3 months to Guide School 2015

It’s less than 3 months to this years Guide School and we are starting to get really excited around here about this years class.  If you are considering becoming a fly fishing guide, we feel that we are the most comprehensive experience in the industry when it comes to preparing you for a career as a guide.  I am heading to Pleasanton , CA this Saturday for the Fly Fishing Show and my goal is to set up a few referrals with other guide services for job placement for our graduates.  I will keep everyone updated on my progress as we feel this is an important addition to our school.  This addition as well as others we have implemented have come directly from our graduates.  Contact me if you have any other questions and I look forward to talking to you.

Rick McGuire  Guide School Director TFFO

rickemcguire@yahoo.com  530-318-5694

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Upcoming 6 day intensive Fly Fishing School

Here is some exciting news!  This year we will be offering a 6 Day Intensive Fly Fishing School along side of our yearly Fly Fishing Guide School.  We have learned over the last 5 years of doing the Guide School that not all of our participants were interested in learning to be a guide but actually just wanted to become better fly fishermen.  This year we decided to take that feedback and offer a school for those just interested in taking their fly fishing skills to the next level.  Some of the workshops when appropriate will have both groups working side by side.  These include casting workshops, knot tying and rigging, entomology and fly selection, and rowing a drift boat to name a few.  All of the other time the groups will be split to work on their specific emphasis.  We are really excited about this and we look forward to working with both groups this year.  Specific information will be posted on the website soon.  If you have questions now, feel free to call or email me.

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

 

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The skiing may be sub par, but the fishing is GREAT!

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Its that time folks, the days are getting longer, bugs are starting to pop down low and we are all getting excited! Normally we are taking long drives to pyramid, yuba, or the american this time of year to get a line wet. This year however I’m taking lunch breaks and fishing the truckee on the california side. While waiting for powder i am more than happy to get some sun and stick a few fish. Better yet looking for heads to come up on overcast days.

There is simply too much for one blog post going on rite now, everything from micro midges up high to giant streamer eating fish at Pyramid! Call the shop if you are coming up to ski and make a mega day out of it! Groomers in the am and fish in the afternoon? Yep thats why we live in California! Book a guide to show you the nuances of winter fishing, or stock up on streamers and go put your time in at the ‘Mid. you won’t catch em on your couch! and snow or no snow the next few months are gonna be great!

Truckee River Guide Update November 5, 2015

I had a blast today guiding Blaise and his two sons (5 and 7 years old) today on the Truckee River, California side. Now I know there is still at lot of controversy over wether or not to fish the Truckee river both in California and Nevada. Let me just say that yes water flows are still low and it has concentrated fish but, watertemps are in the high 40’s at 2 in the afternoon. Every fish we landed today was hot… multiple runs, jumps and quick recovery times. Now that isn’t to say that one should take their time with the fish out of water, just snap a quick photo and release or if the fish isn’t photo worthy just release.

Yes fish are concentrated nymphing for them is a quick way to rack up numbers, but if you want a challenge, there are plenty of fish up on the Micro Blue Wing Olive hatch that is going on right now. With waters being lower than normal this is a great time for begginers or folks who want to work on casting, drifts with a dry fly!! And if you think you need a little extra encouragement or some help with dry fly fishing a Gudie Trip is the best way to go!! This hatch will only be around for another couple of weeks so I would book now!!

Tight lines to all of you!! and Here’s to Bucking Trout!!

Mike Curtis
TFFO Guide/Instructor

 

Hooked up!

Hooked up!

BWO fish

BWO fish

23" Bow on the Stone dry fly

23″ Bow on the Stone dry fly

Guide update for Truckee River October 6th 2014

Fall is official here on the north shore. A little ice on the line today down in the canyon. Throwing big offerings(crayfish, stones,eggs,sj’s,ect) early before the bugs start moving seems to be the ticket the last few days. Once the sun hits the water look for midges and small to medium sized mayflies. still a few hoppers left as well.
If you ever wanted to have a shot at that trophy brown the next few weeks would be a great time to give it a go! See you on the water…..image

East Carson Guided Trip Report for September 23rd 2014

IMG_1172-2Well its that time again folks, leaves are changing, nights are cooler, and the browns are getting fired up! Yes we do have smoke depending on wind direction, and yes the water is still low. If you watch the wind directions and get on it early though some of the best fishing of the year is rite now!

Low water, spooky fish and mud/silt on the bottom means bring the A-game. Try not to cross in slow moving water, think light long tippets and small fall bugs. Expect the occasional Streamer eater also tho! I have heard a lot of grumbling over the flows out there, but would argue that with adjusted tactics the fishing can be even better this year if you know where to look and how to approach it. What better time to set up a trip to learn low water tactics or just brush up on overall techniques? Go get “em!

Truckee River Update Friday September 5th

Indian summer is here!  With cool overnight lows and warm sunny days its a great time to get up here. Getting on it early is still paying off, but with shorter days no more 445 wake up calls, hooray!  It was 35 degrees in Martis Valley this morning at 6am, and 75 by about 11am.  Come prepared dress in layers and expect everything from blazing sun to a dusting of snow over the next few weeks.

Bugwise expect to see standard tiny midges when sun first breaks onto the water, lingering pmd’s,bwo’s(cloudy days),caddis, and maybe a few stones.  lately a crayfish with a small pheasant tail off the back has bin doing just fine.  I have bin ditching the bobber and highsticking them thru the runs. Pay attention grabs on the dead drift, on the swing, and plenty on a quick strip as well.

With kids back in school the crowds are mostly gone. Lower fall flows make for easy access to lots of normally hard to reach lies.  Its an excellent time to book one of our guides and go chasing some Truckee River chrome, or check out any of our other numerous waters.  Call the shop with any questions 530-541-8208.  See you on the river, Jay

 

Walker Rivers Fishing Report July 17, 2014

The East Walker is hanging in there with flows in the low 90’s.  Don’t be afraid to move around and get out of the Mile.  Fish will be spooky so try to blend in and stay quiet around the river.  Light, short leader and tippets are the way to go and don’t forget to check and clean your flies every other cast or so.  Small midges, dry dropper set ups and caddis are your best bets.  Please be aware of the river temps. try to get the fish to the net as quick as possible and make sure the fish are fully revived before releasing.

The West Walker is low and crystal clear.  Seems to be getting a fair amount of pressure, try to get there early.  Stealth is key, good presentations are going to make the difference.  Go small and light and cover water.  Midges, caddis, mayflies should all do the job.

Truckee River Fishing Report July 27, 2014

Fly fishing on the Truckee river has been better than expected lately.  Get out there early or the last couple hours of the day, the water is warm. Faster water is going to hold the fish, they need the oxygen. Please try to get the fish to the net as quick as possible and make sure they are fully revived before releasing. Been seeing a lot of crawdads on the river bed along with the usual bugs. Smaller dark maylies, green caddis, midges and stoneflies are pretty much the go to this time of the year. Call the shop for a guide if you want to get to know some of the spots or techniques we use when fishing the Truckee.