Brendan Burnside

Brendan grew up in the foothills of the Western Sierras fishing for anything and everything that swims. His earliest memories go back to salmon fishing with his grandfather over 30 years ago. While in his teens, he taught himself how to cast a fly rod and to fish the rivers and streams he now guides daily. 20+ years later, Brendan became the head guide for Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters and loved every minute of it.” I really enjoyed my time with TFFO. It was a great learning experience for me. I made friendships there that will last a lifetime!” He recently took the opportunity to partner with longtime friend and fellow guide Jarrod Beer and buy Alpine Fly Fishing.

Whether teaching a first-timer the basics of the cast or a long-time veteran of the sport new techniques, I still get fired up when I see that look on my clients face and that huge smile from ear to ear when the rod is bent. It just never gets old…

When Brendan is not guiding, he is usually on the water chasing trophy trout and honing his skills all over the eastern sierra and beyond with his guide dogs “Hatch” and “Woody”. His other passion, or addiction, depending upon how you look at it, is saltwater fly fishing. Brendan has fished all over the world chasing all types of saltwater game fish. He hosts an annual trip to Belize for Permit, Bones and Tarpon. “Permit fishing is my all time favorite. When I’m on the flats hunting for big, smart, spooky Permit I’m in heaven! It’s my favorite type of fly fishing for sure. Once you get out and try it, you’ll be hooked!”

In the winter months, Brendan is the West Coast Territory business manager for Stockli skis. There’s a very good chance you’ll see him in the line up on powder days at Kirkwood or Mammoth. If he’s not skiing pow, then he’s probably fishing for Steelhead somewhere on the coastal rivers of the west.

Brendan is consistently booked early and often with return clients so call or email Alpine Fly Fishing Guide Service today and get on the calendar for a guide trip or hosted travel trip to Belize. He will work his hardest to make sure your day on the water is an unforgettable one.

Jarrod Beer

Jarrod Beer was born in Washington State in 1982 and moved to South Lake Tahoe in 1986. Growing up fishing the local waters in and around the Tahoe area for the last 30 years has given him a knowledge of these fisheries that is second to none. He is an excellent instructor who is extremely patient and is always happy to share his passion with anyone from beginners to the advanced fly fisherman. Jarrod started working for Tahoe Fly Fishing Outfitters in 2001 and in 2015 left to join up with Alpine Fly Fishing Guide Service. Over the span of his 14 years at Tahoe Fly Fishing Jarrod has worked the in the shop, guided, and trained many of the guides operating in the area. These experiences have given him a knowledge of the area, the equipment, and requirements for a guide leading to many satisfied customers. Jarrod also enjoys skiing the mountains in the winter, shooting, off roading, golf, and just about anything outdoors.

Jim Crouse

Jim Crouse has thirty plus years experience guiding on Tahoe area fly fishing waters. His knowledge of the area is unmatched. Jim insures that your licensed Tahoe fly fishing guide is knowledgeable and experienced in fly selection as well as the most effective presentations.

Our goal at Alpine Fly Fishing is to provide you, the client with a quality fly fishing experience.  Our Guides are professional, experienced, courteous and very patient … and they love to fish!  We all enjoy introducing visitors to our little slice of heaven here in the Sierra.

Jim takes personal pride in making sure that you have an all encompassing day at Pleasant Valley Preserve or any of the guided waters we serve. Jim spins yarns of the 130 plus years of history in the Sierra Alps, while calmly instructing you on how to make the correct drift for large rainbows lurking under a cut bank.  He’ll take the time to teach you about the entomology of a trout stream and train you in matching the hatch to entice a take.

Morgan Kane

Morgan was born in Sonoma County, CA.  He grew up in the country out of the hustle and bustle of the city life with the Russian River and Lake Sonoma in his backyard.  He was able to do some very convenient exploring as a youngster and became quite the outdoorsman. He started fishing at a young age, every vacation or hike were always accompanied by a fishing pole and for Morgan. He displayed a passion for the outdoors and being on the water at a young age.

 

He moved to the Sierras in 04/05 to give up the weekend warrior lifestyle so he could snowboard daily and pursue what he thought was his dream.  He soon discovered that the mountains were not only a great place for winter sports but the abundance of creeks, rivers, and lakes gave way to excellent year round fishing.  His friends are still out snowboarding and he’s out chasing the next fish. Today, the snowboards collect dust while the fly rods get used and abused.

 

Morgan has been fishing for over 30 years and has been fly fishing for near a decade, and guiding for the last 3 years.  He has worked with all ages from his niece at age 6 to groups of women in their 60-70’s learning to fly fish for the first time.  His mother laughs when she receives pictures from him, friends receive grandbaby pictures to cu over and she receives beautiful fish and landscape pictures from Morgan.   Fly fishing for Morgan is more than just catching fish. Morgan has the quiet, calm demeanor to work the river and the patience to teach others. It’s about enjoying the moment, the time spent outside with others and sharing a passion that he wishes to pass on.  To share this art and teach the skill to others is where Morgan’s level of expertise shines.

Chris Nicola

Chris Nicola was born and raised in Southern California.  He grew up skateboarding, surfing, playing sports, fishing/hunting, and traveling with his family. He knew from his travels that he wanted out of the suburbs of SoCal – and at 18 he discovered his dream in South Lake Tahoe. In Tahoe, the first few years found Chris wakeboarding in the summer and snowboarding in the winter.  Every now and then he’d spin cast a line into the surrounding waters, but when he discovered fly fishing – he found his passion. Chris loved fly fishing so much that he’d get up before sunrise to fish before work.  As soon as he was off work he’d be back out fishing. He stopped buying season passes for snowboarding.  All he wanted to do was fly fish.  With encouragement from his fishing buddies and Guide friends – Chris soon enrolled in Guide School.  After graduating from Guide School with “Tahoe Fly Fishing,” Chris ventured forth to share his love of fly fishing with everyone he could.

As a Guide, Chris enjoys helping people of all ages and from all walks of life experience some of the magic of fly fishing.  He enjoys teaching new anglers about not only the fine art of the various casting methods, but also the entomology and hydrology of the sport.  Chris has limitless patience; and has developed successful teaching methods.  Chris is a safety-conscious guide, and passionate about providing his clients with a great experience, lasting memories, and some laughs along the way.

Chris loves fishing the Truckee River, Little Truckee River, East and West Carson Rivers, East Walker River, Lower Sacramento River, Trinity River, Yuba River, The American River, Pyramid Lake, and the high Sierra Lakes around Lake Tahoe.  Chris is now guiding Pyramid lake in the winter months for “Pyramid Fly Company”.

After two summers of guiding for “Epic Angling and Adventure” in Alaska, Chris is excited to be guiding here at home again. None of this would be possible without the love and support of his wife, Ashley