Tahoe Area Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Fly Fishing Report August 2019

Summer has finally begun and is in full force. The weather is getting warmer and flows are coming down on all of the rivers. With the warm weather and lower flows comes warmer water temperatures so be sure to look for faster water in the lower rivers and watch the temps as the mornings progress. We are focusing on the morning and evenings and leaving many of the rivers alone during the hotter part of the day.

The East Carson flows have finally come down and the water is a good color. Most of the river is fishing well right now. Stonefly, caddis, and general attractor nymphs have been productive and streamers can still work in the deep pools. Look for dry fly action with hoppers and caddis later in the day.

The West Carson flows are quickly dropping so the deep pockets and holes are the most productive. Dry droppers have been working as well, so has single dry flies during the early morning and late evening hours. Stimulators, caddis and hoppers are all good dry fly patterns to try right now.

We haven’t been fishing the East or West Walker much just yet. It is still pretty hot on the East Walker and flows are holding around 330cfs. This is a great river and one of our favorites for the fall once the temps and flows come down a bit.

The Truckee continues to fish well this summer but the focus needs to be on the early morning and evening hours. With the recent warm weather we’ve been having, the water temps are getting high during the middle part of the day. During the dog days of summer we strive to avoid fishing during the middle part of the day to help relieve pressure on the fish. Nymphing has been the most productive in the deeper pools with caddis, midges, small mayfly and stonefly patterns being successful. Dry droppers can be productive in the shallower runs, especially later in the day. Make sure you have a good variety of bugs as the hatches can be a little different every day.

The Little Truckee has been at a good flow but has been getting heavy fishing pressure this summer. In these situations it’s a good reminder about fishing etiquette. Always ask which way someone is working if you plan on stepping in above or below another angler. Kindness goes a lot further than the alternative attitude. If you decide to fish up there please be respectful to other anglers! We are all out there to enjoy the fishing and nothing can ruin a day faster than an argument over fishing etiquette. Caddis, a variety of mayflies, and midges are on the menu as usual. Once again go armed with plenty of bugs in the box!

Upcoming Travel and Classes

Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip – We are excited to be working with Turneffe Flats Lodge in Belize and will be hosting a saltwater fly fishing trip there March 7-14, 2020. Turneffe Flats is a world-class fishing, diving and eco-tourism resort that offers great vacation options for the serious angler or non-angler. If you’ve ever wondered about saltwater water fly fishing, are an experienced angle, or just want to spend some time on the beach come join us for the amazing trip. If you’ve never hooked a bonefish, permit or tarpon on a fly there is no other fishing experience that comes close. Give us a call or visit our saltwater trips page for more details on pricing and availability.

All-Day Introduction to Fly Fishing – We have all day introduction to fly fishing classes coming up on August 24th. This is a great way to learn fly fishing in a relaxed environment. If you are interested in learning more about fly fishing this is a great way to start and is a good intro to have before hiring a guide for the day.

Guide School – Ever considered guiding as a profession, or just want to learn more about fly fishing and how to teach it to others? Our next guide school is scheduled for May 11-17, 2020 and we are starting to take reservations. This is a great class that is focused on learning more about teaching fly fishing to others, as well as becoming better anglers. Each year our school gets larger so don’t wait too long to reserve your spot.

Belize Saltwater Fly Fishing Trip

Come join Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters at Turneffe Flats Resort, Belize. We will be hosting a trip March 7-14, 2020 and still have availability for this amazing trip. Turneffe Flats offers some of the best fly fishing for permit, tarpon and bonefish so come join us for a chance at a saltwater grand slam on a fly. The resort also offers other recreational excursions, including diving, snorkeling, eco-tours as well as just relaxing on the beach for any non-anglers who would like to join. Contact myself or Victor Babbitt for more details at (530) 541-8208.

Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 in the Truckee/Tahoe area!

Fly Fishing Guide School 2018 in the Truckee/Tahoe area!

Quick update, two weeks out and we still have a few openings for Guide School 2018.  If you have an interest in becoming a fly fishing guide here in the greater Truckee/Tahoe area, Alaska, the West etc. and or working for an outfitter, shop or guide group I do not know of any that do not require some type of guides school to have been accomplished.  There is the ability to start off as an independent guide but is always tough getting permits and or clients while competing against someone that has been to a guides school.  It is not a requirement to attain a guides license but helpful getting a start in the industry.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters for one will not hire a guide until they have taken a guides school here in the Tahoe area or at one of many across our country.  We are not the only Outfitter that runs a Guides school but we are the only guides school as complete and affordable in the West.  We concentrate on teaching Walk/Wade guiding and our school includes two additional days of shadowing one of our guides on an actual guided trip.  Give us a call if you have an interest or questions, we would be glad to have you!

Victor Babbitt

Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

530-541-8208

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

Guide School 2016 dates announced!

