Fall is coming

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Fall is rite around the corner here folks. Cooler longer nights, less crowds on the river, and some big bugs will make for some happy fish! And if you get up here should make for happy anglers as well. Now is a great time to set aside a few days for mid September thru end of October.
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With this talk of changing seasons let’s also not forget that rite now we have wet wading, evening caddis, hoppers,tricos, ect….. Yeh it’s summer there’s a lot of pressure and fish aren’t exactly feeding with reckless abandon but trust me in January we will all be dreaming of these days. Getting out early or exploring up high with 3 wts is still the ticket in my book. We have a lot of overlooked fisheries in our area. Sometimes just pulling out the map and picking a blue spot can be a great adventure. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Not catch anything? It’s not like that doesn’t happen time to time anyways! Quick playing on the internet and get out there and fish already…… See you on the water- Jay

All Day Fly Fishing Introduction

Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person

Course Curriculum Includes:

*Equipment
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Trout behavior
*Reading water
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast
*Local fly fishing options

As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.

Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.

This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!

 

Go early!

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The dog days of summer are here and it’s time to start fishing accordingly. Early mornings seem to be the ticket. If you are fishing later in the day please bring a thermometer. Flows on the Little Truckee have also bin pinched with a long hot summer and lots of pressure it may be a good time to think outside the box and go explore some.
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Sight fishing up at Sawmill has bin red hot lately if stalking big bows with dry flys sounds like fun to you give us a shout. We have morning and afternoon session guided on unguided. Other high alpine lakes in the area should be fishing similar as well. So grab the pack rod and get out there and get some, we will all be daydreaming of these summer days in January!

All Day Introduction to Fly Fishing

Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person

Course Curriculum Includes:

*Equipment
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Trout behavior
*Reading water
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast
*Local fly fishing options

As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.

Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.

This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!

 

Welcome to summertime!

Sorry for the lapse in posts guys! I have bin in the middle of moving and busy season. I am figuring out how to post by phone in free time. As far as fishing goes it full on summer, wet wading, evening hatches, and of course crowds!image
With the crowds I mentioned now is a great time to check out private water and no better place than our own sawmill lake. We have had lots of fun sight fishing with ant and beetle patterns. It’s also a great mid morning game if you aren’t into 445 am wake ups!
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With warm weather we our ditching waders for guard socks and board shorts. This is what we dream about in January! Also with the warmth and long days we are getting great evening hatches. Caddis caddis caddis, and some great pmd action as well. It’s a good idea to go late and stay late! We offer 2 hour evening rise trips this time of year and it’s a great opportunity to fine tune your skills and have someone else deal with threading that 5x thru that size #18 hook for you. Give the shop a call for more info and get out there!

All day Introduction to Fly Fishing

Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person

Course Curriculum Includes:

*Equipment
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Trout behavior
*Reading water
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast
*Local fly fishing options

As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.

Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.

This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!

 

Owyhee River adventure

I have been out of town and basically “off the grid” for the last two weeks.  Last week was football camp at the University of Idaho which is probably pretty uninteresting to anyone reading this blog post but it is the week before that which should get your attention.  That week I made my way up to the Owyhee River in Southeastern Oregon on a solo trip for 5 days.  It had been on my list for the last couple of years and I had read a bit about it.  So I hooked up the trailer and headed out for a trip that I thought was going to be about 7 hours tops to get there and due to some poor research it wound up being more like 9.  Not an easy place to get too, but once there I figured out the lay of the land and found a simple campsite at the dam for $5 a night.  This included a flat grassy area to put the trailer, big cottonwoods for shade, an outhouse, and a spigot for water.  All this 50 yards from the water. Nirvana!  There were more fisherman than I thought since Boise is about an hour and half away.  I was able to find good water to myself for the entire time I was there as I worked a 2 to 3 mile stretch from the dam to below the campground. There is so much more river to explore. Fishing was spectacular!  Lots of fish 18 inches and bigger.  I caught them slack line and straight line nymphing without any weight.  Leave the indicators at home.  On the surface, since there was a decent PMD hatch every afternoon, and finally on streamers.  I have included a few photos but taking pictures of the fish you caught by yourself with your smart phone is never easy and I am sure quite comical to watch.  I was amazed by the both the quality and quantity of the fish. Mostly browns with a few rainbows mixed in.  This is definitely not an easy place to get too and my advice is to top off your gas tank at every gas station since this is a pretty remote area.  I almost paid a price for not adhering to that rule.  There are no hotels or restaurants in the area so if you are not going to camp you would be traveling about 3 hours every day to and from the river.   It was great being off the grid for three days.  It is about 40 miles round trip to get any cell service.  I was also warned about the amount of rattle snakes in the area but I never saw any.  It was an awesome trip that I will definitely do again and if you like adventure with your fishing so should you.

Just a reminder, I will be running the first of my summer full day Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this Saturday 6/25.  Contact me or the shop if you are interested or have any questions.  Let me get you started or help you with any issues you might be having.  Local waters are fishing very well and that will continue throughout the summer.

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

 

 

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

 

All Day Intro To Fly Fishing

Full Day Introduction to Fly Fishing Course — $100 per person

Course Curriculum Includes:

*Equipment
*Knots and riggings
*Entomology and fly selection
*Trout behavior
*Reading water
*Safe wading techniques
*Presenting the fly & understanding the drift
*Fly casting–including the overhead, roll, and lob cast
*Local fly fishing options

As this is a non-fishing course you will not need a license unless you are going to fish after the course is complete.
Most of the class will take place outside, weather permitting.

Participants need to bring lunch, water, appropriate clothing, a portable outdoor chair, and any of your own equipment. Rods, reels, waders, and boots (all necessary except waders in the summer) can be rented at the shop.

This course will provide you with all the necessary information and techniques to begin your own personal fly fishing adventure!

 

Stillwater action is hot as the weather

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Well as we predicted the temps rose and so did the flows. Not to worry tho the Stillwater action is red hot. Callibaetis, ants, midges, and baitfish patterns are all fooling fish rite now. I have heard good reports from South Lake area lakes and can tell you first hand that Jackson Meadows and Milton are good to go. To fish all day a float tube or boat is good idea, but midday ant bite is just fine from shore. Just play those wind lines, no wind means no ants in the water.image
If you have never fished our private water (sawmill lake) now is a great time. We restocked last week and water temps are perfect. We can take you on a guide trip or you can fish on your own. We limit mixed groups to a max of 4 rods at a time to ensure a quality experience. Sawmill is truly Tahoes premier Stillwater and now is the time to get a taste of the best! As always give the shop a call with any questions. See ya on the water-Jay