Women’s Fly Fishing Class – June 24th

The Women Fly Fishing Class will be held on Saturday June 24th starting at 8:30 am at the Kern River Fly Shop.  This class is geared toward beginner Women Fly Fishers or ones that have never fly fished.  The classes will be taught from a woman's perspective.  The women will learn about casting, knots, entomology, conservation/ etiquette, fly tying and equipment/apparel.  Guy Jeans will be teaching casting, but the rest of the stations will be taught by experienced woman instructors. .  We are placing a 60 women limit for the class = 10 women per station.  The participants will spend 50 minutes at each station then rotate to the next station.  We have made arrangements for Simms to bring their full line of Women's apparel in each size.  There will be goodie bags, an hour lunch break and the Class will end at 4:00 pm.  The cost of the class is $0.  Women will be on their own for all meals.  The only requirement for the class is to become a member of Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club: $25 for single or $35 family. Click the membership tab above to join.

There will be a SSFFC meeting that night 7:00 pm at the Kernville Chamber of Commerce.  Kesley Gallagher, class instructor, will be the main speaker talking about her fly fishing adventures and her 4 fly fishing world records.  The world’s best cake (according to Giada De Laurentiis, Food Channel Chef) will be served at the meeting.  A fund raiser for Casting For Recovery will also be part of the meeting.  We will be playing heads or tails for a custom build Sage rod.  Also as part of the meeting, Debbie Sharpton, SWC Conservation Director will be presenting the Fly Fishers International and their renewed focus on Conservation.

There will be an optional whitewater raffling trip on Sunday June 25th on Class ll & lll water for $32.

Women can email me haramic@aol.com to reserve a spot in the class.  They will receive an informational packet containing additional information on the class and Kernville – hotels, restaurants, etc.

2017 Rendezvous

The 12th annual Rendezvous is right around the corner on April 8th.  It’s our biggest annual fund raiser and membership drive of the year.  Everyone is invited and signing up is made very easy on-line at: ssffclub.org   A headcount is needed for all the activities, so there is a sign up deadline of April 3.   Funds raised at the Vous supports the valuable club activities for the year.  We are requesting help on the raffle items.  If anyone would like to assist in donating items for the raffle, please bring them to the Vous by 3:00 pm.  The item should be in great shape, new or “almost new” and definitely not broken.  Thank you to the people who have donated items in the past.  The Club really appreciates the items and their contribution towards the overall success of our fund raising efforts.

The main Vous activities will be held at Rivernook Campground and please call them (760) 376-2705 to reserve your spot at the SSFFC discounted price.  Check-in for the Tourney will be at the Fly Shop at 8:00 am.  This will give participants the opportunity to pickup any last minute fly fishing supplies.  The river cleanup is also part of the Tourney, with a prize given to the participant that brings back the most trash.  Over the past years, we’ve had some interesting trash items brought back…… chairs, doors, bar-b-q, etc..  The casting contest will take place on the water, immediately after the Tourney.

I have built an Epic Fiberglass rod to be included the regular raffle and we will have a special separate raffle for a custom built Winston Air 5wt.  There will also be a bunch of other special and unique raffle items.  Freddie is geared up for his world famous tri tip BBQ and he has a few surprises for us.  We are still in the process of booking entertainment, but it will be a rocking time.  And as always, we’ll have the fun and exciting heads or tails game.  I know everyone has been practicing.  Dinner starts at 5:30 pm at Rivernook Campgrounds.


Tourney (includes dinner)                   $25

Dinner only                                         $15

Dinner – Kids 10 years and younger  FREE

Raffle Tickets                                     $1 each.

Please attend and help support Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club, the greatest club in the world.

Thanks,  Chiaki

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 haramic@aol.com 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: clouserfreak@hotmail.com.

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 haramic@aol.com

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 haramic@aol.com 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 haramic@aol.com 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.

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

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:   http://ssffclub.org/rendezvous/




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

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:/ssffclub.org/join-the-club/membership-application/


    We can take up to 8 members. Signup by replying or email haramic@aol.com


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