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Guide School 2015 in the books

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 9:14 am on Monday, May 18, 2015

Saturday was our last day of this year’s guide school.  Myself, Peter Santley, and Chris Nicola got to spend the final day with Taylor and Becky floating on the American River in Sacramento. The weather was absolutely gorgeous and Becky was able to display her rowing skills and Taylor, who had not rowed before, got better throughout the day.  Peter and Chris did an excellent job teaching the skills of rowing a boat for fishing and also how to fish from the boat. Peter put out a fantastic lunch spread as always.  It was great for me to spend the day with both Taylor and Becky and get to know them better.  The day before was their graduation ceremony, course evaluations, casting competition, and group dinner.  They were both presented with gift bags containing swag from Umpqua, Scientific Anglers, Simms, Rio, and Sage just to name a few.  Just like Christmas time in May for the fly fisher!  After hearing all of the instructor feedback on these two and my own personal observations, the industry is getting two great people to guide and teach others our sport.  Good luck to both of them.  As we are wrapping up this year’s school, we now begin looking forward and start the planning for next year’s school.  As always, we are extremely proud of our product and if you are interested in becoming a professional fly fishing guide, we are the place for you.  Stay tuned for information throughout the year. Dates for next year’s Guide School will be posted soon.

Rick McGuire- Guide School Director, Instructor TFFO





Guide School 2015 Day 3

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,School and Workshops — Jarrod at 7:13 pm on Thursday, May 14, 2015

Another day in the books for this years guide school. Today was spent covering a wide range of setups and techniques for nymph fishing. We even managed to hook into a few fish on the Little Truckee River. Awesome to see the progress of this years students!



Day 2 of Guide School 2015

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,School and Workshops — Brendan at 12:08 pm on Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Day 2 started of with our awesome group of guest speakers which included Game Warden Eric Elliot who was gracious enough to give us some insight on what he looks for when out on patrol as well as the relationship between himself and local guides. Having worked with Warden Elliot for years now, I have really come to respect his approach with the general public as well as with us guides who work on the rivers on a daily basis. He is always willing to listen and get feedback from us as he knows we are his eyes and ears for the wildlife.

Alaska Guide Chris Maher spoke about guiding in Alaska and what it takes along with what you can expect in a season guiding. Chris also gave Becky and Taylor some good resources to help them pursue a job if they choose to go that route. It sounds like it could be an amazing adventure guiding up there!

Megan Murray from Tahoe Production House spoke to the group about marketing and social media. As we all know this a major part of any small business but in particular for a guide service or a independent guide. Just like in years past, Megan crushed it! I always learn something new from her presentations. Thanks Megan.

Mike Wier from Cal Trout and former TFFO guide talked with the group about the importance of conservation of our fish species. Mikey is a wealth of knowledge about the native and non native fish in CA. Having grown up near me in the foothills of CA, Mikey has spent his life chasing, catching and releasing trout and every other thing that swims in CA as well as the world for that matter. If you haven’t already, please check out Cal Trouts website as well as the documentary’s that Mikey and Cal Trout are producing . They are doing some amazing things to help preserve and improve fish and fish habitat across this great state. I highly recommend supporting Cal Trout and the work they are doing!

Lastly Rick Mcguire and myself talked about first rate customer service  and risk management. I wont go into great detail about our presentations, but hopefully the students learned the importance of both for guiding …

Then it was back to the river for the fun stuff! I took Becky and Taylor over to Pleasant Valley Fly Fishing Preserve. This is one one the most beautiful places to wet a line in all of CA if not the west. We focused on guiding private waters and the expectations that come along with it. I have been very fortunate to be able to guide PV over the years and it has a special place in my heart. It was one of the streams were I earned my stripes as a kid fly fishing before it was private.

Most importantly we worked on mending and roll casting techniques and how to teach them to clients which included up and downstream mends, stack mends, hook sets and fighting fish. Both Taylor and Becky showed great improvements as well as the ability to take the info and translate it into their fishing arsenal. It is always exciting for me to see the lights click on with my students. These two are doing a phenomenal job in all phases and are growing as anglers and teachers by the minute. Kudos too you both!

Here are some pics from our EXTREMELY windy day!

