Tahoe Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 dates announced!!

Truckee Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018.

We’re excited to announce that we will be holding our 8th annual Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School from April 30th- May 5th, 2018!  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Matt Heron Fly Fishing will be hosting the fly fishing guide school .  Back again this year are top notch instructors: Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Jay Swartley and more.

We will be covering everything from casting, instructing others, risk management, marketing, opportunities locally and beyond, entomology, a day rowing drift boats/rafts, and much more!  Rick McGuire designed this School to teach all methods of guiding, particularly Walk/Wade Guiding.  See our Sample Itinerary for further details at tahoeflyfishing.com.

Added days to our Guide School.

Our guide school will be 6 consecutive days of instruction/education spent mostly on the water. We have added 2 days of shadowing a guide from our school or guide from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.  This is an 8 day Fly Fishing Guide School course with our finishing school being the 2 shadow days later in our guide season.  This years Fly Fishing Guide School is $1600.00.

Please call Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email rob@tahoeflyfishing.com

Fall fishing is truly here now!


Fall fishing is in full swing up here. The crowds have vanished (midweek at least), the water flows are extremely user friendly and our trout are stacking them calories for winter. With talk of real snow by next weekend most people will be calling it for the season and shifting gears into winter mode. We however are not most people! Good fishing is going to continue until water temps really drop and anchor ice forms.

This past week felt a bit more like summer and we had bugs, bugs, and more bugs. With multiple cold fronts approaching it’s more likely to feel like true fall or early winter over the next few weeks here. Good news is those picky trouts won’t have so many options on the menu. One of my favorite things about fishing the off season is that you can normally get by with one fly box as opposed to the backpack full of fly boxes. Grab a hand full of midges and baetis patterns and stick a crayfish or sculpin imitation on your hat and your set! It’s also a great time of year to sleep in a bit. Your not racing anyone to the river in the morning and what little midge activity there is early morning will only intensify a little later on. So pack the puffy down jacket and thermos full of coffee and get your but out on the water! These are the best fall flows we have seen in a few years. Unsure where to fish or what techniques to use? Call the shop and set up a guide trip, hope to see you on the water-Jay

Mid Summer Fishing Update


It’s here those long summer days we dream of all winter. Summer bugs ants, beetles, caddis, pmds, etc. It has been hot up here for a while but with the high cold flows the fish were still behaving like it was early June. Sometime over the last ten days tho(depending on which body of water) the switch was flipped.
Look for fish to be a bit more spread out instead of just fishing the deep buckets with heavy nymph rigs try dry droppers in the soft edges. A stimulator with a soft hackle is always a good starting point. Don’t be afraid to “skitter” those drys either. Temps are about perfect and trout love to chase a big big in distress.

Fishing mid day will start to slow a bit depending on where you are. Think about getting out early or staying late. We always say a head lamp should be involved, either that early or that late! We have been incredibly busy guiding lately but with our large roster of guides we can normally get you out there. Give the shop a call or stop by if you are in the area. See you out there-J

It’s bin a bit hot out!


It has certainly felt more like July than June the last few days up here. With lots of cold bottom release water on the Little Truckee and frosty snow melt on the Big Truckee wet wading hasn’t quite kicked off yet unless you are part polar bear that is. The temps look to drop about ten degrees or so next week and it should be game on!
As far as our rivers go the West Carson is still high and cold but more than fishable. The East is hopefully going to start coming into shape in the next few weeks (I can’t wait!). I have watched flows on the East Walker for months now and i really don’t know when to expect it to drop but I’ll be there when it does. Up here on north shore is still the ticket it seems. Stillwaters are firing rite now and the Big and Little T have tons of bugs. Pmds, drakes, and ants will get a few heads poking. It’s gonna be quite the summer up here with all this water! Get up here and fish!
See you on the water-Jay

Don’t like the weather? Just wait an hour it will change.


It can snow any month of the year up here that’s no surprise if you have lived here a while. The past few days have bin a taste of every season. We should be wearing sandals and shorts in a few days again but today will be a thermos of hot coffe and wading jacket day on the water.

