The Southern Sierra Fly Fishers is a huge supporter of the 50/50 On the Water Campaign to empower more women to participate in the sport of fly fishing. We have created Celine’s Fly Gals Weekend to achieve just that. The class is geared towards women who are interested in learning about fly fishing, specifically those who are just beginning or have never before fly fished. The class teaches students the basic mechanics of fly casting, knot tying, entomology, conservation, river etiquette, fly tying, and essential gear and tackle.
In her honor, the new name of the Fly Gal Weekend will now be called “Celine’s Fly Gal Weekend.” She has dedicated her time connecting and building a community of women who fly fish. She is missed, but her legacy will live, forever.
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Women's Fly Fishing Class
Date: October 12, 2019
Location: Kern River Fish Hatchery, Kernville, CA
Time: 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Cost: Membership fee of $25
Details: We are super excited to bring back our third annual Women's Fly Fishing Clinic! We have an amazing line up of instructors from all over Southern California to teach the class. Classes will be held at Kern River Fish Hatchery. The day begins with a fun and easy yoga class designed to fire up those fly fishing muscles followed by classes in casting, entomology, fly tying, conservation, knots, and gear and tackle. The day ends with a lively Pint Night at Kern River Brewing.
Lunch is included in the class. You are welcome to bring a yoga mat or a towel, but not required. Please bring water shoes or wading boots as we will be on the river for the casting class.
7:00 AM- Check in at Kern River Fly Shop
7:30 AM-8:00 AM- Intro to Fly Fishing
Caravan to Kern River Fish Hatchery for classes
8:30-9:00 AM- Yoga
Etiquette and Conservation
Lunch + Conversation on safety
7:00 PM- Pint Night
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Women's Mentorship Day
Date: October 13, 2019
Location: Kernville, CA
Time: 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Pre-Requisite: Women's Fly Fishing Class
Cost: Club Membership
Details: This is an excellent opportunity to apply your newly learned classroom knowledge with actual time on the water. You will be fly fishing the Kern River with one of our club members or instructors from the previous day. This will immediately reinforce everything you learned in class. You’ll also learn how to read the water for likely spots in the river holding fish. This mentor class is also open to Women's Class participant's family members and their significant others. A valid California fishing license is required. Please bring your own fly fishing gear, if you have one. If not, equipment rentals are available at the Fly Shop.
Teena Carlos has been fly fishing since 2014. A Los Angeles native, her fly fishing adventures have led her to discover some of the most amazing fisheries California has to offer, from the Eastern Sierras to Santa Monica’s beaches. Throughout her experiences, she has gained more insight into the sport from those eager to share their knowledge; and in that same spirit, aims to impart what she has learned with hopeful anglers new to fly fishing.
She works for an art gallery and she immediately applied her artistic talent tying flies. She’s taught many women tying their own flies.
Geneva (like the convention) received her yoga instructor certification in 2014 through Happy-U Namaste in Ocean Beach, CA. She is a compassionate ER RN with over 10 years of medical experience, integrating her deep knowledge and understanding of healthcare and how the human body works into her yoga instruction. Finding strength and self-confidence through rock climbing, whitewater rafting, yoga and the outdoors in general, she recognizes the importance of empowering people to be active participants in their own health, wellbeing and happiness. Co-founder of The Outside Way, Geneva currently teaches yoga by donation for all levels at Riverside Park in Kernville.
Analiza Del Rosario
Analiza del Rosario is blessed with curiosity and turns them into adventure. Her passion to see the world has led her to fall in love with fly fishing. Some say she’s got the most contagious laugh that even the fish will want to join the party. As a Marketing Professional with over 20 years experience, she compares fly fishing a lot with her work because of the constantly strategizing and always learning. Fly fishing to her is not about catching the fish (that’s a bonus), but an adventure to make lasting memories. She is the publisher of Fish Tales, the Pasadena Casting Club’s Monthly Newsletter. She lives her life by the motto, “no bitching, just fishing.”
Kesley has been fly fishing since she was 10 years old. Her earliest fly fishing experiences were with her dad who chased puddle-bound brook trout in the Appalachians. Although she enjoyed trout, she quickly discovered she loved the challenge of fly fishing for anything that swims. Since those days, she has traveled to such places as Labrador for [much larger] brook trout, the Bahamas and Hawaii for bonefish, Louisiana for trophy redfish, Belize and the Yucatan for permit, Phoenix for grass carp, and Costa Rica for big tarpon. Kesley has ten IGFA records on fly thus far and she’s the winner of the 2018 Ladies Tarpon Fly Tournament in Islamorada, Florida. Kesley currently works for Amgen in Thousand Oaks, CA, in regulatory affairs.
Carole’s earliest memories of fishing start at the family Cabin on Echo Lake. The annual family summer escape to the lake provided lots of fishing. Her progression was much the standard, day hikes to fish, longer trips with family and friends. She’s a Program Coordinator for Southern, Central, and Southwest California for CASTING FOR RECOVERY which has brought her to fly fishing. Her extensive volunteering with CFR has given her many memorable fishing adventures and has helped forge life long friendships. Her need to share the joy of fly fishing with others and to just, “Get Toes In The Water” has lead her on a whirlwind of fly fishing adventures the past 3 years. These days you will find her on some beach, “Toes In The Water” crouched down in the sand, casting to that elusive (so far) Gray Ghost.
Leslie has been fly fishing for a few years. She’s an ambassador for Snowbee USA. She’s one of the founding members of the Southern Women on the Fly and is always down to fish with women. She’s extremely good with fly tying and we say, she's one of the best when it comes to Euro Nymphing.
She loves adventure, in fact, she hiked thru the John Muir trail twice and the Camino De Santiago in Spain. Living next to Mission Bay, she’s often found surf or boat fishing. As a PE Instructor, she’s fortunate enough to have a lot of free time when school is out. Of course, you’ll find her fishing.
Leigh Ann Swanson
Leigh Ann Swanson has fly casting in her genes. She is a third-generation fly fisherman whose grandfather was a champion fly caster. Leigh Ann is a member of Winston Pro Staff, a FFI Certified Casting Instructor and a graduate of the Joan Wulff Fly Fishing School for Instructors. Leigh Ann has been a professional guide in Wyoming and enjoys sharing her passion for fly fishing and casting with children and adults of all ages. She developed numerous casting programs for the Pasadena Casting Club, where she served as casting director for six years. In 2012 Leigh Ann was awarded the Pasadena Casting Club’s Pauline Cathcart Memorial Casting Award in recognition of her enduring commitment to mastering and teaching fly-casting.
Connie often heard phrases like ‘you don’t look like you would be a fishermen’ or ‘how did you get into fly fishing?’ Back in 1996 she was in a relationship that exposed her to fly fishing. Back then, the women that were seen on the streams were usually seen sitting on the bank or in the car reading a book. Connie, however, could not take her eyes off the grace and beauty of the casting and the hook was set for learning more about fly fishing. She joined Long Beach Casting Club and found a mentor. Moving back to her roots in Valencia, she started the Santa Clarita Casting Club and became the secretary for FFI Southwest Council. The rest, as they say, is history and what a wonderful adventure it has been for Connie.
Kern River Fly Shop
11301 Kernville Road
Kernville, CA 93238
Kern River Fish Hatchery
14415 Sierra Way
Kernville, CA 93238
Contact Rivernook Campground, Inc. at 760-376-2705 for a special discounted rate on camping accommodations.
Contact Sequoia Lodge at 760-376-2535 for hotel accommodations.
Contact Kern Lodge at (760) 376-2223 for hotel accommodations.