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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

Mid-Winter Baetis & Truckee River Browns!

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — victor at 8:31 am on Tuesday, March 3, 2015


Truckee River was a blast this past week! Big Browns on drys, just what I have been waiting for!




Pleasanton Fly Show

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Rick at 10:30 am on Sunday, February 22, 2015

I had the opportunity to spend yesterday at the Pleasanton Fly Show and a had a great time. Although I made it a long one day event leaving at 5:30 am and getting back home at 8:30 pm, I was glad I did it.  My main agenda was to begin the process of creating a network of job opportunities for our Guide School graduates.  I talked with a lot of great outfitters and lodge owners and learned a lot about the process for becoming an Alaska fly fishing guide.  Everyone I met seemed genuinely interested in what we we were doing and in most cases it looks like there may be some possibilities in the future for creating the network we have dreamed of.  Although I realize this will be an ongoing and longer term project, I was able to find what may be some opportunities this year.  Exciting!  It was also great to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones. Including these lovely ladies from Sisters on the Fly.  My wife loves them.


Rick McGuire Guide School Director TFFO

3 months to Guide School 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Rick at 9:09 am on Friday, February 20, 2015

It’s less than 3 months to this years Guide School and we are starting to get really excited around here about this years class.  If you are considering becoming a fly fishing guide, we feel that we are the most comprehensive experience in the industry when it comes to preparing you for a career as a guide.  I am heading to Pleasanton , CA this Saturday for the Fly Fishing Show and my goal is to set up a few referrals with other guide services for job placement for our graduates.  I will keep everyone updated on my progress as we feel this is an important addition to our school.  This addition as well as others we have implemented have come directly from our graduates.  Contact me if you have any other questions and I look forward to talking to you.

Rick McGuire  Guide School Director TFFO

rickemcguire@yahoo.com  530-318-5694

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The skiing may be sub par, but the fishing is GREAT!

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 8:44 am on Monday, February 2, 2015

Its that time folks, the days are getting longer, bugs are starting to pop down low and we are all getting excited! Normally we are taking long drives to pyramid, yuba, or the american this time of year to get a line wet. This year however I’m taking lunch breaks and fishing the truckee on the california side. While waiting for powder i am more than happy to get some sun and stick a few fish. Better yet looking for heads to come up on overcast days.

There is simply too much for one blog post going on rite now, everything from micro midges up high to giant streamer eating fish at Pyramid! Call the shop if you are coming up to ski and make a mega day out of it! Groomers in the am and fish in the afternoon? Yep thats why we live in California! Book a guide to show you the nuances of winter fishing, or stock up on streamers and go put your time in at the ‘Mid. you won’t catch em on your couch! and snow or no snow the next few months are gonna be great!


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 9:49 pm on Monday, December 8, 2014

Trinity River steelhead report is the steelhead are responding to recent rains. Steelhead fishing is good on the Trinity River between storms for all kinds of tactics. It’s steelhead weather on the Trinity now as the fish like the rain. We are at the late stages of the fall run and the river is primed for the winter run steelhead to start moving in this month. Steelhead fishing remains good both swinging flies or fishing nymphs under indicators. Water temps still remain near 50 degrees and the fish are still chasing swung flies when flows are right. I will be on the Trinity for the next ten days guiding. I still have a few openings 12/12 and 12/13,12/18 and 12/19  for those interested in connecting with a strong fighting steelhead. With more rain in the forecast the next few weeks should see some great fishing. BOOK A TRIP! Call PETER at 530 318- 7073 or e-mail peter@tahoeflyfishing.com. I will return calls or emails in the evenings when I get off the river, Let’s go steelhead fishing ! I have plenty dates available in after Christmas, January, February and March too!

Come out and play!

Peter Santley TFFO


Truckee River Guide Update November 5, 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,River Reports — Mike Curtis at 9:33 pm on Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I had a blast today guiding Blaise and his two sons (5 and 7 years old) today on the Truckee River, California side. Now I know there is still at lot of controversy over wether or not to fish the Truckee river both in California and Nevada. Let me just say that yes water flows are still low and it has concentrated fish but, watertemps are in the high 40’s at 2 in the afternoon. Every fish we landed today was hot… multiple runs, jumps and quick recovery times. Now that isn’t to say that one should take their time with the fish out of water, just snap a quick photo and release or if the fish isn’t photo worthy just release.

Yes fish are concentrated nymphing for them is a quick way to rack up numbers, but if you want a challenge, there are plenty of fish up on the Micro Blue Wing Olive hatch that is going on right now. With waters being lower than normal this is a great time for begginers or folks who want to work on casting, drifts with a dry fly!! And if you think you need a little extra encouragement or some help with dry fly fishing a Gudie Trip is the best way to go!! This hatch will only be around for another couple of weeks so I would book now!!

Tight lines to all of you!! and Here’s to Bucking Trout!!

Mike Curtis
TFFO Guide/Instructor


Hooked up!

Hooked up!

BWO fish

BWO fish

23" Bow on the Stone dry fly

23″ Bow on the Stone dry fly

Guide update for Truckee River October 6th 2014

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Jay Swartley at 7:55 pm on Monday, October 6, 2014

Fall is official here on the north shore. A little ice on the line today down in the canyon. Throwing big offerings(crayfish, stones,eggs,sj’s,ect) early before the bugs start moving seems to be the ticket the last few days. Once the sun hits the water look for midges and small to medium sized mayflies. still a few hoppers left as well.
If you ever wanted to have a shot at that trophy brown the next few weeks would be a great time to give it a go! See you on the water…..image


Filed under: Guide Trip Reports — Peter at 7:09 pm on Saturday, September 27, 2014

Trinity River steelhead addicts wanted to fill seats in my drift boat for fall and winter steelhead trips. Just over 300 miles northwest of our South Lake Tahoe shop is my fall and winter home away from home Trinity River. The Trinity has one of the best steelhead runs in the west. I leave tomorrow to take my drift boat to Indian Creek Lodge on the Trinity River near Douglas City where it will stay all season. I will run my first trips of the season next week and will be on the river for six days. Salmon and steelhead are in the system and we will be after them. Steelhesd fishing on the Trinity is a blast . If you would like to join the fun, BOOK A TRIP. I have some good dates available in October and November I am trying to book. Full day float trips are $400.00 a day or $750.00 for two days. I have all Sage gear for nymphing or spey casting. One thing for sure if you don’t go you can’t catch them! I will have first hand information in a couple of days, stay tuned.




(530) 318-7073   cell

e-mail        peter@tahoeflyfishing.com




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