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

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

Happy Easter!

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Happy Easter all, I hope you had a great day. I have had the pleasure of being on the water most days this week and man is it great! We have a nice BWO hatch in the afternoons, and indo fishing with small baetis and midge patterns in the morning will do some damage as well.
The Truckee rarely gives up fish easy, but the next 6 weeks or so (river flow/weather permitting) should be some of the best fishing of the year. Come on up and lets get after it before the crowds of summer are here!

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

First day of spring!

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It’s officially spring folks and that means we have bugs on the menu and more bugs to come. In case you don’t know that’s a good thing! Fish like bugs and we of course like fish. Rite now we are seeing skwallas and bwo’s on the Truckee and the fishing has bin good. Next up will be March Browns and Pmds.
It’s a great time of year to come up and really take advantage of all that Tahoe has to offer. Logan here came up and skied a few days, then went out with us and stuck his first fish on the fly. Come on up and ski the fresh snow this week then let’s go fish!

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