Brendan Burnside
Head Guide/Lead Instructor
TFFO Guide School


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Guide School 2015 Day 1

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 10:12 pm on Monday, May 11, 2015

Today was the first day of Guide School 2015.  Although we only have 2 students this year, we are very lucky to have Becky Clough and Taylor Green in this year’s class.  Their enthusiasm and passion for fly fishing and learning more than makes up for the ones that aren’t there.  All of the instructors are excited to work with them.  Today we were once again privileged to have Jaime Lyle as our casting instructor for the morning session.  If you don’t already know, Jaime is a FFF certified Master Casting Instructor and one of the best guys in the industry.  Both Taylor and Becky made monumental leaps in their own casting after time spent with Jaime.  After a great BBQ lunch prepared by instructor Peter Santley back at the shop, we headed to the West Carson River to spend the first of many hours on the water.  Today was an entomology and fly selection clinic given by myself and the rest of the day was spent with Peter.  Great day all around and looking forward to tomorrow. Stay tuned.

Rick McGuire, Guide School Director TFFO

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Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop 5/9

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 11:51 am on Sunday, May 10, 2015

I facilitated our first Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop yesterday and we had a great time.  The weather was fantastic and the participants were the best.  Thanks to Raquel, Erin, Larry, Joe, and Geoff.  Thanks for participating, and being great people to hang around for the day.  They worked hard on their skills throughout the day and are now on their way to their own personal fly fishing journey.  That’s exciting!  We have more courses scheduled for this summer on 6/7, 7/12, and 8/9.  Sign up today and contact me or the shop for more information.  I look forward to the next workshop and getting you started on your fly fishing journey.

Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com

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2015 Guide School

Filed under: General Topics,Guide Trip Reports — Jarrod at 4:41 pm on Monday, May 4, 2015

Well fellow anglers the 2015 guide school is just a week away! If you’ve ever wondered what being a fly fishing guide is all about then this is the school for you!

This six day intensive course will show what being a fly fishing guide is really about helping to prepare you for situations you might face one day as a guide. Well cover casting as well as how to teach casting, basic knots and setups, wading safety and risk management, marketing, how to get your clients into fish, and so much more. One of the best things about fly fishing is its something that you can never truly master, and there is there is always something more to learn.

I’ve been teaching at this school since its inception and its one of my favorite weeks of the year. To get the opportunity to share my 14 years of guiding experiences with up and coming anglers is one of the most rewarding aspects of my job. I can honestly tell you that guiding isn’t for everybody, but those who have been thorough this school and choose this profession look back on this week as a great base for their guiding experience. The students who have gone on to become guides often come back to be with stories of how the things we simulated in guide school actually happen in real life guiding.  All in all this is a fantastic week spent with good people in some of the most beautiful areas of the Sierras. Trout after all only live in beautiful places, and we as guides sell fun.

Space is limited but we do have a few openings left. So if any of this sounds appealing please contact the shop, and do it fast!!


Jarrod Beer   Guide/Instructor TFFO Staff

Upcoming Spring Events

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 8:13 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lots excitement around here with our upcoming events for the spring.  All of these opportunities are designed to take your fly fishing to whatever level you could dream of.  From learning the skills of fly fishing as a beginner, fixing some bad habits to make you more successful, or becoming a fly fishing guide, we have the experience for you.  Here is a list of upcoming fly fishing events.

Saturday May 9th- 8 hour intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshop.  Designed not only for the beginner but also those who want to polish their skills.

Sunday May 10th- 8 hour Fly Fishing for Everyone class. This class is run through the LTCC Community Education Department.  Also for both beginners and experienced anglers. Their phone # is 530-541-4660 ext. 717.

Monday 5/11 thru Saturday 5/16- 5th annual Simms endorsed Fly Fishing Guide School.  We still have spots open, so if you are considering a career as a fly fishing guide, join us!

We also have 8 hour Introduction to Fly Fishing workshops offered on 6/7, 7/12, and 8/9.

If you have any further questions call me at 530-318-5694.  I would love to talk fly fishing with you and work to get you where you want to be with your skills.

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Rick McGuire- TFFO Guide School Director, Instructor 530-318-5694 rickemcguire@yahoo.com

Truckee Tahoe Reno Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for May 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 12:15 pm on Wednesday, April 29, 2015




East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 260+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Off colored but clearing and should start fishing well by the beginning of May.  Stoneflies, March Browns, Micro Caddis and Crawdads!  The dry fly fishing should fill in as it clears and the water temperatures rise.  Streamer fishing should work well during the run-off period.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Heavily stocked and Fishing well!  Stoneflies, Egg Patterns, San Juan Worms, Copper Johns and Black Wooly Buggers.

West Carson River Fishing Report – 75+ CFS and fluctuating:  River is in great shape and fishing well.  mixture of large fish and catchable.  Stonefly Nymphs, Clown Eggs, Large Copper Johns, PT’s and Buggers.  Find the fish is the challenge, best hint is to look around the bridges!

