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!
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TFFO Guide School