24 Days, 3 spots and its on!

24 days and counting until Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School 2017 begins.  We currently have 3 spots available and if you are considering this as an option to starting a career in the fly fishing industry now is the time to get started and get in on the best instruction you will find anywhere.  Learning from the best will only increase your chances to becoming one of the best yourself one day.  Here is our line up of instructors.  Matt Heron from Matt Heron Fly Fishing,  Jordan Romney from Fly Fishing Specialities,  former graduate Jay Swartley from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Chuck Ragan from Chuck Ragan Fly Fishing.  An incredible line up of fishing and instructing talent.  Hit the link on all of these guys and get their stories in detail.  I promise you will be impressed.  As an added bonus, Mike Weir from CalTrout will be presenting again. Mike has been with us from the beginning and he is always a highlight for our students.  With all that being said, I hope some of you who read this will give yourselves permission to start your career as a fly fishing guide with us this year and sign up today.  Feel free to call me with any questions.  Hope to hear from you.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Guide School 2016 dates announced!

We are extremely excited to have set the dates for our 6th annual Guide School.  School this year will be May 1st to May 6th.  You then add 2 shadow days with any of our instructors or Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guides to complete your 8 day experience.  The price this year is $1600.  We are excited to have back Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Jay Swartley, and Chuck Ragan as our instructors.  You cannot match a line up like this in any fly fishing guide school in the country.  Water will certainly not be an issue this year as all of you know we are experiencing a historic winter this year.  Healthy for our fisheries and the people who fish them.  We have had a tremendous amount of interest this year so if you are considering joining us this year call Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and put down a deposit to hold down your spot.  If you have any questions about the school or just want to talk fishing feel free to give me a call.  Stay tuned for additional posts as the dates approach.

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

Last year’s crew, final day on the American.  End of a great week with a fantastic group of guys!

 

Lake Tahoe Community College Workshop

I had the pleasure of doing my first LTCC fly fishing class in a couple of years this past Sunday. What a great time I had with the 4 students who had signed up for the class.  We spent the entire day learning and practicing a variety of skills to help them get on the water, catch some fish, and have some fun. We started at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters where we talked about equipment, then to Paradise Park in Meyers to work on casting skills, and ended the day on the West Carson River.  I was impressed with their determination and work efforts with their casting, line management, and mending skills.  All of them showed great improvement by the end of the day.  I fully enjoyed their company throughout the day as I got to know them all personally.  That to me is the payoff at the end of a long day.  Connecting with others through an activity like fly fishing is what makes outdoor activities special and meaningful.  I will be doing 3 other full day Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this summer.  They take place on 6/25, 7/16, and 8/6.  Contact myself or the shop to sign up or get more information. Class size is limited to 6 people, so sign up and allow me to connect with you.  Also, stay tuned as we are working to make these Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops even better this summer by adding a few things.  I will keep everyone updated to those additions when we finalize them.

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Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com

 

Guide School 2016 wrap up

Guide School 2016 is over and as we all recover from a long but fantastic week I want to take a quick look back at this year’s experience.  The addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as our instructors allowed me to witness fly fishing instruction at the highest level.  I would put these guys up against anyone and feel confident that they are the best.  Jaime Lyle as always was at the top of the game in fly casting instruction and like every year I picked up a few tips for my own casting and teaching.  Our presenters Megan Murray, Erik Elliott, Taylor Green, and Mike Weir from Cal Trout made the classroom portion interesting and informative. Their passion for what they do was evident.  Channel 4 guys, Alex Marguiles and his cameraman Julian were fun to host and we look forward to seeing their report when it airs.  A big thanks to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley for guiding these guys and helping out with a variety of other things.  We could not have asked for a better and more talented group of students.  Hossein, Eric, Ryan, Steve, and Rob will all make excellent fly fishing guides and instructors.  It is always great to see friendships develop during the week and the bond of fly fishing keep them together for years to come.  Chuck Ragan as mentioned in an earlier post was a late but fantastic addition to the team as a drift boat guiding instructor. Thanks also to Victor Babbitt the owner of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for all of his hard work.  As I sit here and recap this years school, I can’t help but think how far we have come since our first year.  We are all very proud of what we have built and feel confident that we are facilitating the fly fishing guide school experience better than anyone in the industry and we are not done. Stay tuned for information on next year’s school.  Here are a few photos from Saturday’s drift boat session on the American River.

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Drift boat guiding instructor Chuck Ragan

We had the privilege at this years guide school to have Chuck Ragan as one of our drift boat guiding instructors.  Great teacher, fly fisherman, and guy.  He was a perfect addition to the staff. Yes, and he is also a pretty good musician as I found out after watching several of his videos on youtube.  Really liked his Hot Water Music stuff.  So did my wife.  Anyway I had the privilege of working along side of him and Jordan Romney on the American River on Saturday and I got to see him in his element.  Chuck does his guiding on the rivers and lakes of the Sacramento Valley and does a lot of guide work for the non-profit organization Cast Hope.  He will be a permanent addition to our guide school staff.  Another great bat in the line up.  You can check out his full bio on our website.

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Rick McGuire, Guide School Director

Lake Tahoe Community College workshop

Check this out.  I will be teaching this class for LTCC again..  It is designed for anyone who is interested in getting into fly fishing or someone who is in need of a tune up.  Contact information is on the flyer. Hope to see you there.

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Rick McGuire, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

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