Our Fly Fishing Guides

Victor Babbitt

victor@tahoeflyfishing.com

Victor purchased his first fly rod at age 7 but unfortunately never had a mentor to teach him how to use it! He did catch a few catfish with it at the Colorado River though! Victor really got into the sport when he moved to Tahoe back in the 80’s and found an old fiberglass rod in the shed of the first house he lived in. A little mentoring from an old shop owner named Wayne Wilkins and the rest is history! Twenty some years later, he still loves the Sierra Nevada Mountains! “The fishing is wonderful and the outdoors cannot be beat.” Living in South Lake Tahoe has been an adventure for Victor and central to many a good fishin’ hole. After spending the past fifteen years behind the counter of a fly shop and a few years prior to that behind a bar, he has heard most all the lies he can imagine and a few secrets about fly fishing as well!

There are five watersheds within a few hours drive and he has spent his fair share of time on all of them. The Carson Rivers and the Walker Rivers are his backyard fisheries and it is where he sends most of his clients. His favorite place to guide is on the East Walker River during the winter/spring! So if you have a question about these rivers or if you are in need of a direction to be sent, now is the time to ask him, and you just might learn a secret or two. If there is one thing he enjoys, it’s talking about fishing!

Jay Swartley

Growing up in a "fishing family" Jay was exposed to the sport at an early age. His family owned a small piece of land on the Upper Delaware River where multiple generations honed their skills and passed down their knowledge. Spending lots of long summer days on the river gave him an eye for the water at very young age. "My father used to set me up with a rod and just cut me loose  while he tended to chores on the property.  Like most dads, he would give me a spin rod and put me into a slow deep pool, but I would normally end up fishing the run into the pool. He has told me I was indicator fishing with bobber before we knew what indicator fishing was."

Like most teenagers Jay took a good hiatus off of fishing and became more involved in other activities, but always had the passion for the outdoors. Surfing, skiing, hiking, climbing, and just about anything else outdoors. It was the purchase of kayaks that sealed the deal on the return of the fishing bug. "When my sister moved to Vermont I took a trip out there with my parents and we had one of those days on the river that just don't happen that much. It had been a long time since I had a fly rod in my hand, but it just felt rite. I didn't know it at the time but a few months later I would quit my real job and move back to the Sierras to be a trout/ski bum. It was the best decision I ever made" says Jay.

Once he moved back to the mountains fishing became a high priority. Exploring as much new water as possible became an obsession. Everything from high mountain creeks to dessert still waters. "The exploration was a big part of it for me, the Sierras just have so much to offer. As an angler you can never get bored here". Besides the exploration, sharing knowledge of the sport with others was something that came natural to Jay. After some encouragement from friends and family becoming a guide just made sense.

With a true passion for fishing and the outdoors in general a trip with Jay is sure to be a good day. "I like to say there are easy days and hard days here on our waters, but there are no bad days!" From experienced anglers looking to learn new water or perfect techniques to the absolute first timer Jay will work hard to cater the trip to your needs. After all it is your day out there!

Dan Ring

Dan Ring grew up on a lake in southern Minnesota. He spent much of his time catching anything from sunnies to snakes. In 1993 he moved with his family to San Diego, CA. Feeling like a gig of of water in a big city; He began backpacking and exploring the Sierra Nevada mountains from the eastern slope of Mount Whitney to Lake Tahoe. In 2002 he came to South Lake Tahoe to purse wilderness studies courses at Lake Tahoe Community College. He came across an old fly rod and with a little help from his friends began fly fishing. Over the years he became very familiar with the local waters and entomology. In 2011 he became a guide and instructor at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. Dan has found his passion in teaching and guiding people to his favorite places around the Lake Tahoe Basin.

 

 

Tyler Penn

Having been born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, fishing and hunting are as common to the people there as the rain is. Tyler had a spin cast pole in his hand the day he learned to walk. Since then he has spent countless hours on the ocean, rivers, lakes, and streams from coast to coast chasing anything that is catchable. Much of his childhood growing up was also spent in Alaska where his grandparents lived. That's where fly fishing came into his sights. Since then the sport became not only something fun to do every once in a while but rather an obsession. "Fly fishing is the thing I love to do most with my time and I love to share that with the people around me and the clients I take out on the water. I've been lucky enough to have grown up in a family rich in the passion for the outdoors and water and I think that shows when people meet me and fish with me."

