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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

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!

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