Sergio has been fishing the Southern Sierra and Kern River his entire life.Over the years, we have seen him become one of the true masters of the Kern River. When he's not at work, he is usually out fishing the many beautiful creeks and rivers throughout the Sierra, particularly the Kern River. The Kern River has a special distinction of being his “home waters” . The beautiful scenery, winding rapids, and the Kern River bows always keep Sergio “hooked.” Sergio is a member of Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club and a Search and Rescue EMT and instructor with Kern Valley Search and Rescue. His humble approach to fly fishing and teaching others is a quality we appreciate here at Kern River Fly Shop. Next time you're in the shop and Sergio's there, make sure and say hi to him. He might ask you to go fishing with him.
With a deep passion for all things fly fishing and fly tying, Rob can be found on any given weekend fishing from Southern California inshore waters to Pyramid Lake Nevada. When not working on his full time job or fishing, he is usually tying up some more orders for his and his brother Ryan's small business, Buhler Bros Flies, or spinning up some new ideas for Guy to try out on the water. He is a part of the Flymen Fishing Co Fly Tying Program and his flies are used by many guides in the Sierra's, including Joe Contaldi and Doug Ouellette as well as being stocked at the Crosby Lodge in Pyramid Lake, Nevada.
CHIAKI HARAMI - PRO TEAM
JOLEE VAUGHN - RETAIL SALES + FLY SHOP MOM
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Ryan has been fly fishing the Sierra Mountains for over 20 years. He also enjoys fly fishing the harbors, bays, surf and breakwalls of southern California. He's been tying flies for over 20 years and professionally tying for the last 10 years. In the last 10 years he has been teaching fly fishing and tying techniques throughout California through presentations, classes and demos. He makes up half of the Kern River Fly Shop tying team and Buhler Bros Flies with his brother Rob.
GUY JEANS - Guide
DAN OCAMPO - Guide
PAUL FULLER - Guide, Camp Chef, Camp Banjo Player
Paul Fuller began fly fishing during his first summer as a white water raft guide on the Kern River over 15 years ago. Since then he has cultivated his passion for native trout while working as an elementary school teacher, professional banjo player, custom wood worker and back-country chef. His positive, friendly attitude and delicious dutch-oven enchiladas have been a welcomed addition to our 4x4 trips
Koal grew up in Bakersfield and has been fishing the Southern Sierra and Kern River his entire life. He just recently completed the "Guy Jeans School of Fly Fishing 10 Day Guide Training Program". Koal's kind nature and positive energy is a welcome addition to the Kern River Fly Shop Crew. When you come into the shop expect excellent customer service and don't be afraid to to stay a while and "Chat It Up" with "Ole" Koal. Also, ask him to do his Turkey Call!
BILL DARBEE JR. - Guide
SERGIO MARTINEZ - PRO TEAM
Bill Darbee is a retired Bakersfield police officer, detective and military veteran. He has been fishing for most of his forty-seven years in the Kern River Valley and Eastern Sierra. He began fly fishing at the age of twelve with a fly and bubble and began using a fly rod at age fifteen. Bill comes from a family rich in Fly fishing and fly tying history from the heralded Catskill Mountains of New York. Harry Darbee was Bill’s great uncle. Bill and his father, Bill Darbee Sr, have been proud to continue this legacy of the East Coast to the West Coast.
During his law enforcement career, fly fishing started out as a great stress reliever but became and remained his passion for many years. His love for the outdoors is infectious and highlights his love for everything nature provides!
Bill attended the Guy Jeans Guide Training School in Kernville, California. He loves chasing all species a body of water can produce. He was introduced to fly fishing the surf and is amazed at the fishery along the California Coast.
A day spent with Bill will be enjoyed with his tenacious efforts to get folks on fish and learning the fishery being worked. You may even get a laugh or two throughout the day as well!
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RYAN BUHLER - PRO TEAM
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ROB BUHLER - PRO TEAM
Chiaki started fly fishing in 2004 with his first guided experience on the Kern River with Guy Jeans. He's been able to fly fish a variety of areas including New Hampshire for trout, New Orleans for redfish, San Diego for Mako sharks, LA River for carp and he does annual trips to Montana for big Missouri River browns. He considers his home waters to be the Kern River. He is a master rod builder and has built over 200 rods for friends and other charity and non- profit organizations. He has taught rod building classes to various fly clubs throughout southern California. He is also has been the President of the Southern Sierra Fly Fishers Club for the past 10 years. In 2014 his club won the prestigious International Federation FIy Fishers "McKenzie Cup" for being the most influential and best fly fishing club in the United States.
Dan Ocampo, guide/instructor (aka: Dano) has a bachelors degree in photo journalism and worked as a photo journalist for 15 years. He is also a kayak instructor as well as an avid mountain biker and outdoor enthusiast. He began his fly fishing guiding career after completing the Confluence Outfitters Fly Fishing Guide School in Redbluff, California. A talented fly fisher and instructor, Dano's kind and patient nature plus his sense of humor will make your time on the water a very enjoyable and memorable one.
Guy Jeans, owner/guide/instructor , is a Certified Casting Instructor with the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He guides, lectures and teaches over 250 days a year all over the Southern Sierra, Sequoia National Forest , Golden Trout Wilderness, Domeland Wilderness and South Sierra Wilderness. He also guides and teaches "Fly Fishing in the Surf" classes along the California coastline. He is an "Elite Pro Staff " member and instructor for Redington. In 2012, Guy received the "Lee Wulff Award" from the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He has fly fished all over the US and Canada and loves to catch all species of fish on a fly. He is also host of the critically acclaimed show and DVD series "Sierra Fly Fishing" and he writes articles about fly fishing, for magazines and newspapers throughout the west. He is a contract fly designer for Solitude Fly Company and his Kern Emergers and other patterns are used and sold internationally . Guy is also vocalist, keyboardist and song writer for the ska/pop/reggae band "Stoneflys".