California Fly Fishing Open


One of our many goals as a fly fishing club is to give back to the community. We created the California Fly Fishing Open with the hope of building stronger ties with fishy fly fishing folks while also giving back to such an amazing community. Profits from the tournament fees will be donated to Casting for Recovery and Project Healing Waters.




We are pleased to announce the 1st annual California Fly Fishing Open to be held on September 23, 2017 in Kernville, CA. All fly fishing organizations, from clubs to manufacturers, are welcome to participate. 

This will be a 5 person team event with a registration fee of $50 per person. If you do not have a complete team of 5, we will place you with team in need of more people. Teams do not have to be official fly fishing clubs to participate. Team shirts are highly encouraged as we will introduce the teams in an "Olympic-like" ceremony. Check in will be at the Kern River Fly Shop at 8:00 am. 

Post tournament activities will be held at Rivernook Campground where vendors ranging from fly fishing manufacturers to non-profit organizations will be showcasing products and informational exhibits. We will have a BBQ dinner as well as The Stoneflys and Par Avion to provide entertainment. Entry for just the post tourney activities is $20. 


We are inviting fly fishing vendors to sell and display their products. Selling hours will be from 2:00 to 6:00 pm. Space size will either be: Single 10’ X 10’ or Double 10’ X 20’. We will be hosting a raffle fundraiser and are requesting a merchandise donation with an approximate retail value of $100 for a Single or $200 Double for your space fee. Non-profit organizations will not have to donate items to obtain a booth space. Vendors will be responsible to supply their own booth, table and chairs. Load in will be from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. If you would like your logo added to our poster, please email a .PNG or AI file to

If you have further questions, please email





Check in at the Fly Shop on Saturday 8:00 am to pick up score cards and last minute instructions and questions. All cards must be brought back to the Fly Shop by 2:00 PM sharp. You can fish the lake, the 20 mile section of the North Fork of Kern River and above the Johnsondale Bridge, as long as your score card is back by 2:00 pm at the Fly Shop. You can use as many flies as you want at one time. Indicators/bobbers, split shot, any length leader/tippet and weighted flies are all acceptable. Fish must be caught and not snagged. Flies may not be scented, however regular floatant is allowed. Tenkara rods are OK to use.

Scoring: 100 points per fish caught plus 10 points per inch. Ie, 12” fish is caught. Fish is worth 220 points: 100 pts (per fish) + 120 pts (12” X 10 pt). Please bring your own measuring devise: tape measure, measuring net, etc. and take a photo of your fish.

Eligible Fish: All fish are eligible.




8:00 AM: Tournament Check-in at the Fly Shop.
2:00 PM: Return score card to Fly Shop.

the following events are at Rivernook Campground

2:00 PM: Vendors are open at Rivernook Campground.
3:30 PM: Participant Parade
4:00 PM: Par Avion Band with Rebecca and Bernard Yin and special drummer
5:30 PM: Dinner
6:30 PM: Raffle and games
7:30 PM: Guy Jeans and his Stoneflys Band




Kern River Fly Shop

11301 Kernville Road
Kernville, CA 93238



14001 Sierra Way
Kernville, CA 93238




The Fremont Deli, next door to the Fly Shop, will be taking advanced orders for their delicious
sandwiches. Make the most of your time on the water and order in advance for pick up at the 8:00 am
check in. All their cold sandwiches will be available for the advanced order. Advanced orders can be
made by texting or calling your order to 760-614- 0869 on Friday, September 22nd by 6:00 pm.