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 is in full effect here minus the crowds. We are seeing a lot of runoff still but that is going to be the norm this year. On the south side I would still count out the East Carson, however the west is fishable wither the rite tactics. Finding slow deep buckets and fishing big flys will get a few takes, also slow stripped streamers in back eddies can be killer.
Up on the north end the Truckee is high but clear, the big T is always challenging so not much change there. We have pmds in the drift but fish still seem to be looking for big meals (sj worms, pats rubber legs, glow bugs, ect.) Flows on the Little Truckee have bin all over the place. Bugs are there tho and fish are paying attention to them. Find the rite water for the current flows and you should have a shot. Midges, pmds, bwos, small sj’s, green drakes, beetles, ants should all be in your box. Stillwater’s are kicking out fish as well, bass are in dam areas of prosser and stampede and can save frustrating day on river.
Fishing this time of year can be dynamic and ever changing but if you can get here before the crowds over the next week or so do it! The good days are lights out! We also opened sawmill lake last week and it’s really good rite now. Call the shop for more info or to book a trip. See you out there-jay
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
Its no secret that we have a big big mega snow pack this spring and that we will have plenty of water this year. With the warm temps in this weeks forecast we will see some significant flows on most of our rivers and streams.The good news however is there are still plenty of places to fish and we will not have any issues with warm water temps keeping us off the river this year. It will be a great summer out there for sure!
As far as current conditions go rite place at the rite time is everything! Still waters have certainly produced the most consistent fish, however there is no shortage of big fish being caught on the Big Truckee as well, just not big numbers of them. If you are venturing out on the Truckee please be cautious, bring a friend, and don’t trust the undercut banks. Its not the time to go for an unplanned swim! Streamers dead drifted or stripped, big pat’s rubberlegs, and san Juan worms have bin the ticket. We have no shortage of bugs out there but the fish seem to be gorging on the big bites and overlooking the small stuff. We have some soft water on the Little Truckee but there’s no where to cross and crowds seem to already be out in force,on top of that the rainbows seem to be late to spawn and you should be on the lookout for reds. If you really wanna fish it think Big Truckee flys and techniques and stay out of water as best you can to stay off the reds and keep from taking a swim. Still water fishing has bin hot inlet areas and dam breasts seem to be the ticket. The bass seem to be moving into the dam breast areas, look for calm wind days so the surface water has chance to warm. Big callebaetis coming off most days and damsels already making moves. Midge hatches in the early evening have bin thick and the fish are keying in on them. It’s also a great time to go down in the dessert and chase some goldfish! If you have never fished carp on the fly it can be a blast, the visuals of stalking these beasts is a trip. Getting them to eat can be tough tho. For more info on carp fishing call or stop by the shop.
With our mega snow pack and long blue bird days it is also a great time to come up and ski a few laps at Squaw before hitting the water. The spring skiing is the best its bin in a long time and with the epic weather, festivities, and great fishing it’s hard not to have a perma grin most the day. So come on up and get sum! See you on the water (or the hill) -Jay
It’s almost summer, now is the perfect time to learn to fly fish! Weather you are looking to pick up a new hobby or dust off your old fly rod and brush up your skills. Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters is once again teaming up with Lake Tahoe Community College offering an all day Fly Fishing Intro Class on May 21st 2017.
This class is catered to all who desire to learn how to fly fish or who want to expand their knowledge from seasoned guide and instructor, Dan Ring. In this class you will learn everything from first cast to first catch. How to choose equipment, knots, riggings, casting, drift, reading water, entomology, fighting fish, sustainable fishing, and fishing etiquette. We will spend a small portion inside learning about the necessary gear and equipment. The rest of the day will be spent by the water learning about trout, bugs and their habitats. We will also focus on casting, drifts, and the practical applications for fly fishing.
With the rivers and lake at historic water levels we are anticipating an incredible fly fishing season! Sign up now to reserve your spot and learn a new fun and exciting way to enjoy the summer. For more information about Fly Fishing Intro Class please contact:
Lake Tahoe Community College
Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters
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.
24 days and counting until Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters Guide School 2017 begins. We currently have 3 spots available and if you are considering this as an option to starting a career in the fly fishing industry now is the time to get started and get in on the best instruction you will find anywhere. Learning from the best will only increase your chances to becoming one of the best yourself one day. Here is our line up of instructors. Matt Heron from Matt Heron Fly Fishing, Jordan Romney from Fly Fishing Specialities, former graduate Jay Swartley from Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and Chuck Ragan from Chuck Ragan Fly Fishing. An incredible line up of fishing and instructing talent. Hit the link on all of these guys and get their stories in detail. I promise you will be impressed. As an added bonus, Mike Weir from CalTrout will be presenting again. Mike has been with us from the beginning and he is always a highlight for our students. With all that being said, I hope some of you who read this will give yourselves permission to start your career as a fly fishing guide with us this year and sign up today. Feel free to call me with any questions. Hope to hear from you.
Rick McGuire- TFFO Guide School Director 530-318-5694, email@example.com
Summer time is just around the corner here, well in relative terms at least. The past weeks weather has bin amazing and the fishing has bin pretty good too. We are seeing some skwalas on the water and the usual bwo’s and midges in the mix as well. The Truckee has also bin kicking out some nice fish on streamers as well. With the nice weather and lack of fresh snow the river has bin busy for sure. High flows have the fish stacked in soft water and it can be a little tough to move around from hole to hole. I think most anglers are just happy to get a line wet and feel some sun on their faces tho!
With the summer season around the corner here in Tahoe you start to hear people ask each other “so what are you doing for the summer?” Well my question is what are you doing for summer work? This year we will once again be partnering with some of the best Nor-Cal guides to host our annual guide school. With Jordan Romney, Chuck Reagan, and Matt Heron we cover a broad spectrum of guiding opportunities from working with a shop/outfitter to independent guiding to guiding in remote Alaska, walk and wade style to drift boat we have you covered. If a normal nine to five isn’t your thing and you are passionate about not only fishing but also sharing your passion with others then give us a call and we can go over the schedule with you.
It seems that I need an editor for my posts since yesterday’s was titled Guide School 2016 dates announced. I apologize for any confusion. The dates for Guide School 2017 are still May 1st to the 6th. The rest of the information in yesterday’s post is correct. I look forward to hearing from some of you. Stay tuned for additional posts on this year’s school.
Rick McGuire-Guide School Director, Instructor TFFO, firstname.lastname@example.org, 530-318-5694
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, email@example.com, 530-318-5694
Last year’s crew, final day on the American. End of a great week with a fantastic group of guys!