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

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! 

March 8 “Spring Tune Up On The Kern”

Tired of the winter blues?? Low flows on your local got you down??  Ready to knock some of the rust off your casting arm??

Three events to help get you out of Spring cleaning!

When - Saturday March 8th

 Where - Kern River-  Meet at the Kern River Fly Shop at 8:30 a.m. for morning meet and greet.


 Single Hand Casting Clinic. Mark Allen , Certified Casting Instructor.

This class will show you how to do some of these casts and mends, from a simple reach mend to aerial stack mends.

We will also discuss leaders and tippets and how to adjust them to get the most natural presentation of your fly.

We will also discuss how to best approach a fish in order to make your presentation casts easier.     

 Fly Tying Class; Rob & Ryan Buehler.

Details are still being worked out for this class. But, just the fact that the Buehler Boys are putting this on is reason enough to sign up.  Space is limited so get on the list fast.

  Fly Fisher of The Year Dinner and Roast

Pete Emmel (Pete) is our Fly Fisher of the Year!  He received the most votes from our members, we 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.

Please join us at his dinner banquet 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 email:


 It’s FREE to all SSFFC members. Not a member? You can easily join at the club website.

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:       

Ring of the Rise now Public

Hi everyone,

The board has decided to make our SSFF newsletter public. We were struggling with members forgetting their passwords and not accessing it plus, Gary Silveira produces a stellar newsletter!  

The next three months the Ring of the Rise will be sent to all current and past members.  Please take time to review or inquire about your membership being current. The website makes it easier to renew but it's a challenge with our everchanging renewal date. This year, April 5 at the Rendezvous.  It would be a great for our new membership chair Amy Kileen to have the opportunity to be caught up by the the Vouz.  Thank you for supporting the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers!


Ring of the Rise - January 2014

Cast it forward,

Shane Goslin


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


FFOTY Vote by Feb 10

Yes, it's that time of the year again to vote for your choice for SSFFC Fly Fisher Of The Year.   Voting will be through Feb. 10th by “casting” your votes to me: or PM.  We will hold our Fly Fisher of The Year awards banquet on March 8th at the Kernville Golf Course Clubhouse.  
While you’re casting your vote, please also RSVP to attend the awards banquet.  Cost is $20 for dinner with a no host bar.  Please attend and roast the Fly Fisher Of The Year.  We had a great time last year "congratulating" Randy for the award.  Too much fun.



2014 RendezVous Date – April 5

Vous 2012Hi Everyone, 
The 2014 Rendezvous date will be the weekend of April 5th. held at Frandy's again.  Freddy from the Fresno Club will be cooking up some great grub, just like last year and Guy Jeans and the Stoneflys will be providing the great music, just like last year.  More details will follow but I wanted everyone to reserve this weekend for our fun event.
Please participate; you'll have a great time.  This is our Club's big annual fund raiser and membership drive.  We moved the date to the spring, so that the water will be cooler and the fishing better.  We will have our C&R Tourney, river cleanup, casting contest, rod swap, raffles, auctions, BBQ dinner and entertainment.  ALWAYS A FUN TIME!!!.  
We'll be setting up on-line applications in the next few weeks.  Beverly, at Frandy’s is ready to take your camping reservations.  
See you there.

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



Update: Poker Fundraiser Results

Kid's Academy Poker fundraiser raised close to $1300 after expenses for Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club Youth program. Fred takes out Chiaki!

Thank you everyone who played including the members of other fly clubs, the business owners from the local Kern River Valley, and to those who mailed in donations. Remember 2014 Kids Academy will be held next Fall, not the normal Spring time date.

Thank you to Pete Emmel, for donating the custom fiberglas EPIC rod, to members for donating flies and fly box, and to Guys Jeans for the Guide trip! DSCF7554

Thank you!!!

Shane Goslin






SWCFFF Inter-Club Kern River Tourney Results

Every team and everyone had a great time competing in the 2013 SWCFFF Inter-Club Tournament. The were a total of 8 five person teams competing, which one consisted of members from Fresno and Sespe.   
1st place: Southern Sierra Fly Fishers - Team Randy 
2nd:  Carson Fly Fishing Club

3rd: Golden State - San Diego
The SSFFC - Team Randy consisted of: 
Randy Skidgel
Liam  Haselhorst
Joe Martin plus 1st Place Individual
Erik Wessel
Brad Weich

Congrats, job well done! 

SSFFC Poker Night Nov 1

KA Poker tournament this Friday, Nov 1st at the Kernville golf course, 7pm . 

This event raises funds for our annual "Kids FlyFishing Academy!

First place, an EPIC Glass rod built by Renaissance Fly Rods aka Pete!!!!!!

Rod pics:

EPIC 580 Salsa Wraps  EPIC 580 Salsa

By the way, KA 2014 will be held in October.

Thank you for supporting the next generation!

Shane Goslin