf course Clubhouse, social hour, no host bar stating at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.  RSVP by replying to this email or email:       

Lower Owens Outing Feb. 22/23

IMGP2004[1]Feb. 22 and 23 are the weekend dates for the SSFFC February Outing to Lower Owens.  Our Outings Chair, Chris, has assigned me to head up this outing.  Based upon recent reports, it’s shaping up to be very good conditions.  Traditionally, we’ve met for breakfast Saturday morning.  I’m thinking of meeting at 7:00 am at:

Petite Pantry   2278 North Sierra Highway Bishop


It’s right next to Sierra Trout Magnet Fly Shop.  The great Buhler Brothers, Rob and Ryan have offered help to anyone needing assistance in fishing the Lower O.  A big thanks goes out to them again for helping the Club.  Based upon their recent report, they really know this water. 

After a fun day of fly fishing, let’s meet at 6:00 pm at the Pizza Factory 970 N. Main Street Bishop.The Club will be sponsoring our pizza dinner, while we swap tall tales of the day’s adventure. 

Sue and I went 2 years ago on this outing and had a BLAST!  We’re both looking forward to another fun adventure.  I hope many of you can make this outing.   If anyone is interested in what a fun time we had 2 years ago here's my post from back then:

I'm trying to get Allen bell on this years outing, again.   ;D  We always have a fun time.  🙂

Thanks, Chiaki


SSFFC Jan 11th Fly Tying Class & Truckee River Guest Speaker

The Buhler brothers are teaching one of their epic fly tying classes, January 11, 2014. Plus, we're having a guest speaker featuring the Truckee River. Wow, a great day of learning and friends.

We would accommodate beginning to advanced tyers covering all the basics for beginners having you tying flies that catch fish before the end of class while touching on advanced techniques for experienced tyers from quill and biot bodies to spinning deer hair.

The classes are very laid back and stress free with an opportunity to meet other club members and improve or start on your tying skills.
Currently seven tiers are signed up and we looking for beginners too!

Thank you,

More info.......760-913-SSFF flypics090-1