RENDEZVOUS 2015! Ten Year Anniversary

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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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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


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!!/pages/Southern-Sierra-Fly-Fishers/219129942737


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 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.


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:

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

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Thanks everyone!

Shane Goslin


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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 or the business site at

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