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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

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

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!

IF4 Show in Bend

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 8:19 am on Thursday, March 26, 2015

What a bonus!  Me and my wife were in Bend, Oregon the past week on a ski and mountain bike trip and the International Fly Fishing Film Festival 2015 was in town.  It was held at the Tower Theater in downtown Bend and sponsored by Fly and Field Outfitters, a great local fly shop.  It was the first time I had attended the event and was thoroughly impressed by the film entrants.  My wife, who does not fish, was also impressed and entertained.  As for Bend, the mountain biking was off the charts and we were able to get only our second powder day of the year at Mount Bachelor.  That place still has the soul of skiing and riding as its number one priority.  46 days until Guide School 2015.  Reserve your spot and join us this year.  If you have any questions, please email or call me.



rickemcguire@yahoo.com  530-318-5694

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.

Guide School testamonial

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 9:56 am on Saturday, March 14, 2015

Here is a testimonial from one of our graduates Morgan Kane.  He was also the winner of that year’s casting contest.


The school was very informational.  I had a great time learning with the other students as well as the guides and teachers.  I really liked the time everyone really spent with the verbage of teaching.  Now the only way to keep this knowledge fresh is to continue fishing and teaching others that is why I am moving forward with it.  I have already bought my bond through the state and Im in the process of filling out my guides paperwork.  I’m also gonna start shadowing now that I am back from Belize.  This school was so informational one of the nights I was in Belize( nothing but fish on the brain….even tho it was my honeymoon), I had a dream that I was guiding a client on the Truckee river.  “Lob, lift and now lead the indicator down the seam”.  I had a blast and will continue striving forward to turn my passion into a career.

The networking side of things really helps as well.  Throughout the week I would post a new pic each day from our school.  I must have had over a half dozen replys or private messages about the Tahoe Fly fishing guides school.  I ranted nothing but positive replies because I feel the school has helped tremendously.

Thanks again,


Sign up today as spots are limited.

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

Guide School 2015

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 9:59 pm on Sunday, March 8, 2015

Once again this year’s Guide School has the privilege of having Jaime Lyle as our casting instructor.  Jaime is a certified FFF Master Casting Instructor and one of the best in the industry.  He is currently a California sales rep for Sage, Redington, and Rio. Student will spend an entire day with Jaime and our instructors working on their personal casting skills and learning how to teach others. We are two months away from this year’s school and getting pretty excited as it approaches.  Contact me if you have any questions and sign up soon as we have a limit on the number of spots available.

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Rick McGuire- Guide School Director  530-318-5694  rickemcguire@yahoo.com

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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