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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

Fanny Bridge Fish Relocation

Filed under: General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Chris Nicola at 7:11 pm on Wednesday, April 22, 2015



I had the opportunity to help relocate fish from the Fanny bridge section of the Truckee River yesterday. Out of 37 fish 28 were successfully relocated into Lake Tahoe.  I think anyone that has stopped and looked at these fish has dremt about fishing for them. I am definitely one of those people, but yesterday didn’t feel like a dream coming true.  It was a more somber feeling given the circumstance. It was very inspiring though, to see the angling community along with Trout Unlimited and California Fish and Wildlife coming together and taking action before it was too late. Thanks again to Dan LeCount for taking a quick picture as we were putting this brown trout in the cradle and for sharing a day on the Truckee I’m sure I will remember forever.

Simms Endorsement

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 7:06 pm on Sunday, April 12, 2015

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With Guide School 2015 a month away, I have to share with you the most exciting news that we have received in the five years of our existence.  The Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School is now endorsed by Simms Fishing Products. Simms as you probably know, is a major player in the fishing game and has endorsed individual guides and outfitters, but now our guide school has received that recognition. Endorsement for our school has been a long process and I am extremely proud to say that all the hard work has paid off.  This includes not only my work, but the hard work of all our instructors including Brendan Burnside, Peter Santley, Jarrod Beer, and Jaime Lyle.  As I have mentioned before we are extremely proud of our product and our ability to grow our programs every year.  Special thanks to John Sherman, our Simms rep who was instrumental in presenting our case to the company.  Thanks again John, we are extremely grateful.  So if you are considering a guide school this year, choose us, we are the only Simms endorsed guide school in the country.  Space is limited so get signed up today and begin your journey to starting a career in the fly fishing industry.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

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

Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing workshop dates set

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 3:54 pm on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Here are the dates for the upcoming 8 hour Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing workshops:

May 9th, June 7th, July 12th, and August 9th.

These are 8 hour, one day workshops with over half of the time spent on the water.  These classes are not only for beginners who want to get off on the right foot but also those with experience who are struggling a bit with their skills.  Sign up today as class size for each session is limited to 6 students.  Contact me or the shop for details.  Class cost is $100 per student and well worth the investment if you are serious about getting started or looking to have more success. Hope to see you this spring or summer!


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

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