7 days and 3 spots

Guide school 2016 is one week away and the excitement is mounting.  We have 3 spots still available and if you are considering enrolling, now is the time to do it.  Join us for a weeks worth of unequaled instruction, great experience, camaraderie, and I am sure quite a few laughs.  Check us out on the Simms Fly Fishing website blog The Wading Room.   Call if you have any questions. Dates for this year’s school are 5/9 to 5/14.

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

 

 

26 days and counting

Guide School 2016 is 26 days away and we are getting all things in order on our end.  This year is even a bit more exciting than the last four since we are on the tail end of a slightly above average winter and we have water in our rivers and streams.  This is getting not only the guide school staff fired up for this season but the local fishing community as well.  I personally will never take it for granted again and I will enjoy every day on the water as the special experience it should be.  We have a few spots left for this year’s school and we are optimistic that we are going to be full.  We will be out marketing in full force this last month.  So if you have ever considered doing the guide school thing at some point in your life, why not now when conditions could not be better? Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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

Top Ten reasons to go to Guide School 2016

The Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School crew is extremely proud and excited about this year’s school. In the past we always felt that we were as good if not better than any other fly fishing guide school out there.  With the additions and changes we have implemented this year, we absolutely feel that we are the best experience out there for the person who wants to become a fly fishing guide.  If you have followed any of my posts for the past 6 months, this list is just a summary of what I have shared in the past.  So here we go.  The top ten reasons you should go to guide school this year.

  1. This will be our sixth year and we have not had to shut down operations in any year due to lack of enrollment.  This experience and consistency leads to a high quality product.
  2. The instructors.  Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Jaime Lyle.  Can’t get better than this.
  3. Sponsorship and endorsement from Simms.  They just don’t give this away.  We earned it.
  4. All our other sponsors including Umqua, Sage, and Rio.  They are extremely generous with products to our students.
  5. Our marketing presentation.  We bring in an outside presenter who has developed a presentation specific to the fly fishing industry.  Michelle can teach anyone how to use social media for their business interests.
  6. Having the opportunity to learn how to guide and fish the iconic Truckee River with the most knowledgeable Truckee River guides out there.
  7. Getting to hear Mike Weir from Cal Trout speak on their mission and the sustainability of our fisheries and the role of the guide in that process.  Mike has made quite a name for himself in the fly fishing industry as a fisherman, film maker, and environmentalist.  We are proud to have had him as an instructor and presenter since the beginning.
  8. Learning the art of still water guiding on Sawmill Lake at Northstar California ski resort.  An incredible private fishery.
  9. WE HAVE WATER THIS SEASON!
  10. Because you have always wanted to and this is the year to pull the trigger. 

The list could go on.  Sign up today or give us a call.  We have a limited amount of spots left.

Be one of these guys this year!

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

Stillwater addition to Guide School 2016

We are excited to be adding a still water guiding session to our Guide School this year.  All of our instructors felt strongly about adding this component to our curriculum this year.  Having dealt with such a severe drought over the last four years, guiding lakes has been one of the only consistent fishing resources during that time.  So for those guides who decide not to go that route, realize you are eliminating great opportunities to get clients on fish.  Our goal is to make our students the most complete fly fishing guides possible.   We will be holding this workshop at Sawmill Lake at Northstar California ski area. It is one of our private waters and a great place to fish and learn. With spring here, fishing is or should be on the minds of every fly-fisher out there. As always contact me with any questions or check the website at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.  I would love to talk with you.

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

My thoughts on becoming a guide

With Guide School 2016 a little over 2 months away, I was thinking about those out there who are still considering and dreaming about becoming a fly fishing guide but still have not made the commitment to do so.  It is one of those mental pages in our heads that we take to bed every night and in our thoughts before sleep.  I have been there in my life at least a dozen times.  I know what it is like to be caught up in that internal conflict and sometimes agonize a bit about making the full commitment to what I actually wanted to do.  I can say with absolute certainty that when I made the commitment to do what I had dreamed about for so long, I was never disappointed and always fulfilled emotionally.  For me, this applied not only to becoming a fly fishing guide but also as a ski patroller and high school football coach. Dreams do become realities when you allow yourself to take the risk and commit to what you actually want. Give yourself permission to do the things you want.  The safe route is not always the best route when it comes to personal satisfaction and fulfillment.  If you are currently in that state of mind and want some guidance, contact me and I can give you my thoughts on how to problem solve this situation and maybe help you figure it out.  I know some will find this to be a sales pitch (and to some extent it is) but it is also completely genuine and applicable to so much more than just fishing.  Hope to hear from you.

