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CARP FEST – Southern Sierra Fly Fishers

May 18, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 pm


Date: May 19, 2018

Tournament Check-In: 7:00 AM at Kern River Fly Shop

Score Card Return: 3:00 PM at Kern River Fly Shop

Tournament Festivities: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM at Kern River Fly Shop


We are pleased to announce the 1st annual CARPFEST to be held on May 19, 2017 in Lake Isabella, Calif., as a mini carp circuit with Carp Throwdown.

This will be a 2 person team event with a float and wade division. The registration fees for the wade division is $75 per angler and the float division fee is $100 per person. Teams do not have to belong to a fly fishing club to participate. Team shirts are highly encouraged. Check in will be at the Kern River Fly Shop at 7:00 am. Profits from the tournament fees will be donated to Kern River Conservancy and Keepers of the Kern.

Post tournament activities will be held at the Fly Shop Backlot where vendors may showcase products. We will have a delicious BBQ dinner followed by a jam session to provide entertainment.


Check in at the Fly Shop on Saturday 7 a.m. to pick up score cards and last minute instructions and questions.

All cards must be brought back to the Fly Shop by 3 p.m. sharp.

In conjunction with Carp Throwdown, we will be following their tournament scoring rules.

This is a fly fishing, catch and release tournament fundraiser with teams of two for both the float and wade divisions.

Float division may consist of float tubes, kayaks, SUPS and any other non-motorized watercraft.

Wade division must fish from shore and may not use boats for transportation. Waders are NOT required. (Anglers may wet wade)

You may fish anywhere on Lake Isabella so long as your score card is back by 3 p.m. at the Fly Shop. You may use as one fly at one time. Indicators/bobbers, split shot, any length leader/tippet and weighted flies are all acceptable. Carp must be mouth hooked and not snagged. Flies may not be scented, however regular floatant is allowed. Tenkara rods are OK to use.

Every fish must be recorded with a digital camera or phone, and each measurement must be with an official CARPFEST Ruler (to be provided to each team or wade angler at sign-in) that clearly shows the entire length of the fish and a closeup of the ruler.

The 5 largest fish per length per team count: 1 inch = 1 point
The team with the most points wins.

VERY IMPORTANT: The first fish caught needs to be photographed clearly with time (watch) + length (official ruler) for tie breaker.

To register, visit https://ssffclub.org/calendar/carpfest.


May 18, 2019
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Isabella Lake