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I spent about 10 days in beautiful country between Kernsville and Johnsondale fishing a small spring creek near the north fork of the Kern River.  Although the Brown Trout that share the stream are usually bigger than the goldens, they can't begin to match the beauty of a Golden or Kern Golden Trout.

 

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I set out early on the 2nd day of the trip to explore.  I like to walk a stream as far as I think I would ever go over the duration of the trip.  For me it's like making a deposit in my fishing time bank.  I fish holes on the way back, and take pics or make mental notes of holes that might be worth revisiting.  Once done, I know how much time I need to fish which holes.

 

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I caught my first goldie of the trip in a fairly large, but very shallow, pool.  It fell for a Royal Wulff which came highly recommended by a good friend, Brad, who swears by the generic attractor pattern for the area.

 

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Below is the deepest hole I found on about 5 miles of walking and searching for pools.  It was probably between 8 and 10 feet deep, but only through the 10 foot trough.  I took a nice Brown out of the hole nymphing a heavy caddis nymph just off the bottom.  No indicator, just by touch, keeping the fly moving a tiny bit faster than the current to be able to feel the take.

 

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