Summer is Heating Up in Tahoe and so are Water Temperatures

Summer in Tahoe means fishing time! The weather has been great for the summer as it usually is, and with a bunch of sunshine in the forecast we are still enjoying the great outdoors. We are also seeing highs in the 90 range which isn’t anything out of normal, but that combined with a low snow pack has our waters warming up throughout the day. We always recommend carrying a stream thermometer for bug activity but we also advise everyone to take temps as you are fishing to best protect our wild trout population. If you see reading of 65 degrees or higher then it is time to call it a day. Some rivers have been more susceptible to water temp changes like the Truckee and East Walker so take a bit more caution. Fish early in the morning and get off the water by noon to help avoid any issues with fish mortality.

Not all of our rivers have been impacted by the warm temps as others. The West Walker, East Carson and West Carson Rivers have help good temps longer than others. They can still get a little warm so bring the thermometer and check if you don’t know.

Our bigger lakes like Caples Lake, Echo Lakes, and Spooner Lake have still been fishing well. The fish seem to be moving down to cooler water during the day but can still be caught from shore early in the morning and late in the evening. Float tubes or small water crafts are your best bet if you want to be most affective on any of our lakes. Good time of year to take a hike into desolation and enjoy a little solitude.

We have seen good PMD and Caddis hatches about everyday on all of our waters. Golden stones are starting to move around and fish have noticed. Midges are an everyday occurrence as always in the Sierras. Make sure you have plenty of selection for flies as the hatches have been thinning and the fish tend to key in a bit more on one food source.

We have seen more fish moving into fast water so tightening or Euro nymphing has been an effective way to get your flies down to the fish, but don’t neglect the hopper/dropper setup either. We have seen some fish moving for hoppers as well as eating the nymph.

Stop by the shop and pick our brains if you are planning on fishing soon! We will be glad to show you our favorite flies and talk about opportunities in our area.

Tahoe Truckee Area Guide School 2020 Quickly Approaching

Our Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School is coming up quickly, June 22nd-27th, with just over a week until we kick off the week. We have a great group of instructors, students, and our water looks great! We also have a couple spots that opened up recently. Want to come join us?

Do you enjoy spending your time outdoors? Sharing your passion and knowledge with others? Considered becoming a full fly fishing guide, a summer job opportunity, or just want to volunteer in the future? At whatever level of involvement, why not be prepared? Did we mention our school is fun!

Our school covers fishing techniques and strategies, conservation, casting, etiquette, entomology, and much more. Your job as a guide is to share your knowledge and love of the sport. We want to help prepare you for that journey!

If you have any questions then give us a call at the shop during business hours at (530)541-8208 or email us at

What is Fly Fishing Guide School?

Maybe you know someone who’s a guide or maybe you don’t. There are plenty of those who have been around fly fishing long enough to see a guided trip in progress, meet someone who is a guide, been on a guided trip before, or maybe you haven’t. Do you know what goes into a guided fly fishing trip?

Our week long guide school answers those questions. We help you expedite the process by teaching our students what goes into a properly ran guide trip. We cover casting technique, rigging/knots, entomology, customer service, marketing, risk management and much more.

The instructors include Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Matt Heron, and more! If you know these guys, you know they have spent many days on the water. These are top professionals sharing their wealth of knowledge and experiences. Come join us May 11th-16th and share the excitement for the sport we love!

Call us at the shop during business hours at (530)541-8208 or Rob at (276)525-5631. You can also email us at info@tahoeflyfishing.

Reasons to Attend the 2020 Tahoe/Truckee Area Guide School

There are the obvious reasons for attending our guide school. Maybe you want to start guiding in California, Nevada, Alaska, etc. immediately. Maybe you would like an excuse to get on the water and have the option to guide one day. You may see yourself helping veterans with disabilities, children less fortunate, or other great organizations one day. Whether you have fished for more years than you would like to admit, or you are relatively new to the sport, it the passion to share it with others is what brings us together. Our guide school provides a week of instruction, marketing, education, and camaraderie. The friendships you develop over the week with the instructors and fellow students are those that can last a lifetime.

We are less than 3 months until our 10th consecutive annual fly fishing guide school with a host of great local instructors. We are excited to meet another great group anglers, and hope you can join us this spring! May 11-16th. Call the shop at (530)541-8208 or Rob at (276)525-5631 for any questions or to reserve your spot today!

Announcing the 10th Annual Tahoe/Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2020

We at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters are proud to announce our 10th annual 2020 Tahoe area fly fishing guide school along with Matt Heron Fly Fishing! It will be May 11-16 this year.  That is 6 consecutive days with 2 additional shadow days of your scheduling.  We had an awesome turnout last year and are looking forward to another one.

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. 

Added Days to Guide School

Our guide school will be 6 consecutive days of instruction/education spent mostly on the water. We have added 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.