 

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

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

I had a great time at the show this weekend.  I spent most of my time promoting the school and talking to various outfitters about their employment needs. It was obvious to me that the word is out about out the school since this year almost everyone I met and talked to, already new of us.  That is a good thing and I realized that we are the only guide school represented at the show.  Also a very good thing.  I spent time with all of our instructors.  Jaime Lyle, Matt Heron, and Jordan Romney, and Mike Weir were all there at their respective booths.  Having those guys on board gives us incredible exposure and credibility at the show.  I was also able to cast a few rods and new lines.  One particular product did “wow” me. That was the new Single Handed Spey line from Rio  Fantastic line for single handed spey casts and roll casts but a rocket as an overhead casting line.  I will be ordering a few so check it out.  We are about 9 weeks out from this years school so if this is what you have always wanted to do, sign up today and let’s get it done.  I have a strong feeling from all indications that we will fill up this year.

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

Jaime Lyle joining us again at Guide School 2016

Wanted to let everyone know that Jaime Lyle of Farbanks Pros will be joining us again this year at Guide School as our casting instructor.  Jaime has been with us since the beginning and we are extremely happy that it will happen again this year.  Jaime is an FFF Master Casting Instructor and former National School Director for the Sage Rod Company.  He is recognized as one of the best instructors in the industry and I learn something new from him every year.  It is a pleasure to work with him and we are extremely proud to have him as part of our team.  If you are attending the Pleasanton Fly Fishing show this weekend make sure you stop by Matt Heron Fly Fishing and Fly Fishing Specialties.  Myself, Matt Heron, and Jordan Romney will all be there to answer any questions about guide school or fly fishing in general.  Jaime will also be in attendance at the Sage or Rio booths.  Hope to see you there.

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

Pleasanton CA Fly Fishing Show 2016

Hey, just a reminder that the Fly Fishing Show in Pleasanton, CA is February 26, 27, and 28th at the Alameda County Fairgrounds.  Its a great chance to see whats going on the industry, check out new gear, maybe cast a few rods, and most importantly you can meet and talk with our Guide School instructors.  Myself, Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, and Jaime Lyle will all be available at their respective booths to answer any questions you might have about guide school or fly fishing in general.  We’d love to talk with you about either.  I will be leaving tomorrow morning for a 12 day ski tour in British Columbia with my wife and I will be returning the Tuesday before the show.  Life is good!  I’d also like to remind everyone that we continue to be the only Simms endorsed guide school in the country and we are extremely proud of that.  Thanks as always to John Sherman for that.

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Look forward to seeing you at the show.

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

Second Exciting Guide School 2016 Announcement!

One day after I had the privilege of announcing Matt Heron as an instructor and sponsor of our Guide School, I am as equally proud to announce that Jordan Romney of Fly Fishing Specialties has also joined us as an instructor.

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As with the addition of Matt, we are getting one of the best guides and teachers in the industry.  Jordan grew up fishing the waters of Northern California and was able to make his passion for fly fishing into a successful full time job.  He is not only the head guide for Fly Fishing Specialties in Sacramento but he is also one of the top casting instructors for Matt Heron Fly Fishing Schools.  We are proud to add Jordan to our list of instructors. This level of instruction is unequaled in the industry.  So as always, don’t let this opportunity slip by if you are considering attending this year.  Space is limited and I don’t want to see anyone miss out if they are serious about turning their passion into a full time job like Matt and Jordan did.  Call the shop 530-541-8208 or me directly if you have any questions.

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

Exciting Guide School 2016 News!

We are extremely excited to announce that Matt Heron has joined our Guide School as an instructor and his company Matt Heron Fly Fishing has joined as a sponsor.matt heron logoMatt Heron photo
Matt has had a fly fishing career lasting more than two decades and is widely recognized as one of the best guides and instructors in the Lake Tahoe area and on the Truckee River.  Matt’s fly fishing school at Squaw Creek has developed into a thriving and recognizable business.  We are extremely proud to have Matt become a part of the country’s premier fly fishing guide school. He joins a long list of great instructors and industry professionals who have taught at our school.  Join us this year and make your dream of becoming a fly fishing guide a reality.  Guide School 2016 runs from May 9th to May 14th. If you have questions regarding the school you can contact Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at 530-541-8208 or contact me directly.  Reserve your spot as soon as possible as class size is limited. Stay tuned for more information as this year’s school approaches and we look forward to hearing from you.

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