About Us

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Guy Jeans

Guy Jeans, CEO, is a Certified Casting Instructor with Fly Fishers International. He guides, lectures and teaches over 250 days a year all over the Southern Sierra, Sequoia National Forest, Inyo 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. In 2012, Guy received the "Lee Wulff Award" from the International Federation of Fly Fishers. He has fly fished all over the US, Mexico 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 sponsored by Redington Fly Rods and is a contract fly designer for Solitude Fly Company. His Kern Emergers, Carpilicious and other patterns are used and sold internationally. He is host of the Kern River Fly Shop Podcast where he discusses, "Everything Outdoors".  Guy is also vocalist, keyboardist and song writer for the ska/reggae band "Stoneflys".

Meet The Team

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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

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RYAN BUHLER

Guide, Sales Specialist, Local Fly Shop Tier

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. Many of Ryans fly patterns are in Kern River Fly Shop.

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DANO OCAMPO

Guide - Instructor - Sales Specialist 

Dano, often referred to as the mayor of Kernville, has a deep passion for the beauty and outdoor opportunities throughout the Kern River Valley. His love for fly fishing and teaching folks is outstanding and we are proud to have him on our team. Book a trip or class with Dano and find out about his gifted and unique way of teaching. 

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CHIAKI HARAMI

Pro Team - Instructor

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.

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JOLEE VAUGHN

Retail/Online Sales Specialist + FLY SHOP MOM

Everybody loves Fly Shop Mom!

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ROB BUHLER

Guide, Sales Specialist, Local Fly Shop Tier 

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 guiding or fishing, he is usually tying up 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. You can find many of his patterns at Kern River Fly Shop.

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DANIEL HOUSH

Guide - Instructor

Daniel was born and raised in the Midwest. Fishing and camping were a huge part of his life growing up. After moving to California he discovered the Kern River, where he was introduced to fly fishing. Fly fishing has led him to many epic adventures all over the western United States. His favorite place to fish is his local waters the Kern River. After completing Guy Jeans Guide School in 2019 his skill level and knowledge received a big boost and has turned a hobby into more of passion. Now he loves sharing that passion with others and teaching beginner clinics with his fishy friends. When he’s not fishing he works as a white water raft guide and enjoys photography, rock climbing, camping, and most of all sharing these experiences with his son.

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SERGIO MARTINEZ

Pro Team - Instructor

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.

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DANE VARNER

Pro Team - Instructor

Dane was born and raised in Bakersfield CA and has fished the Kern River area his entire life. He spends time fishing many destinations around the world. He is a true ambassador of our sport. 

Certifications

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