We are extremely excited to have set the dates for our 6th annual Guide School.  School this year will be May 1st to May 6th.  You then add 2 shadow days with any of our instructors or Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guides to complete your 8 day experience.  The price this year is $1600.  We are excited to have back Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Jay Swartley, and Chuck Ragan as our instructors.  You cannot match a line up like this in any fly fishing guide school in the country.  Water will certainly not be an issue this year as all of you know we are experiencing a historic winter this year.  Healthy for our fisheries and the people who fish them.  We have had a tremendous amount of interest this year so if you are considering joining us this year call Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and put down a deposit to hold down your spot.  If you have any questions about the school or just want to talk fishing feel free to give me a call.  Stay tuned for additional posts as the dates approach.

Rick McGuire-  Guide School Director, Instructor TFFO, rickemcguire@yahoo.com, 530-318-5694

Last year’s crew, final day on the American.  End of a great week with a fantastic group of guys!

 

Owyhee River adventure

I have been out of town and basically “off the grid” for the last two weeks.  Last week was football camp at the University of Idaho which is probably pretty uninteresting to anyone reading this blog post but it is the week before that which should get your attention.  That week I made my way up to the Owyhee River in Southeastern Oregon on a solo trip for 5 days.  It had been on my list for the last couple of years and I had read a bit about it.  So I hooked up the trailer and headed out for a trip that I thought was going to be about 7 hours tops to get there and due to some poor research it wound up being more like 9.  Not an easy place to get too, but once there I figured out the lay of the land and found a simple campsite at the dam for $5 a night.  This included a flat grassy area to put the trailer, big cottonwoods for shade, an outhouse, and a spigot for water.  All this 50 yards from the water. Nirvana!  There were more fisherman than I thought since Boise is about an hour and half away.  I was able to find good water to myself for the entire time I was there as I worked a 2 to 3 mile stretch from the dam to below the campground. There is so much more river to explore. Fishing was spectacular!  Lots of fish 18 inches and bigger.  I caught them slack line and straight line nymphing without any weight.  Leave the indicators at home.  On the surface, since there was a decent PMD hatch every afternoon, and finally on streamers.  I have included a few photos but taking pictures of the fish you caught by yourself with your smart phone is never easy and I am sure quite comical to watch.  I was amazed by the both the quality and quantity of the fish. Mostly browns with a few rainbows mixed in.  This is definitely not an easy place to get too and my advice is to top off your gas tank at every gas station since this is a pretty remote area.  I almost paid a price for not adhering to that rule.  There are no hotels or restaurants in the area so if you are not going to camp you would be traveling about 3 hours every day to and from the river.   It was great being off the grid for three days.  It is about 40 miles round trip to get any cell service.  I was also warned about the amount of rattle snakes in the area but I never saw any.  It was an awesome trip that I will definitely do again and if you like adventure with your fishing so should you.

Just a reminder, I will be running the first of my summer full day Intensive Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this Saturday 6/25.  Contact me or the shop if you are interested or have any questions.  Let me get you started or help you with any issues you might be having.  Local waters are fishing very well and that will continue throughout the summer.

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Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com

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Lake Tahoe Community College Workshop

I had the pleasure of doing my first LTCC fly fishing class in a couple of years this past Sunday. What a great time I had with the 4 students who had signed up for the class.  We spent the entire day learning and practicing a variety of skills to help them get on the water, catch some fish, and have some fun. We started at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters where we talked about equipment, then to Paradise Park in Meyers to work on casting skills, and ended the day on the West Carson River.  I was impressed with their determination and work efforts with their casting, line management, and mending skills.  All of them showed great improvement by the end of the day.  I fully enjoyed their company throughout the day as I got to know them all personally.  That to me is the payoff at the end of a long day.  Connecting with others through an activity like fly fishing is what makes outdoor activities special and meaningful.  I will be doing 3 other full day Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops this summer.  They take place on 6/25, 7/16, and 8/6.  Contact myself or the shop to sign up or get more information. Class size is limited to 6 people, so sign up and allow me to connect with you.  Also, stay tuned as we are working to make these Introduction to Fly Fishing Workshops even better this summer by adding a few things.  I will keep everyone updated to those additions when we finalize them.

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Rick McGuire, TFFO Instructor, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Drift boat guiding instructor Chuck Ragan

We had the privilege at this years guide school to have Chuck Ragan as one of our drift boat guiding instructors.  Great teacher, fly fisherman, and guy.  He was a perfect addition to the staff. Yes, and he is also a pretty good musician as I found out after watching several of his videos on youtube.  Really liked his Hot Water Music stuff.  So did my wife.  Anyway I had the privilege of working along side of him and Jordan Romney on the American River on Saturday and I got to see him in his element.  Chuck does his guiding on the rivers and lakes of the Sacramento Valley and does a lot of guide work for the non-profit organization Cast Hope.  He will be a permanent addition to our guide school staff.  Another great bat in the line up.  You can check out his full bio on our website.

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Rick McGuire, Guide School Director

7 days and 3 spots

Guide school 2016 is one week away and the excitement is mounting.  We have 3 spots still available and if you are considering enrolling, now is the time to do it.  Join us for a weeks worth of unequaled instruction, great experience, camaraderie, and I am sure quite a few laughs.  Check us out on the Simms Fly Fishing website blog The Wading Room.   Call if you have any questions. Dates for this year’s school are 5/9 to 5/14.

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Rick McGuire- Guide School Director, 530-318-5694, rickemcguire@yahoo.com