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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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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

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!

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.

Guide School 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 4:09 pm on Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Guide school 2015 is just three weeks away! Turn your passion for fly fishing into a career by joining us May 11th through 16th for Guide school 2015. The six day intensive course will prepare you for all aspects of being a professional Fly Fishing guide. My name is Peter Santley  Guide/Instructor for Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters I spend over 200 days a year on the water between my guiding and fishing. I am a graduate of Guide School 2006 and I am starting my tenth season of guiding in the Eastern Sierras, I also guide the Trinity River for steelhead. You can’t beat my office! The staff at Tahoe Fly Fishing led by Rick McGuire are looking forward to your attendance in Guide School 2015. See you there!

Peter Santley   Guide/Instructor TFFO

2006 Guide School Graduate

We told you, it’s time!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 4:21 pm on Thursday, April 2, 2015

Well, as much as I wanna claim this one…..she was actually foul hooked in the tail! Man I thought she was the twenty lb slab at first! Still a good day when you get to hold a trout this big!
We did legitimately catch a few that day too, but mostly “rats” which are still up to 5 lb fish! With some weather coming in next week it may really turn on! Stop by the shop, pick up some bugs, and get out there!

It’s time….

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 5:19 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015

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

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 5:10 pm on Friday, March 6, 2015

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!image

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