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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- 3 days in the books, 4 to go

Guide School 2016 is nearing its halfway point and what a fantastic week it has been so far.  First of all we have been blessed to have 5 very talented fly fishermen as students this year.  They are all sticks and great guys to boot.  Secondly, the addition of Matt Heron and Jordan Romney as instructors has exceeded my expectations and they were high to start. Casting with Jaime Lyle on Monday, multiple presentations by some great speakers on Tuesday including Mike Weir from Cal Trout, and the groups first day on the Truckee River this morning.  Great instruction, beautiful weather, good water conditions, and fantastic camaraderie have made this year one of the best for us.  I look forward to seeing how the rest of the week goes and I am sure it will be as good or better than the first half.  Channel 4 KRNV TV from Reno came out and did a story on us today and it will air on their Exploring Our Backyard series.  Reporter Alex Margulies and his cameraman Julian spent the better part of the day with the group.  Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters guide Jay Swartley taught Alex few of the basics and even guided him a portion of the day.  I had to be interviewed and although I knew it was coming and coverage like this for our school is something I have always wanted, I was still completely uncomfortable.  Anyway,  I am extremely proud of what we are doing and look forward to not only the next four days but continuing to grow into the best fly fishing guide school in the country

 

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Rick McGuire, Guide School Director

 

Lake Tahoe Community College workshop

Check this out.  I will be teaching this class for LTCC again..  It is designed for anyone who is interested in getting into fly fishing or someone who is in need of a tune up.  Contact information is on the flyer. Hope to see you there.

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Rick McGuire, Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters

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

 

 

26 days and counting

Guide School 2016 is 26 days away and we are getting all things in order on our end.  This year is even a bit more exciting than the last four since we are on the tail end of a slightly above average winter and we have water in our rivers and streams.  This is getting not only the guide school staff fired up for this season but the local fishing community as well.  I personally will never take it for granted again and I will enjoy every day on the water as the special experience it should be.  We have a few spots left for this year’s school and we are optimistic that we are going to be full.  We will be out marketing in full force this last month.  So if you have ever considered doing the guide school thing at some point in your life, why not now when conditions could not be better? Feel free to contact me with any questions.

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

Top Ten reasons to go to Guide School 2016

The Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School crew is extremely proud and excited about this year’s school. In the past we always felt that we were as good if not better than any other fly fishing guide school out there.  With the additions and changes we have implemented this year, we absolutely feel that we are the best experience out there for the person who wants to become a fly fishing guide.  If you have followed any of my posts for the past 6 months, this list is just a summary of what I have shared in the past.  So here we go.  The top ten reasons you should go to guide school this year.

  1. This will be our sixth year and we have not had to shut down operations in any year due to lack of enrollment.  This experience and consistency leads to a high quality product.
  2. The instructors.  Matt Heron, Jordan Romney, Jaime Lyle.  Can’t get better than this.
  3. Sponsorship and endorsement from Simms.  They just don’t give this away.  We earned it.
  4. All our other sponsors including Umqua, Sage, and Rio.  They are extremely generous with products to our students.
  5. Our marketing presentation.  We bring in an outside presenter who has developed a presentation specific to the fly fishing industry.  Michelle can teach anyone how to use social media for their business interests.
  6. Having the opportunity to learn how to guide and fish the iconic Truckee River with the most knowledgeable Truckee River guides out there.
  7. Getting to hear Mike Weir from Cal Trout speak on their mission and the sustainability of our fisheries and the role of the guide in that process.  Mike has made quite a name for himself in the fly fishing industry as a fisherman, film maker, and environmentalist.  We are proud to have had him as an instructor and presenter since the beginning.
  8. Learning the art of still water guiding on Sawmill Lake at Northstar California ski resort.  An incredible private fishery.
  9. WE HAVE WATER THIS SEASON!
  10. Because you have always wanted to and this is the year to pull the trigger. 

The list could go on.  Sign up today or give us a call.  We have a limited amount of spots left.

Be one of these guys this year!

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

Stillwater addition to Guide School 2016

We are excited to be adding a still water guiding session to our Guide School this year.  All of our instructors felt strongly about adding this component to our curriculum this year.  Having dealt with such a severe drought over the last four years, guiding lakes has been one of the only consistent fishing resources during that time.  So for those guides who decide not to go that route, realize you are eliminating great opportunities to get clients on fish.  Our goal is to make our students the most complete fly fishing guides possible.   We will be holding this workshop at Sawmill Lake at Northstar California ski area. It is one of our private waters and a great place to fish and learn. With spring here, fishing is or should be on the minds of every fly-fisher out there. As always contact me with any questions or check the website at Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters.  I would love to talk with you.

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

My thoughts on becoming a guide

With Guide School 2016 a little over 2 months away, I was thinking about those out there who are still considering and dreaming about becoming a fly fishing guide but still have not made the commitment to do so.  It is one of those mental pages in our heads that we take to bed every night and in our thoughts before sleep.  I have been there in my life at least a dozen times.  I know what it is like to be caught up in that internal conflict and sometimes agonize a bit about making the full commitment to what I actually wanted to do.  I can say with absolute certainty that when I made the commitment to do what I had dreamed about for so long, I was never disappointed and always fulfilled emotionally.  For me, this applied not only to becoming a fly fishing guide but also as a ski patroller and high school football coach. Dreams do become realities when you allow yourself to take the risk and commit to what you actually want. Give yourself permission to do the things you want.  The safe route is not always the best route when it comes to personal satisfaction and fulfillment.  If you are currently in that state of mind and want some guidance, contact me and I can give you my thoughts on how to problem solve this situation and maybe help you figure it out.  I know some will find this to be a sales pitch (and to some extent it is) but it is also completely genuine and applicable to so much more than just fishing.  Hope to hear from you.

 

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

Pleasanton Fly Fishing Show

I had a great time at the show this weekend.  I spent most of my time promoting the school and talking to various outfitters about their employment needs. It was obvious to me that the word is out about out the school since this year almost everyone I met and talked to, already new of us.  That is a good thing and I realized that we are the only guide school represented at the show.  Also a very good thing.  I spent time with all of our instructors.  Jaime Lyle, Matt Heron, and Jordan Romney, and Mike Weir were all there at their respective booths.  Having those guys on board gives us incredible exposure and credibility at the show.  I was also able to cast a few rods and new lines.  One particular product did “wow” me. That was the new Single Handed Spey line from Rio  Fantastic line for single handed spey casts and roll casts but a rocket as an overhead casting line.  I will be ordering a few so check it out.  We are about 9 weeks out from this years school so if this is what you have always wanted to do, sign up today and let’s get it done.  I have a strong feeling from all indications that we will fill up this year.

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

Jaime Lyle joining us again at Guide School 2016

Wanted to let everyone know that Jaime Lyle of Farbanks Pros will be joining us again this year at Guide School as our casting instructor.  Jaime has been with us since the beginning and we are extremely happy that it will happen again this year.  Jaime is an FFF Master Casting Instructor and former National School Director for the Sage Rod Company.  He is recognized as one of the best instructors in the industry and I learn something new from him every year.  It is a pleasure to work with him and we are extremely proud to have him as part of our team.  If you are attending the Pleasanton Fly Fishing show this weekend make sure you stop by Matt Heron Fly Fishing and Fly Fishing Specialties.  Myself, Matt Heron, and Jordan Romney will all be there to answer any questions about guide school or fly fishing in general.  Jaime will also be in attendance at the Sage or Rio booths.  Hope to see you there.

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