Guide School 2016 wrap up

Guide School 2016 is over and as we all recover from a long but fantastic week I want to take a quick look back at this year’s experience.  The addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as our instructors allowed me to witness fly fishing instruction at the highest level.  I would put these guys up against anyone and feel confident that they are the best.  Jaime Lyle as always was at the top of the game in fly casting instruction and like every year I picked up a few tips for my own casting and teaching.  Our presenters Megan Murray, Erik Elliott, Taylor Green, and Mike Weir from Cal Trout made the classroom portion interesting and informative. Their passion for what they do was evident.  Channel 4 guys, Alex Marguiles and his cameraman Julian were fun to host and we look forward to seeing their report when it airs.  A big thanks to Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley for guiding these guys and helping out with a variety of other things.  We could not have asked for a better and more talented group of students.  Hossein, Eric, Ryan, Steve, and Rob will all make excellent fly fishing guides and instructors.  It is always great to see friendships develop during the week and the bond of fly fishing keep them together for years to come.  Chuck Ragan as mentioned in an earlier post was a late but fantastic addition to the team as a drift boat guiding instructor. Thanks also to Victor Babbitt the owner of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for all of his hard work.  As I sit here and recap this years school, I can’t help but think how far we have come since our first year.  We are all very proud of what we have built and feel confident that we are facilitating the fly fishing guide school experience better than anyone in the industry and we are not done. Stay tuned for information on next year’s school.  Here are a few photos from Saturday’s drift boat session on the American River.

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Rick McGuire, Guide School Director