Have you ever wondered what it takes?

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Have you ever wondered what it actually takes to be a guide? What it takes to actually make the trip happen? What it takes to make a living at it? What it takes actually get people to want to come and fish with you? If the answer is yes we can help.

In just under two months we will be running our annual fly fishing guide school. As you may have seen in our previous post we are expanding our guide school this year to cover even more of what it actually takes to become a pro. We have included guides from other outfits and expanded our curriculum to provide you with a complete picture of the guiding scene. We strive to give you the real deal experience of what it is actually like to take a passion and turn it into a profession.

As a former student of the program I can tell you that it takes more than just being a good angler to become a good guide. This course is not designed to be a “fishing seminar”, however you will become a better angler in the process. As most things you get what you put into it. Completing this course does not magically make you a full time professional guide, but if you are willing to work hard it is a great stepping off point into the industry. I hope you will come join us this spring for what is sure to be our best school yet!

It won’t be long now.

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No, it won’t be long now. It won’t be long and we will be spending our long summer days chasing trout in our favorite areas again. Soon we will be time to head back into the cold clear mountain streams of summer. Guard socks and wet wading, 3 weights and dry flys. Evening hatches that keep you on the water until well after dark. It will all be here before you know it!
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Now is the time to stop procrastinating and start planning! Start looking at the calendar, call those fishing buddies and get those summer trips planed out. With more storms dumping lots of that white stuff on the mountains we are looking forward to our best summer in years! Call or email the shop with any questions, just remember it won’t be long now…..

Quit wishing and start fishing

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With the snow on hold for a week or so its a great time to get out on the river. Look for fish in soft water with a little depth. I have often heard the expression “walking speed water”, but probably better would be “slow strolling” speed. Think warm summer evening stroll NOT walking through the parking lot to your car in February speed. Flys should be small and dark color for the most part. Fish aren’t that picky rite now, its just a matter of putting it rite on their nose.
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Wintertime is normally working hard to stick a few nice fish, not 20 fish days. If you can get out midweek tho you should have all the best water to yourself. Come up and ski fresh groomers in the morning and fish the warmth of the day. We have guides ready to help hone your winter game and make sure you have the best experience possible. Give us a call or stop by the shop!

Winter can be cold, or red hot!

Love them late fall colors.

Love them late fall colors.


Winter time can be really on or really off! its all about being a the rite place at the rite time….and a little luck.
East walker still has a few fattys!

East walker still has a few fattys!


Timing wise it’s a safe bet the early morning hatch thing just isn’t gonna happen. So feel free to sleep in and be a little lazy. Your fish will be doing the same anyways. And as far as the rite place think walking speed water with some good structure.
Mom with a nice cutty at the 'Mid.

Mom with a nice cutty at the ‘Mid.


And of course that big salty lake in the dessert is always worth a go. Look for those windy gnarly days, you know those days when you look outside and think “no I don’t think I wanna go fish today”. That’s the day you wanna go to Pyramid.

We have had some great days out there this fall and looking forward to great winter!

Fall colors

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Its a great time to come and enjoy the fall colors up here (not just on the trees). With our great weather, and cooling water temps we are looking at some of the best fishing of the year. Most area waters are fishing well, some better than others tho! Stop by the shop for the latest update, or better yet book a trip to learn the nuances fall fishing.

The fishing aint too shabby

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The fishing is really starting to pick up here in Tahoe. With the yo-yoing temps and the low flows the river can be a bit temperamental. When you hit it rite tho it has bin pretty good out there. I have had some great trips this week with first timers and veterans alike. With the big summertime visitor hatch waining now is a great time to come up and fish! Bobby’s brown here would make any angler smile, but first fish on the fly! I joked he should just quit while ahead…See you on the water-Jay Swartley

Kids love to fish!

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No question folks, kids love to fish! Truth is a lot of the time they do better than mom and dad. There is no better time than the warm days of summer to get the younglings out on the water. And no better way than booking a guided trip up at sawmill lake. Call the shop to book or to get more info!

It is not all doom and gloom!

Yes it is true that our beloved Truckee is not faring well with the ongoing drought. It seems like all you see scrolling on the internet is how bad things are. Well there is still some great summertime fishing out there, from high lakes and spring creeks to carp fishing down low. I have spent my last few days all over the area from the West Walker to Sawmill Lake on the north shore of Tahoe. If you know where to look and when to go, the fishing has been good to great. So grab that 3 wt and go for a hike, break out the poppers and chase some bass, or check out some other great rivers and lakes in the Sierra. With the busy days of summer its a great time to check out some private water like Sawmill Lake. Call the shop for inquiries!image Here is Kimmy with a fine specimen of a Sawmill Lake rainbow, not a bad first fish ever! Good job Kimmy!

It’s time….

If you have never fished Pyramid, but have always wanted to then it’s time. The next 6 weeks any day with a bit of wind will produce fish. ¬†Best part is anyone with a trout rod can do it rite now too. Just keep in mind if you hook that 20 lber on your 5 wt it may not be pretty!

This is Olin with his first pyramid cutty. Actually his first fish on a fly too! I think he has caught the addiction as well as the fish…stop by the shop and get geared up for the mid! Best fishing of the year is coming up, tight lines and we will see you on the water.

Big bugs on the truckee

We have lot of big stones on the cali side of the truckee rite now. Big fish as well, even a few looking up! Flows are really about perfect as well. Expect most action under the indicator, big indo, lots of shot and heavy runs should put you on a few.
Now is a perfect time to book a trip get out and ski a few runs early and meet one of us after lunch on the river? Sounds like a good day to me!