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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Dan LeCount, Jordan Romney, and Matt Heron at the Matt Heron Fly Fishing Booth.

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

 

 

The canyon is alive and well. Truckee River Fly Fishing.

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This morning the air is crisp.  The canyon still has some shade in it.  But up along the steep canyon banks of the Truckee River the sun is a blazing and the hoppers are still jumping about.  This week feels like summer is trying to peek her head out for one last hoo raw.  The water has a nice bite to it, we are still wearing our shorts because we are not ready to put those crusty waders back on. ( I found out how leaky they are this past week at pyramid, yuck).  The fish are eating well and appear to have made it through the summer in great shape.  Well, at least the ones down here below the mouth of Boca through out the deep canyon.  We are best to avoid the drought ridden upper sections.  It is quite sad in the town of Tahoe City these days along the Truckee River.  And even worse one might say down in the desert of Nevada where those beastly fish once roamed.  Hopefully mother nature is kind to us and our fishy friends this winter.  But for now a small section of the river is still in great shape and fish able in a good way.  You just have to know where to look.

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Far off and into the desert. Pyramid Lake, NV

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This past weekend was well spent with good friends from areas all over the states of CA and NV, some old and some new.  It was a pleasure as always.  We had good times in the wet and nasty weather as well as the calm bluebird weather pyramid is not known for.  I learned a bit on the vice from a very talented young buck, Austin Lindsay Jr.  This kid has the drive you see in a cougar stalking a deer.  So cool to see.  The passion is there in a mean way.  It makes you want to step it up a notch just to stay ahead.  But its also a real pleasure to see the younger generation engaged so deep into a sport we all love.  If your reading this I would assume you have the drive us fly nerds, geeks, enthusiasts, junkies and die hards all keep pulsing through our blood.  The passion is so thick, it’s not just a sport anymore.  Its a lifestyle.

This weekend was one of those for the memory books.  Not only was the fishing great, but the time spent with old and new friends was more than memorable.  The shore fishing is tough out there now. But if you can get out in a tube, kayak, boat, etc the bite can be one to remember. Strip that chub pattern like you mean it! Pyramid Lake, I love you.

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Fly Fishing tail waters in the Sierras

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This week we went off and explored some temperamental tail waters.  Not all tail waters are so inconsistent.  But in a huge drought year everything can be all over the place as far as flows.  We have the Little Truckee river for instance being a tail water that is a bit more consistent, than say the East Walker the past few years.  All these streams or rivers rely on flows being released from lakes via dams.  Being that we have been in a bit of a drought the last few years we have had very little water to let loose on these streams.   Some of these water sheds are managed a bit differently than others, in return they fish differently as well.

Yesterday we were able to go and check out some tail waters that were way too low this season for fishing at all.  With that being said a few of them have been rippin the past few weeks.  Water is being sold down stream and the fish are loving it!  The cool thing about some of these sections is the numerous types of trout that hold in them.  If persistent one could snag a hat trick on a single river.  That’s right…rainbow, brown and even a brook trout.  With that being said, these tail waters turn off at the drop of a hat.  So do some research before making that drive.  Or better yet, pop on in the shop  to bs or spend a portion of your day with one of our guides.

Fly Fishing the Sierras- Get out and explore! Guides day off.

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The morning starts off as do most days off, the alarming blaring some odd 80s song.  I quickly turn off the alarm and get up.  After rambling about, feeding the dog and throwing the gear into the car I get my bearings about and shoot Chris a msg.  “I’ll be by in a few”.  I grab the pup and jam over to his house and we quickly shuffle the gear into his truck along with the dogs.  Today isn’t just about us….like most days on the river.  We are bringing our buddies along for this adventure.  In the truck they go and we are off!

After a bit of a quick jaunt down the highway we break off the road and down onto a dirt road we head.  We are going where those with cars cannot go, that stock truck wont cut it either.  A bumpy journey it is.  We bs and reminisce about life.  How grand it is.  After we drive this shatty dirt road for what feels like an eternity the river suddenly appears into view.  There she is.  Finally!  We get out of the truck and let the mutts out to let out all that piss and vinegar that they have so politely kept bottled up.  Now its our turn.

We grab our sticks and head down to the first of many runs and holes.  Of course we start hucking the big dry.  Todays bug of choice is the “Chubby Chernobyl”, its that time of year.  Hoppers skittering about every where!  I love it!  And so do our slippery friends that lay tucked in these quick seems.  They are eager to smash the big dry, chase it down stream and just plain inhale  the thing.   This river has a many nice runs and deep holes.  We chuck streamers in the deep holes hoping for that big grab.  The fish you call home about.  We didn’t find her today but we did find quite a few of her friends.  Feisty they were.  And so excited about the new change of weather.  It’s finally cooled off a bit.  And boy can you feel it on that first step into the river.  How long til I can put off breaking out the waders?

All in all it was a great day!  The dogs had a blast. And by the end of the day, I think they were more tired than we.  We got to explore some new water and huck big dries at fish that rarely see a person, let alone a fly.  So if you too would like to enjoy one of those off the beaten path gems feel free to give us call or drop on in the shop.

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