Angling Guide

Turning your passion for fishing into a career

Learn to fly fish and guide guests on wilderness trips!
More than just a basic fly fishing guide school.

Are you a fishing enthusiast who dreams of living and working in the wilderness? Working as an angling guide is an ideal way to combine the sport you love with the lifestyle you dream of. In our guide training, we train our students in the fishing techniques, wilderness skills, and management knowledge that every angling guide needs. Throughout the course, you’ll practice what you learn in diverse environments, including lakes, ponds, rivers, and streams. Your experienced instructor will demonstrate fishing techniques and continually guide you throughout the hands-on training that forms the foundation of our program.

As you can see in the skills list below, our guide training covers much more than a basic fly fishing guide school. By covering more than just the basics, our angling guide program empowers you to carve out your own angling guide career and even start your own fishing outfitter business.

Here’s what you’ll learn in our angling guide program:

  • How to guide guests on fishing trips
  • Specialized techniques for lake and stream fishing
  • Casting Techniques
  • Dry Fly Presentations
  • Wet Fly Presentations
  • Fly-tying
  • Entomology
  • Species identification
  • Habitats of different fish species
  • Basic wildlife safety
  • Best practices for wilderness tours
  • Regulations for fishing and guiding
  • Management and acquisition of angling guide territory
Where you’ll learn to reel in more than just fish

Throughout our guide training, we focus on more than the basic skills that you can find in any fly fishing guide school. In our experience, personal development and ongoing leadership training is just as crucial to the success of an angling guide as casting techniques. The ability to learn from nature is what empowers an angling guide to lead guests with confidence, competence, and enthusiasm. Throughout our guide training, we continually present you with new challenges and greater responsibilities. This heightened learning curve produces better guides and more effective leaders. As you continually work on your own personal development and become better able to adapt to unpredictable wilderness conditions, this directly impacts your growth as a guide and your future guests’ overall experience. This is paramount because we’ve found that most guests want to do more than just learn to fly fish; they want to experience true wilderness and gain a broader life perspective. And that’s why our guide training never loses sight of your personal development and leadership training, even as we hone your fishing techniques and practical skills. We want our angling guide graduates to lead guests on meaningful fishing adventures that embrace both the fullness of this time-honored sport and the richness of nature’s life-changing impact.

Highlights
  • Experience pure nature as you hone your angling skills on remote mountain lakes and glacier-fed rivers
  • Develop foundational skills for a lifetime of fishing enjoyment
  • Learn in a classroom unlike any other, framed by majestic mountain ranges and far-reaching horizons
  • Study the art of crafting your own flies and test them out on local populations of Rainbow Trout, Bull Trout, Brook Trout, Mountain Whitefish, and Kokanee

Day 1
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Map orientation highlighting prime fishing locations throughout the territory
  • Discussion of backcountry safety and survival skills, including bear and cougar safety
  • Overview of angling techniques and equipment selection
  • Instruction and practice in the following topics:
    • Stepwise setup for your fishing rod
    • Knot tying
    • Practical use of creel reports, angling guide reports, and fishing inventories
    • Fly casting
  • Hearty ranch style dinner
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 2
  • Breakfast
  • Continue learning as we cover the following topics:
    • Basic entomology in preparation for fly-making
    • Designing and crafting flies, with hands-on practice
    • Discussion of angling methods
    • Obtaining your own angling license
    • Introduction to fly casting, including floating versus sinking lines and wet versus dry flies
  • Practice fly casting
  • Break for lunch
  • Preparation of equipment, including packing up rods and loading boats into the truck
  • Fishing at local Ponds, with an emphasis on casting practice
  • Dinner and completion of daily fishing report
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 3
  • Breakfast
  • Today we build your knowledge and skills in the following areas:
    • Identification of bugs and where to find them
    • Most common and effective flies for different types of waterways
    • Fly tying techniques, with hands-on practice
    • Spin casting
    • Boat safety and rowing techniques
  • Break for lunch
  • Preparation of equipment before we head out to Local Ponds for an afternoon of fishing
  • Practice fly tying and casting on the water
  • Dinner and completion of daily fishing report
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 4
  • Breakfast
  • Repair and prepare equipment for the day’s fishing excursion
  • Decide upon, look for, and gather bait
  • Review of the pros and cons of various angling techniques
  • Lunch
  • Angling practice at Local Ponds
  • Lakeside instruction and practice in the following topics:
    • How to safely build a campfire
    • Food safety and handling of fresh fish
    • Cooking and smoking fish
    • Boat safety and rowing techniques
    • Fly tying, including making your own lures
  • Dinner and completion of daily fishing report
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 5
  • Breakfast
  • Repair and prepare equipment for the day’s fishing excursion
  • Introduction to river angling
  • Practice fly casting, tying wet line and then dry line, and retrieving the fly
  • Lunch
  • Practice your boat handling skills
  • Discussion of daily movements, seasonal patterns and habitats of fish
  • Review angling rules, regulations, and safety
  • Dinner and completion of daily fishing report
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 6
  • Breakfast
  • Repair and prepare equipment for the day’s fishing excursion
  • Fly fishing and spin casting instruction and practice
  • Lunch
  • One-on-one learning experience as you practice fly tying and fishing techniques with your instructor
  • Review of food safety and handling, including proper disposal of fish remains during backcountry fishing trips
  • Additional angling practice
  • Dinner and completion of daily fishing report
  • Overnight in student accommodations on ranch property
Day 7
  • Breakfast
  • Recondition angling equipment
  • Update lake and river records with data from your daily fishing reports
  • Review rules and regulations in preparation for future fishing excursions
  • Farewell lunch and graduation
  • Depart from ranch

**Please Note: Our programs are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, fishing locations, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

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July 9th July 15th

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