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

Guide School- 3 days in the books, 4 to go

Guide School 2016 is nearing its halfway point and what a fantastic week it has been so far.  First of all we have been blessed to have 5 very talented fly fishermen as students this year.  They are all sticks and great guys to boot.  Secondly, the addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors has exceeded my expectations and they were high to start. Casting with Jaime Lyle on Monday, multiple presentations by some great speakers on Tuesday including Mike Weir from Cal Trout, and the groups first day on the Truckee River this morning.  Great instruction, beautiful weather, good water conditions, and fantastic camaraderie have made this year one of the best for us.  I look forward to seeing how the rest of the week goes and I am sure it will be as good or better than the first half.  Channel 4 KRNV TV from Reno came out and did a story on us today and it will air on their Exploring Our Backyard series.  Reporter Alex Margulies and his cameraman Julian spent the better part of the day with the group.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley taught Alex few of the basics and even guided him a portion of the day.  I had to be interviewed and although I knew it was coming and coverage like this for our school is something I have always wanted, I was still completely uncomfortable.  Anyway,  I am extremely proud of what we are doing and look forward to not only the next four days but continuing to grow into the best fly fishing guide school in the country

 

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Rick McGuire, Guide School Director

 

It goes zero to a hundred real quick

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As always, but especially during springtime things can go from zero to a hundred in the blink of an eye. One minute the water appears lifeless and the next it seems every fish in the river is up. A little persistence can go a long way tho. If you don’t let it discourage you and you stick it out most spring days it will turn on for you….eventually.
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We are all getting excited for summer now and with that being said we are starting to think beyond just our go to Truckee and Little Truckee. With the Carsons still a swollen and the high country still snowed in its a great time for some stillwater. Spring is a good time for hog hunting and it doesn’t get much better than our own Sawmill Lake at Northstar! Rite now there is a little walking involved on account of snow and mud on the road but if you are willing to walk it is well worth the effort! Give the shop a call to book the lake or with questions. -See ya on the water!

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

 

 

It’s go time!

Well it is go time folks, the California general trout season opens tomorrow! With that being said you know we are excited. Sure we have plenty of water that is open year round, but our options are now almost endless! With the promise of water all summer and near perfect flows for the opener things should kick off with a bang.
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We took a drive out to the Carson Rivers today and man are flows about perfect. A little bit of off color on the East and just a bit into the grass on the west. A bit of color never hurts, I think sometimes it actually helps. You can get rite up on your fish without spooking them, and the higher flows push fish out of the main current and into the side seams.
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If you are in north lake tonight make sure you stop by Blue Coyote in Truckee for Trout Unlimited’s “Fishmas eve” celebration. It’s a great cause with a bunch of great dudes! Also if you get out on the water this weekend feel free to stop by the shop and let us know how you did!

Come join the fun!

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We have had a lot of fun on the water this past week. Fishing has bin great, especially in the afternoon. Its that time of year where things can change real quick tho so check that forecast and bring the rain gear!
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Nymphing in the mornings and dry dropper rigs in the afternoons seem to be a good bet. Fish are certainly moving out of those super slow winter lies and into a bit faster water to feed. Come on up and book a guide to make the most of your time, or stop by the shop for bugs and details!

Time to fish!

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Its fishing good and just getting better up here folks. With spring weather, no summer crowds, and lots of bugs on the menu now is the time to fish! Stop by or call the shop for info and reports, or as always book a guide trip! -See you on the water
P.S. Anyone interested in doing guide school this year should get signed up, we are filling up quick and its gonna be the best yet!

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