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!

It won’t be long now.

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No, it won’t be long now. It won’t be long and we will be spending our long summer days chasing trout in our favorite areas again. Soon we will be time to head back into the cold clear mountain streams of summer. Guard socks and wet wading, 3 weights and dry flys. Evening hatches that keep you on the water until well after dark. It will all be here before you know it!
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Now is the time to stop procrastinating and start planning! Start looking at the calendar, call those fishing buddies and get those summer trips planed out. With more storms dumping lots of that white stuff on the mountains we are looking forward to our best summer in years! Call or email the shop with any questions, just remember it won’t be long now…..

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

 

 

Quit wishing and start fishing

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With the snow on hold for a week or so its a great time to get out on the river. Look for fish in soft water with a little depth. I have often heard the expression “walking speed water”, but probably better would be “slow strolling” speed. Think warm summer evening stroll NOT walking through the parking lot to your car in February speed. Flys should be small and dark color for the most part. Fish aren’t that picky rite now, its just a matter of putting it rite on their nose.
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Wintertime is normally working hard to stick a few nice fish, not 20 fish days. If you can get out midweek tho you should have all the best water to yourself. Come up and ski fresh groomers in the morning and fish the warmth of the day. We have guides ready to help hone your winter game and make sure you have the best experience possible. Give us a call or stop by the shop!

Winter can be cold, or red hot!

Love them late fall colors.

Love them late fall colors.


Winter time can be really on or really off! its all about being a the rite place at the rite time….and a little luck.
East walker still has a few fattys!

East walker still has a few fattys!


Timing wise it’s a safe bet the early morning hatch thing just isn’t gonna happen. So feel free to sleep in and be a little lazy. Your fish will be doing the same anyways. And as far as the rite place think walking speed water with some good structure.
Mom with a nice cutty at the 'Mid.

Mom with a nice cutty at the ‘Mid.


And of course that big salty lake in the dessert is always worth a go. Look for those windy gnarly days, you know those days when you look outside and think “no I don’t think I wanna go fish today”. That’s the day you wanna go to Pyramid.

We have had some great days out there this fall and looking forward to great winter!