This weekend was cold and windy but that just makes for good big fish chop at sawmill and the rivers still kicked out some nice fish as well. Flows are stabilizing and bugs are getting more active. I have bin spending a lot of time fishing stillwaters this year and will probably continue to do so until we can fish all the normal summer spots and spread out more. I think the East Carson is still a month out and canyon section of the Truckee probably the same. Until then Sawmill Lake and any of the local reservoirs will most likely be were you find me. Don’t let the snow scare you we will be full summer mode by end of the week again. If you are planning a tahoe vacation and want to schedule a guide trip call now we are starting to fill up thru June and early July. See you out there-Jay

Summer begins!


Summer is here guys, we had an amazing holiday weekend up at the lake. Weather was about perfect with crisp clear nights and just warm enough midday to be rocking shorts and sandals. River flows are dropping slowly and some of our favorite stillwaters are icing out.

With the holiday of course came the crowds but the next few weeks should be prime time. Looks like big cool down tomorrow and possibly a little weather but then rite back to summertime. If you have a chance to get up here before the crowds I would take it!
With all the water this year it’s going to be great to get off the beaten path this year and go explore places less fished. We will be expanding out of our standard spots to give you the best experience possible. Call the shop for up to date reports and flows, see you on the water-Jay

Last Chance!


Last chance to sign up for guide 2017 guide school. Winter jobs are winding down, ski resorts are closing up, and summer time is almost here! Do you have a passion for fishing, outdoors, and sharing all of it with people? If you do have you ever thought about becoming a fly fishing guide? Our annual guide school is a great way to get a feel for what it really takes to be a successful fly fishing guide. Ill give you a hint being a great angler is NOT the only trait that makes you a good guide. People skills, teaching skills, organization, punctuality, and of course knowing your waters are a few of the traits of a great guide. Our instructors come from different back rounds so we can give you a better understanding of the different opportunities for guides. From walk wade to drift boats, from local waters to Alaska, and independent to working in a partnership of an outfitter.

One of the greatest parts of being a guide to me is that first fish stoke. Whether its a 10 year old with his first fish ever or its the retired guy who has fished all over but never “on the fly”. To me it just doesn’t get any better. Another perk is of course the fact that we spend all summer rite where we want to be, on the water. With no normal 9-5 schedule and no monotony of showing up at the same office to punch the clock day after day you really can just live in the moment. Not a day goes by that i don’t take a few moments to look around and take it in. If this sounds like you than feel free to call the shop or contact any of us directly for more info. We do have a few spots still open but we will be finalizing our lesson plans next week based on the amount of students.

Runoff is here

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The heat is on! We are looking at alot of warm air this week. With lots of snow still up high that will lead to big runoff. That being said check the flows before you make your plans. Better yet plan on fishing tailwaters or stillwaters. We have a lot of overlooked stillwater fishing in the Tahoe area. Give the shop a call for details, or book a guide trip to fine tune those stillwater techniques.

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!

Early bird gets the worm.  High alpine lakes.  Tahoe-Truckee area

The alarm goes off.  It’s 4:58am.  This morning we are off in search for big trout in our High Alpine lakes. The rod is rigged with a fresh streamer tied from the night before. This morning we are looking for that one eager fish.  The one that is willing to pummel our fly.  This type of fishing is all about the chase!

While stalking the shoreline, climbing up giant granite boulders looking for another deep channel to huck our bugs into.  We notice the serenity the new fall weather is bringing us.  The holidays have past.  It’s quieting down around here. I like it.  And so do the fish.

Taking it all in we pull that fresh streamer off the guide of our fly rod.  Strip some line off and begin flailing and waving in attempt to get some line out.  We get lucky this time.  It doesn’t tangle up in the trees behind us and lands out just where we hoped it would.  As we strip our fly back to us we think about nothing.  All thoughts are focused on this moment alone.  We strip our fly back. Nothing. Go figure.  Throughout the morning we see numerous prudes.  Snobs I like to call them.  Seeing that monster trout swim up from the depths with its eyes locked in on your streamer, only to see him turn around and swim right back down where he came from.  As if his nose is held up high like he is too good for you or your bugs.

But sometimes we get lucky.  You got to look at it like a hunt.  After all we are hunting for that one nice fish.  And when it all comes together it can be very memorable.  We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters are all about making memories.   Good ones.  So come join us in the fun because we would love to show you a good time out on the water.