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5 Advantages of Floating Fly Fishing Trips

Updated: May 12, 2023

At the shop, we understand the importance of finding new ways to enjoy fly fishing when conditions change. Due to the current challenging conditions of Kern River, we're looking towards beautiful Lake Isabella, offering unique and exciting floating fly fishing trips.

There are many advantages to floating fly fishing trips. Check out just 5 of them below. We hope to see you out on the water soon!


One of the biggest advantages of a floating fly fishing trip on Lake Isabella is the ability to access hard-to-reach areas. Our expert guides will take you on a comfortable and safe journey on our floating personal pontoons, allowing you to get to spots that are otherwise unreachable by foot. This means you'll have the opportunity to fish in areas that see less pressure and potentially catch bigger, more elusive fish. Lately, we've had clients pull in some pretty heavy bass & crappie!


Another advantage of a floating fly fishing trip on Lake Isabella is the ability to cover more water. Our experienced guides have extensive knowledge of the area and will take you to different sections of the lake where you can fish in a variety of environments. This means you'll have the opportunity to explore a wide range of fishing spots, from shallow flats to deep holes, increasing your chances of finding the perfect spot to practice your skills.


Our floating fly fishing trips on Lake Isabella allow you to experience the beauty of the outdoors in a unique way. Instead of being confined to one spot, you'll be able to take in the stunning scenery as you float on the lake. This can be a great way to relax and enjoy nature while also pursuing your passion for fly fishing.


Fly fishing from a pontoon also allows guides to give their anglers a better shot at catching more and bigger fish. From an elevated position above the water, fly casting is made easier. In addition to casting, mending, setting the hook, and spotting fish are all easier from the higher location anglers fish from in a boat. Longer “drag free” drifts can be achieved while the boat drifts with the flies. In the event a truly large, trophy-sized fish is hooked, playing the fish is easier from the boat: The first thing they see is the fly drifting towards them! This increases the percentage of hookups and decreases the chance of spooking fish.


When you book a floating fly fishing trip with Kern River Fly Shop, you'll have access to expert guidance from our experienced & friendly guides. They will provide you with tips and tricks to help you catch more fish, as well as ensure your safety on the water. This can be especially valuable if you're new to fly fishing or the area you're fishing in.

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