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Frank R. Pisciotta is one of California's top, veteran, independent, fly fishing guides.

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Frank R. Pisciotta is one of California’s top, veteran, independent, fly fishing guides. He is the acknowledged “Dean of Guides” in the Tahoe area.

A native Californian, he has pursued trout within the state for decades, from the lakes & streams of urban Marin county to the 10,000 feet plus John Muir Wilderness for the state fish…the golden trout. After 1966 graduation from the University of San Francisco, 1968- ‘69 “on-the-ground” service in Vietnam a six-month holiday touring Europe as a civilian; he had a brief two-year stint in the corporate world. He then became involved in a family craft business on the north slope of San Francisco’s Telegraph Hill.

He started fly fishing in the spring of 1970; having done such, exclusively, since. During his first decade of fly fishing Frank became very familiar with Northern California waters; most especially the McCloud (…prior to the Nature Conservancy arrival) & Upper Sacramento Rivers, in addition to Hat Creek.

In 1979 Frank personally built his first residence in Truckee; then focused on the area’s, at the time, unbeknownst, quality fly angling waters. There, in 1984, he established his Thy Rod & Staff guide service. 2017 marks his 34th year guiding & instructing, exclusively, in the Truckee area. From 1991 to 2012 he was the Tahoe region’s ORVIS-ENDORSED guide. In 1996, because of his expertise in fly angling & adeptness at instruction, he was encouraged by clients, friends & family to start the Reel School of Fly Fishing. In 2014 he and Jon Baiocchi founded the Native Sons Tours.

At the start of the new century; two things occurred in Frank’s fly fishing interests. The first was a rejuvenation of his early ’80’s steelhead fly fishing. In late-fall, he’ll pursue steelhead in northern California’s Trinity River in. Secondly, from 2004-2012 he ventured to Patagonia; hosting trips to a very remote fly fishing lodge located in southern Chile. In addition to his annual hosted weeks, he represented and booked trips for the lodge.

So far…although strongly encouraged by friends & clients…he hasn’t ventured to the salt, chasing bonefish, permit & tarpon and has not explored another Southern Hemispheric venue, New Zealand. Stay tuned…

As a writer, Frank has authored articles featured in California Fly FisherNorthWest Fly Fishing, ORVIS News and many essays in Sierra Fisherman magazine. Additionally, he has also contributed to subscription newsletters entitled Guided Waters and Stream Lines. His “Truckee River Primer” article in the February 2017 issue of California Fly Fisher magazine is the “gold standard” for those anglers wanting a reliable briefing on the fly angling the river.  Additional detailed treatises on the big Truckee can also be found in Spring 2002 issue of North West Fly Fishing and a two-part seasonal,  discussion on the Truckee was published in Sierra Fisherman during 2010.  The three aforementioned writings on the big Truckee are acknowledged as the best-ever “how, where, when, what and why” discussions on fly fishing the Truckee River. He authored an article in the July 2009 issue of Sierra Fisherman about the Little Truckee River; similarly recognized as the best-ever written on this unique body of water. Frank’s chapter on the Truckee River in Seth Norman’s 1996, original, Fly Fisher’s Guide to Northern California, is the most comprehensive ever published in a book.

From June 1999 to June 2001 Frank was the California editor for monthly WestFly.com, arguably the most complete online fly fishing magazine on the Internet; At the time, it targeted five (5) western states, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho & western Montana…five (5) featured articles remain on the site. From 2009-2017 Frank was the Editor at Large for the quarterly Sierra Fisherman magazine. While in that capacity he wrote many essays on fly fishing and was the brain-thrust for three featured departments; Pro-Tips, Quick Bites and Beyond the Crest. All of the latter writings may appear in a book anthology…hopefully soon.

Over Frank’s many years in the industry he has entertained and informed diverse fly angling audiences. Initially, via slide-shows and eventually into PowerPoint, presentations on subjects entitled; “Fly Fishing Opportunities in the Truckee-Tahoe Area”, “Chilean Patagonia…First Impressions”,  The Truckee River”, “The Little Truckee…a unique Fly Angling Gem”. All appearances have been well received, and at times, standing-room only attendance at the Northern California Council of Fly Fishers Conclaves, the Fly Fishing Shows in Pleasanton, San Rafael & Ontario California and the International Women Fly Fishers’ 10th anniversary gathering at Squaw Valley USA, site of the 1960 Winter Olympics.

The well-known angler-conservation group California Trout has twice presented Frank the coveted Stream Keeper’s Award. The last time was 2000; as the executive director noted, because he “…speaks for the trout.” In 2016 local Trout Unlimited chapter #103 noted his contributions for his fishery activism. Another twice is Frank’s guide service being featured in lengthy articles in the OUTDOORS section of the San Francisco Chronicle. Also, Frank’s guide’s service has been noted in the New York Times magazine, Los Angeles Times, Fly Fisherman magazine and Michael and Christine Fong’s Inside Angler.

At the turn of the century, an aspiring young guide flattered Frank by calling him his personal Dali Lama of fly fishing…. little did the fella know that Frank is a perpetual student himself! He simply has a contagious passion for the sport and is willing to discuss and/or share it with anyone who is receptive.


CyberFly Unsolicited Client Quotes

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Your enthusiasm is infectious.

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Your passion is contagious.

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…lessons well-learned…retraced steps and techniques. WOW! great results.

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…appreciated your vast knowledge with your easy-going demeanor.

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I’m constantly practicing all you taught me…catching more trout!

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…good fishing & camaraderie…

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That Brown trout was the largest fish I’ve ever caught on a fly rod.

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…good time…very relaxing; great fishing was the bonus.

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Three times you have put me onto the ‘fish of the season’.

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completely seduced by the beauty of that country. I especially enjoyed that one last fish before darkness fell.

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