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!

Fly Fishing the Truckee and Little Truckee Rivers

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This past week has been cold to say the least.  With temps in the teens to single digits, winter is here and the crowds are lacking.  At least on the water.  With the ski season gearing up  for most means the fishing season is quieting down for the seasonal crowd around here.  But that doesn’t mean the fish are taking a break as well.  Just gotta think small for the most part.  The big Truckee looks cold and icy as of yesterday.  But the temps are climbing up a little bit this week as we are kicking that cold snap to the side for a bit.  The warming trend should pick things up a bit this week.  But while the Truckee is iced up like your guides have been all week the Little Truckee remains in great shape.  Since she is a tail water her temps are much more consistent than her bigger brother through out the year.  Small is the name of the game right now.  Think softer water and stay persistent.  Just remember, you can’t catch them sitting on the couch.

Fly Fishing in the snow. Little Truckee Fishing report

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Is the weather finally here?  Is El nino really going to pull us out of this drought?  Is Mother Nature gonna quit being such a prude? Well, we sure hope so!  The fall air has been nice and crisp lately.  It seems we have finally kicked the warm weather to the way side for a bit.  In the morning have seen the lower 30s and we may even see some mid to high 20s this week in the wee hour before as the sun tries to come up for those spectacular sunrises.  As mountain folk we embrace this cold weather in hopes that it will freeze the ground, so that odd white stuff that has been so rare lately will maybe stick around this year.  We would like to see that weird stuff hang around all summer.  It used to do that.

Yesterdays white filled skies were a welcome sight to say the least.  The parking lot had quite a few cars for the snowy morning.  The fish are in!  But boy are they selective.  They too are over joyed with the new change of seasons.  Small bugs are the main part of their menu.  Tiny little sail boats were very sporadic yesterday.  We didn’t get that blanket hatch that we had hoped for.  There were a few looking up.  But not as many as one would like.  I can only guess the next few weeks will be memorable.  Those nice over cast days should really fire.  But for us any day out on the water is a memorable one.  Much better than a day spent on the couch!

Fall colors

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Its a great time to come and enjoy the fall colors up here (not just on the trees). With our great weather, and cooling water temps we are looking at some of the best fishing of the year. Most area waters are fishing well, some better than others tho! Stop by the shop for the latest update, or better yet book a trip to learn the nuances fall fishing.

The canyon is alive and well. Truckee River Fly Fishing.

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This morning the air is crisp.  The canyon still has some shade in it.  But up along the steep canyon banks of the Truckee River the sun is a blazing and the hoppers are still jumping about.  This week feels like summer is trying to peek her head out for one last hoo raw.  The water has a nice bite to it, we are still wearing our shorts because we are not ready to put those crusty waders back on. ( I found out how leaky they are this past week at pyramid, yuck).  The fish are eating well and appear to have made it through the summer in great shape.  Well, at least the ones down here below the mouth of Boca through out the deep canyon.  We are best to avoid the drought ridden upper sections.  It is quite sad in the town of Tahoe City these days along the Truckee River.  And even worse one might say down in the desert of Nevada where those beastly fish once roamed.  Hopefully mother nature is kind to us and our fishy friends this winter.  But for now a small section of the river is still in great shape and fish able in a good way.  You just have to know where to look.

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Far off and into the desert. Pyramid Lake, NV

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This past weekend was well spent with good friends from areas all over the states of CA and NV, some old and some new.  It was a pleasure as always.  We had good times in the wet and nasty weather as well as the calm bluebird weather pyramid is not known for.  I learned a bit on the vice from a very talented young buck, Austin Lindsay Jr.  This kid has the drive you see in a cougar stalking a deer.  So cool to see.  The passion is there in a mean way.  It makes you want to step it up a notch just to stay ahead.  But its also a real pleasure to see the younger generation engaged so deep into a sport we all love.  If your reading this I would assume you have the drive us fly nerds, geeks, enthusiasts, junkies and die hards all keep pulsing through our blood.  The passion is so thick, it’s not just a sport anymore.  Its a lifestyle.

This weekend was one of those for the memory books.  Not only was the fishing great, but the time spent with old and new friends was more than memorable.  The shore fishing is tough out there now. But if you can get out in a tube, kayak, boat, etc the bite can be one to remember. Strip that chub pattern like you mean it! Pyramid Lake, I love you.

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Fly Fishing tail waters in the Sierras

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This week we went off and explored some temperamental tail waters.  Not all tail waters are so inconsistent.  But in a huge drought year everything can be all over the place as far as flows.  We have the Little Truckee river for instance being a tail water that is a bit more consistent, than say the East Walker the past few years.  All these streams or rivers rely on flows being released from lakes via dams.  Being that we have been in a bit of a drought the last few years we have had very little water to let loose on these streams.   Some of these water sheds are managed a bit differently than others, in return they fish differently as well.

Yesterday we were able to go and check out some tail waters that were way too low this season for fishing at all.  With that being said a few of them have been rippin the past few weeks.  Water is being sold down stream and the fish are loving it!  The cool thing about some of these sections is the numerous types of trout that hold in them.  If persistent one could snag a hat trick on a single river.  That’s right…rainbow, brown and even a brook trout.  With that being said, these tail waters turn off at the drop of a hat.  So do some research before making that drive.  Or better yet, pop on in the shop  to bs or spend a portion of your day with one of our guides.