October 29, 2023
Reports coming from the Kern were promising particularly with the dry fly action. So I called up my buddy KB to see if he wanted to day trip it up there. We fished from 10am to 5pm. Everything that was reported, well let's just say it wasn't what we experienced. One, reports claimed air temps were in the 80°s. It was 65°. In fact I checked all the week it was in that range the whole week. Two, water temps reported in the 60°s. I was reading around 44° measured at three locations and three different times of the day. Three, hatch going off around 10-1pm. I didn't see that. There was a minor hatch around 4pm. Even without a hatch, reports were they were looking up all day. Not really what we experience. We would have been better off nymphing most of the day. KB got two for the day and I manage a small one all on dries. Most interesting part of the trip was the low flying Navy F16 that buzzed the canyon while we were having lunch.