Forks of the Kern

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Posted ByGary on August 02, 2003 at 12:47:26:

Dates Fished: 07/27/03-07/28/03
Forks of the Kern (Sequoia National Park, Golden Trout Wilderness)-Matt, Karen and I backpacked into the Forks of the Kern for a couple of days of fishing in the Golden Trout Wilderness. We hiked down into this canyon in the late morning. The trail takes you down into the canyon, and is only about a two mile hike. It was a smooth descent down to the forks, where the North Fork of the Kern River and the Little Kern River meet. We set up our campsite and geared up for the first fishing session.
We hiked upstream along the North Fork. Matt immediately hooked up with a few fish at the waters where the two rivers meet. I was surprised to see the size of the fish and the ferocity of the fight that they put up. I thought that we were in store for some great fishing! I tried fishing with various flies; elk hare caddis, adams, mosquitoes, woolybuggers, matukas, madame X's etc. I did not connect with any of these flies. Matt decided to tie on a nymph, and did have success. I saw him land a fish in the 14 inch range.
The evening fishing was better for all of us. We hiked downstream after dinner. A few mosquitoes were feasting on me, so I thought that I would try tying on a mosquito to see if any trout would feast on this pattern. Karen spotted a great location to fish. I hooked up with a few fish in this spot, the largest measuring about 14 inches. Matt and Karen also caught fish during the evening. It seemed as if fishing dry flies in the evening was the most productive fishing this trip.
The following day proved to be slow for fishing, but a great day for weather. On our hike out of the canyon, we encountered thunder, lightening and torrential downpours of rain. It was a different experience packing out in this weather, and seemed to make us hike at a must faster pace. This was great trip in a beautiful area. The scenery is fantastic, the area is easily accessible and the sizes of the fish are surprisingly large. I bet that this would be a great place to fish in the fall. Are you ready for the next trip?

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