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 270 + CFS and fluctuating:  Pickle Meadows should be the best opportunity with the canyon section a bit on the high side.  Watch for the little bit of run-off to off color the lower sections.  Streamers, Egg Patterns, Stones and Big Mayfly imitations will do the best.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 20 CFS.  May 2015:  Still flowing at the minimum with little hope for higher flows.  The fish never had the chance to spread out.  Fish it now until the water temps come up then please leave it alone and hope for rain this Summer!  Micro Caddis, Baetis and Stones down low.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 90 CFS. May 2015:  The Flows are looking ok for now with numerous fish in the system.  Watch for Spawning fish and please leave them alone!  Baetis are the best with March Browns working as well.  Beetles, Ants and Rusty Spinners will take a fish or two on the surface.

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 0-150+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  No water coming out of Tahoe so you have to get below some of the feeder creeks for sufficient amounts of water.  Should fish ok through town butter better downstream.  Stones, Big Mayflies, Baetis and Micro Caddis.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    The flows are low for this time of the year but fishable.  Crowds have been a factor… try going down stream into the canyon to get away of the masses.  Stones, Big Mayflies, Baetis and Micro Caddis.  Look for fish coming up for Squallas and Possible March Browns.  The fish tend to be concentrated so share the river if you find them.

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report:  Fish it while you can with the idea that it might be gone before you know it.  Should fish well until the temperatures start to effect it.  Crawdads, Stones, Streamers and Mayflies!

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: May 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Fishing is worth it and better on stormy days. Should only get better as we get into later Spring. Take your chances and try for the 20 pound club, 10 pounds doesn’t seem to make much of a splash any longer. Buggers in two colors or a couple of different Chironomid patterns under an indicator. Every day is different, some days they take the Beetle and some the Chironomid and others the stripped Bugger.  Take a variety of bugs and give it a shot!

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Fishing well!  Blood Midges, Calibaetis and Buggers.  Float tubing gives you the best access but shore fishing works.  The shallow end is favored when the fish are cruising.

Caples Lake:  The Lake is 80% full and fishing well.  Walking the shore looking for the cruising fish is more fun!  Ant Patterns, Calibaetis, Streamers and Blood Midges will work best.

 Red Lake Fishing Report:  The lake looks pretty good… fish the upper end for best results.  Streamers, Blood Midges and San Juan Worms.  Evenings can produce dry fly opportunities.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Smaller fish but plenty of them.  Leeches, Blood Midges and Ants.

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Closed until Summer

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   The Gates should open soon!

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!



Guide School 2015- Just do it!!!

Filed under: General Comments,Guide Trip Reports — Brendan at 3:39 pm on Saturday, April 25, 2015

Well folks its that time of year again when we are getting ready for our annual guide school for TFFO. As one of the lead instructors for the school, I get excited to share my knowledge and passion for the sport that I love with our incoming students. I have spent over 23 years trying to become a better angler and guide. During that time on the water, there have been a lot of mistakes and errors , as well as some triumphs and successes! Its one of the things that has always kept me coming back year after year, you never truly master fly fishing. In the end the fish have the last word or laugh in some cases… One thing I have learned is that guiding is a very dynamic job… Everyday is different. You never know what you may see on a given day. We are fortunate enough to share our offices with Eagles, Osprey’s, Deer, Bear, Mt. Lions, Coyotes, Quail and of course the fish, plus literally hundreds of other species that we may encounter on a daily basis…
The other unique thing about guiding is meeting people from all over the world and sharing stories with them. I always find it fascinating to get their perspectives on all sorts of topics. But in the end, we all have a common goal. That is to enjoy and help preserve the outdoors and the rivers we are fishing. If we get a few fish to the net along the way, well then that’s just icing on the cake! Its hard to have a bad day out on the river , and its my job and hopefully yours someday, to ensure that we have a awesome time with my [our] clients.
Please let me show you how to become a competent guide and start your new career off on the right foot. Trust me , you will not regret it!!! I look forward to seeing and meeting you soon.

Brendan Burnside
Lead Guide TFFO

Who is ready to fish?

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:39 pm on Friday, April 24, 2015

We are all set to go folks! We have a fresh stock of fish in sawmill lake. We have a pair of bald eagles nesting, a max of 4 rods, and big beautiful rainbows cruising. If you have never had the opportunity to check it out this is a great time of year to get up there. Book a guide to show you all of our favorite techniques or reserve a spot for yourself to go up on your own. Call the shop with any questions or to book (530)541-8208. Buggers, dries, deep water indicator fishing should all be effective the next few weeks!

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