We have a patient staff coming back again this year that includes: Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Chuck Regan, myself, and more. 

Please call for further information:

Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email

Victor Babbitt at (530)545-0193 or email

Contact us with any questions or if you would like to reserve your spot 

Spring has sprung in Lake Tahoe

A quick look at the 10 day forecast for the Lake Tahoe and Truckee Area have all the staff excited here at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters. It looks like the weather is going to be nice with the exception of this weekend and its time to hit the rivers and lakes, at least those that aren’t still frozen.

One beautiful thing about spring is big bugs show up and how don’t have to fish size a tandem nymph rig 18 and smaller to hook a fish. Skawlas are out and the fish always take note of such a large meal, not that you shouldn’t still be fishing a smaller BWO or midge pattern behind it or off a tag. Don’t be afraid to go big on your stones.

The flows are high as we have had a great winter with plenty of precipitation, but we still have opportunities to hit the water. The Truckee River is 2000+ CFS and even higher below Boca Inlet. The East Walker is a steady 300 CFS. High water can scare some away from fishing or frustrate those that do try their hand at it. This is the perfect time to give us a call at the shop so we can set up with one of our guides that understands how to fish high flows and where the fish should be holding.

2019 Tahoe Truckee Area Guide School Is Full But….

Tahoe has had plenty of snow this winter and its no secret that will keep our rivers healthy and cold throughout the summer has everyone excited for the upcoming fishing season. And we at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters are no exception.

We have a talented, patient, and knowledgeable crew of guides again this year with Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Steve Johnson, Chuck Regan, and myself. And a great group of sponsors like Simms, Sage, Rio, Scientific Anglers, and Fishpond.

We have been very excited to have filled all of our available spots but we don’t want you to feel left out in the cold. We will be hosting this school again next spring and we can add your name to our caller list for 2020. Also, things happen and sometimes we have a spot become available. If you would like to get on the waiting list then please give us a call or email us.

Contact Info:

Rob Baldwin (276)525-5631 or

Victor Babbitt (530)541-8208 or

Tahoe Truckee Area Fly Fishing Guide School 2018

Spring is right around the corner and so is our Tahoe Fly Fishing Guide school!  Do you enjoy teaching fly fishing to others, being outside, and sharing your knowledge?  Then now is your opportunity to learn from some of the best fly fishing guides in the area. In addition to some of our guides at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters, we are excited to have Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors again this year.

Our guide school consist of 8 days total. 6 days almost exclusively on the water, and  2 additional days watching and helping a guide in action. With that time we teach you how to teach others, brush up on techniques, answer questions, and have a bunch of fun. With a half day of marketing yourself/business, opportunities outside of Tahoe, and some great speakers to follow up.  The last day of the school will be spent on drift boats and you on the oars!

Dates this year are from April 30- May 5.  Call or email now to reserve your spot. Don’t miss out or put it off until next year!  Come join us and learn from some of the best guides in the Tahoe area!

We still have a few openings if you are interested!


Rob Baldwin at (276)525-5631 or email at

Or Victor Babbitt at (530)541-8208 and or email at

Tahoe Area Winter Fly Fishing Report 2018


Tahoe Fly Fishing winter fishing report:

By Rob Baldwin of Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

The Fly Fishing Report for the Tahoe Region this winter has been quite different from last year at this point.  The rivers aren’t sacked in with snow. Frigid temperatures aren’t turning the fish into ice blocks, and snow hasn’t affected parking access to the rivers. Trying to get a trout to eat feathers on a hook has been a nice alternative to the crowded limited runs at the local ski resorts.  We hope that we get some snow pack soon to keep the water temps down and rivers full this summer.

Simply put, some days have been more productive than others.  As expected, this winter, the spring type days have the fish and bugs more willing to cooperate. Check water temps and fish the warmest part of the day.

The Truckee river has had some unsteady flows with the rain/snow and releasing of reservoirs, but has fished well on most days.  Watch the flows on the East Carson as well but it has been more consistent than others, and the fishing has been better than I remember in previous years. Do be careful when wading around the frozen edges on the Carson. The East Walker has been fishing better than previous years with flows a little  higher there is more holding water for the fish, and we’ve seen a resurgence of a 10-12″ class of rainbows and browns. Overall we have seen BWO’s, midges, and some streamer patterns bring productivity.

Typical of winter time, the fish have moved into slower water with the cold water bringing them plenty of oxygen.  I’ve found that tightline nymphing with a stealthy approach has helped register subtle takes but the indicator rig is always a go to when the fish are in the deeper pools more than a rod length away.  Don’t forget to pinch the barbs and keep em wet for the future of our fisheries.

Contact us at (530)541-8208 to book a guide and learn more about winter time techniques for trout in the Sierras of California and Nevada.

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

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