 

Tyler moved to Lake Tahoe in 2010 to chase the snow and trout and he hasn't stopped doing that since. Now he calls Truckee home and the fish around there his neighbors. Spend some time on the water with Tyler and meet his neighborhood friends and you too will see why he loves the sport so much.

Scott Amoroso

Scotty grew up fishing in the east bay area for bass, bluegill, catfish and trout at around 8 years old. He was gifted a fly rod set up at around 11 years old and would take it to the rivers in the foothills any chance he got. The first time his elk hair caddis hit the water on the Stanislaus River he had a small rainbow trout come and grab it and he was hooked on fly fishing.

Scotty moved to South Lake Tahoe at the age of 18 to snowboard and attend the local junior college. The first week he was here he was in Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters buying new reels and gaining knowledge on all the amazing water to explore around Tahoe. Scotty's love for snowboarding and fly fishing run deep. He spends most of his winters riding his snowboard as much as possible. Exploring new terrain and pushing the limit of his riding.

The same is for fly fishing. He enjoys getting out to new waters and exploring what unfamiliar zones have to offer. Over the last few years he has pushed his fly fishing abilities to the next level. Purchasing a drift boat and exploring all the coastal rivers and teaching himself how to Spey cast for large sea-run fish. Scotty fishes year-round in California. The best days for him are spent floating down a river with a couple of friends searching for fish. He loves taking people out and teaching them how to enjoy the outdoors while learning new techniques about fly fishing.

 

Brian Purdy

Doug Teakell

Doug was born and raised in northern California, spending most summers on the family cattle ranch in the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Weekends were spent in the Sierras, where the family pastimes were deer hunting and trout fishing. Under his father’s guidance, Doug became a well-rounded outdoorsman. Doug left the mountains and went to sea for 25 years as a Captain, but yearned to return to the Sierra Nevada, which he considered home. While running private yachts in the Bahamas and Caribbean, he honed his fly fishing skills chasing bonefish. On his way back to Tahoe, Doug attended the Clearwater House Guide School in 2001, and renewed his passion for mountain trout. In addition to guiding for Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, Doug captains Harrah’s motor yacht, the Tahoe Star, on Lake Tahoe.

Doug has lived his life in paradise – whether it’s on the sparkling turquoise waters in the tropics, or in the High Sierra and the deep blue Lake Tahoe. Doug is a natural guide – whether he’s describing the sights and history of the area, or pointing to fish in a river and the wildlife around it. You’re sure to pick up his enthusiasm on the river, and hear a tale or two on your way there.

Rob Baldwin

Originally from Southwestern Virginia, the Appalachian Mountains provided inspiration and destination for a young curious mind.  Days were spent outside; hunting, fishing, and golfing with his parents and grandparents.  He attended the University of Tennessee before becoming a golf professional in Virginia. There he developed a love for teaching and watching others succeed. After a vacation trip to South Lake Tahoe in 2009, he decided to make a move.  The snow and rivers were too much appeal to resist, and have been on his mind ever since he has called Tahoe home.

 

 

Steve Johnson

Mikey Wier

Mikey Wier started fly-fishing at age 7, and the sport has been a big part of his life ever since. Mikey was born in New Zealand, and moved to the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains at age 2. He spent much of his childhood chasing around bass and trout in the Hwy 88 region. Mikey joined the Delta fly fishers at age 9 and began tying flies. He further developed his skills over the years and now prides himself on trying to fish with only flies that he has tied. Mikey moved to Lake Tahoe 10 years ago and has been snowboarding in the winters and working in the fly fishing industry in the summers, for the past 10 years. He started out as a shop employee with the Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and has been a full time guide in the Tahoe area for the past 8 seasons. Mikey most frequently guides the Carson Rivers, Pleasant Valley, the Walker Rivers, The Truckee and Little Truckee, and the high country lakes.

In addition to guiding, Mikey also started and runs Burl Productions. They do FISH EYE Fly Fishing Video Magazine and have worked on several other projects such as The Trout Bum Diaries and SOULFISH. Burl Productions is the first fishing oriented production company to bring non-instructional, hard core fishing entertainment based videos to the market. Burl Productions still prides itself on producing the most exciting videos available today. Mikey also keeps a blog chatting about all his latest filming and fishing adventures. Make sure to check it out.

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