Have you ever wondered what it takes?

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Have you ever wondered what it actually takes to be a guide? What it takes to actually make the trip happen? What it takes to make a living at it? What it takes actually get people to want to come and fish with you? If the answer is yes we can help.

In just under two months we will be running our annual fly fishing guide school. As you may have seen in our previous post we are expanding our guide school this year to cover even more of what it actually takes to become a pro. We have included guides from other outfits and expanded our curriculum to provide you with a complete picture of the guiding scene. We strive to give you the real deal experience of what it is actually like to take a passion and turn it into a profession.

As a former student of the program I can tell you that it takes more than just being a good angler to become a good guide. This course is not designed to be a “fishing seminar”, however you will become a better angler in the process. As most things you get what you put into it. Completing this course does not magically make you a full time professional guide, but if you are willing to work hard it is a great stepping off point into the industry. I hope you will come join us this spring for what is sure to be our best school yet!

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

 

 

Fly Fishing Guide School 2016!

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is proud and excited to announce that our 6th annual Fly Fishing Guide School dates have been set.  We will be conducting next year’s school Monday thru Saturday 5/9/16 to 5/14/15. After you complete school, you can add on two “shadow days” with any of our guides for an 8 day experience.  Fulfill your dreams and join us for the most comprehensive fly fishing guide school in the industry.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you might have and follow us for more information and details.

We are very proud to be a Simms endorsed Guide School

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

Guide School testamonial

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

Rick,

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,
Morgan

Sign up today as spots are limited.

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

Guide School 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.

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