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September 28, 2022 Speaker
Guy Jeans
Kern River Fly Shop
Secrets of the Kern River
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Fly-fishing Guide and Kern River Fly Shop owner, Guy Jeans, has been fly-fishing the Southern Sierra for over 30 years. He currently spends over 200 days a year guiding and teaching on the waters that cover a major portion of the Southern Sierra region, Sequoia National Forest and the Golden Trout Wilderness. The majority of Guy's time is spent on all forks of the Kern River and its tributaries, where anglers come from all over the world to catch river Bass, Lake Isabella Carp and three of California's Native Trout, found only in their native streams throughout the Southern Sierra. These trout are California's Golden Trout, the Kern River Rainbow and the Little Kern Golden. In addition to guiding along the Kern River, Guy's guiding and teaching has led him to host trips and guide in North Western Montana, Mexico, Canada as well as provide casting clinics at numerous sports shows and events throughout the west. He also has taught thousands of anglers how to fly-fish in the California surf.

Guy was born and raised in the beautiful coastal town of Ventura, California, where he enjoyed surfing and fishing. In addition to these activities, Guy made a living composing, writing and performing music for various bands as a pianist/singer. As a musician traveling to different areas of the west to perform, he discovered the Kern River and many other waters of the Southern Sierra. The love Guy developed for the waters he encountered over 30 years ago eventually led to pioneering a fly-fishing guide service, a fly-fishing school and opening, “Kern River Fly Shop”. In Guy's spare time, he still performs today with his band, “Stoneflys”. While promoting their 2 albums, “Emergence and After the Shuck” they perform at music festivals and various benefit concerts to raise money for breast cancer research and educational foundations.

Guy is recognized as a Certified Casting Instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers and in 2012, received the “Lee Wulff Award” from the IFFF. He is the host of the critically acclaimed DVDs, Volume I “Sierra Fly Fishing - The Lower Kern River” and Volume II, “The Kern River in the Golden Trout Wilderness”. Guy occasionally writes fly fishing articles for magazines and newspapers such as Southwest Fly Fishing Magazine. Throughout the year, Guy lectures and teaches at various clubs and events on the fly fishing opportunities of the Southern Sierra. He is a contractual fly designer for Solitude Fly Company. Guy's most popular design, the “Kern Emerger” series, is sold and fished internationally.

Guy is recognized as a Pro Staff member for Redington Fly Rods and he is host of the Guy Jeans Podcast on all podcasting networks.




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