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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!




LTCC fly fishing class

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 8:35 am on Monday, March 2, 2015

This spring I will be teaching an 8 hour Introduction to Fly Fishing class through the Community Education Department at Lake Tahoe Community College on Sunday May 10th from 8 am to 5 pm.  This intensive course is designed for the beginner as well as anyone who is struggling with their fly fishing skills.  Topics that are covered include equipment selection, casting, reading water effectively, entomology and fly selection, presenting the fly properly, as well as others.  Check out the college website or contact me for more information.  The course is titled Fly Fishing For Everyone.  Hope to see you there.


Rick McGuire Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, rickemcguire@yahoo.com, 530-318-5694

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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Upcoming 6 day intensive Fly Fishing School

Filed under: General Comments,General Topics,School and Workshops — Rick at 12:48 pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015

Here is some exciting news!  This year we will be offering a 6 Day Intensive Fly Fishing School along side of our yearly Fly Fishing Guide School.  We have learned over the last 5 years of doing the Guide School that not all of our participants were interested in learning to be a guide but actually just wanted to become better fly fishermen.  This year we decided to take that feedback and offer a school for those just interested in taking their fly fishing skills to the next level.  Some of the workshops when appropriate will have both groups working side by side.  These include casting workshops, knot tying and rigging, entomology and fly selection, and rowing a drift boat to name a few.  All of the other time the groups will be split to work on their specific emphasis.  We are really excited about this and we look forward to working with both groups this year.  Specific information will be posted on the website soon.  If you have questions now, feel free to call or email me.

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





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!

Truckee Tahoe Reno Fly Fishing Guide Report for The Truckee River and Little Truckee River, The East Carson River and West Carson River, East Walker River and West Walker River, and many Tahoe area Still-waters. Updated for Winter 2015

Filed under: Guide Trip Reports,Lake Reports,River Reports — victor at 9:35 am on Tuesday, January 27, 2015


East Carson River Fishing Report – Currently flowing at 90+ CFS and fluctuating.

The catch and release section below Hangman’s Bridge:  Open year round and traditionally not fishing very well until about March. If you have to fish it during February, try Stones, Egg Patterns and Baetis Nymphs for a chance.

Above the Bridge, put and take section:  Closed until the end of April.

West Carson River Fishing Report – Closed until end of April

West Walker River Fishing Report- Currently flows are 35 + CFS and fluctuating.

Closed above the 395 Bridge until end of April.

Below the bridge is fishing just ok where you can find a fish. Should improve as we get to March. Try Stones, Baetis and Egg Patterns with possible Squala Stonefly Hatch in Early March.

East Walker River Fishing Report- Flows are 20+ CFS.  January 2015

CA section:  Flows are at the minimum and the fish are lethargic but fishable. Midges, Baetis and an occasional egg pattern for best results.

Nevada section: Rosachi Ranch section fishing ok. Wait for the Squalla Hatch in March for more fun fishing! Look for cloudy days for best results.

Little Truckee River Fishing Report- Flows are 150+ CFS. January 2015

Flows are in good shape for this time of year and the bugs are around. Look for Midges, Baetis and Winter Stones. Beetles will take a fish now and again. Look for rising fish in the longer pools!

Truckee River (Ca) Fishing Report- Flows are 20-270+ and variable.

Above the 267 Bridge:  Closed until the end of April.

Year round section (CA) below 267 Bridge.    Intermittingly frozen but on the days the sun shines and the flows are not impeded by ice, the fishing can be pretty good. Midges and Baetis with a few dry fly opportunities on occasion. Sections below Boca inlet have a lot more water and the fish are in better shape. Herschdale area should be the most consistent on the nicer days. Stones, Baetis and Midges for a while!

Truckee River (Nv) Fishing Report: The flows are staying pretty good for this time of the year and the Baetis are starting to pop. The Bigger fish should start eating off of the surface over the next couple of weeks if they haven’t already. Cloudy days are the best as long as it warms up.

Guides Available call (530-541-8208).  Learn it and Love it!  We will be doing a limited amount of float trips on the Truckee this Winter/Spring, please call for details.

Tahoe Area Stillwater’s: January 2015

Pyramid Lake:  Fishing is worth it and better on stormy days. Should only get better as we get into Spring. Take your chances and try for the 20 pound club, 10 pounds doesn’t seem to make much of a splash any longer. Buggers in two colors or a couple of different Chironomid patterns under an indicator. Some action available fishing with larger Tui Chub Patterns as well.

Indian Creek Reservoir:  Thawed and fishing ok right now but could freeze back up any day if it gets cold again. Buggers and Blood Midges are best.

Caples Lake: Ice Fishing for now with marginal ice. Make sure to check conditions before heading out. Some days have been good with a few Mackinaw being landed. Bay Shrimp, Worms, Power Bait and Kastmasters for Jigging!

Red Lake Fishing Report:  Ice Fishing for Lahontan Cutts or Brook Trout. Small piece of Worm or a Small Bay Shrimp. Jigging takes a fish or two with Kastmasters.

Silver Lake fishing report-  Similar to Caples Lake Report.  Fish the Dam area but check for ice safety prior to heading there. Our mild Winter is having an effect on conditions.

Spooner Lake Fishing Report- Frozen…

Marlette Lake Fishing Report:  Closed until Summer

Blue Lakes Fishing Report-   Ice Fishing for those with a Machine. Same baits as Red Lakes.

Get out and fish, the season never ends around here!



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

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