Guide SchoolLand Your Dream Job! One Week Course. Excellent Job Placement
For most people Fly Fishing is a hobby, but, for a select few, it is a profession. Unfortunately, trying to get your first job in the fishing business is the most difficult step. The Fly Fishing Guide Market is a very competitive profession. It is almost impossible to get a job without a good connection or specialized training. Sweetwater Travel fly fishing guide school will provide you with the necessary experience to land that essential first fly fishing job.
Sweetwater Travel fly fishing guide school instructors are experienced, international fishing guides that have worked with Sweetwater in our international destinations and will teach you everything from rowing western rivers, running rapids in jet boats to helping you guide your clients into big fish.
We limit the size of our courses to insure quality instruction and interaction with our instructors. This gives you the utmost attention from our fly fishing guide school instructors and increases your chances of getting a job afterward.
Being a fly fishing guide is an incredible way to both spend time in the wilderness, and earn a substantial income. A fishing guide can earn over $40,000 per year including tips. All in all the school is an investment in your future. You can pay off the cost of this school in only 3 weeks of guiding, and you will have the potential it takes to get a job in the most beautiful places left in the world.
The Sweetwater Fly Fishing Guide School limits class size, so spaces fill up very quickly. We require a 50% deposit to confirm your spot. This includes all your food and lodging. All you need to show up with is your fishing gear and a Montana State fishing license. Final payment is due 30 days prior to the start of the course. Deposits and/or final payment will not be refunded unless a replacement is found. We accept checks, money orders or major credit card. It is truly an opportunity that should not be missed. We offer payment plans if necessary. Join us and let us help you land the job of your dreams.
|7 NIGHTS, 6 1/2 DAYS OF TRAINING, MOSTLY ON THE WATER. WE GO TO THE RIVER EVERY DAY.
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sweetwater Guide School Director: COREY KOFF
Phone: 423-618-0735 Toll free: 1-866-GO GUIDE (866-464-8433) MAIN Office: 406-222-0624
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Fishing SkillsSweetwater Travel will also help perfect your fly fishing techniques. Being a good fly fisherman is essential to being a guide. You must be able to demonstrate your abilities in order to instruct and explain techniques to your guests. The fly fishing school instructors will focus on your casting and presentation. It is not necessary that you be a fly fishing expert to come to this school. We will accept all levels of fly fishermen.
The rivers of Montana have excellent trout fishing. We will practice and help you perfect all trout techniques.
From a fly fishing guide's point of view, trout fishing is the most difficult and is a good foundation for guiding for other species.
|A large part of being a competent fly fishing guide is being a competent fisherman. We'll teach you the following skills:|
|Fly tying:||Whether you are a beginner or experienced fly tier you will learn to tie flies from our professional fly fishing school instructors. We will teach you to tie nymphs, dry flies and streamers for catching trout, salmon, steelhead, bass and anything that swims.|
|Knot tying:||This is an often over looked skill. Losing Mr. Big because the knot you tied failed will put you in the doghouse in no time. We'll teach you the knots you need to know and how to tie them quickly and confidently.|
|Fly-casting:||As a guide you are also an instructor. Many of your guests will need assistance with their casting. We'll show you the best methods to get your guest casting like a pro in no time. You'll learn the roll cast, reach cast, false cast and the double haul for gaining more distance.|
|Fishing Skills:||In addition to the above skills you will learn entomology, fly selection, where fish hold and why they hold there, how to fight and land fish and much more.|
|Guiding skills:||Guiding is more than helping people catch fish. Client interaction is very important. Our experienced instructors will show you how to deal with the many different situations that will occur during your days guiding. You'll need to be a part time priest, psychologist, guru and marriage counselor.|
Guiding SkillsThere are many complex aspects of fly fish guiding which can only be learned through experience. We will teach you: how to interact with clients, how to instruct fly fishing, what guests expect of you, and, of course, how to get them into fish. You will learn what knots to tie, how to net fish, guiding strategies, drift boat fishing, spotting fish, jet boating, motor maintenance, and advanced river reading. The school will also include CPR and First Aid certification, which is required by all guiding operations.
Drift boats are the most common form of fly fish guiding in the lower 48. Jet Boats are the primary form of transportation used on Alaskan rivers. By learning both jet boating and drift boating skills, you will increase your chance at getting a job.
The fly fishing guide schools are operated on the Big Horn River near Fort Smith, Montana. The Bighorn River is perfect to train on for both jet boating, and drift boat fishing.
By learning how to run a boat on these rivers, you will gain the experience and confidence needed to be both a jet boat, and drift boat guide. During our fly fishing guide school instructions, we will focus on reading water, driving techniques, rowing, and on-river outboard motor repairs.
We will also show you how to deal with common jet boat problems such as water in your gas, draining your carburetors, repairing broken pull cords, bad spark plugs, etc. Being able to both drive a jet boat and to fix most problems on the river is an invaluable experience as a guide. This is a skill that very few, if any, new guides have when they apply for Jobs.
|Other Critical Skills|
|Low impact use:||This component of the course highlights how to guide on public waters with a particular focus on minimizing impact to the public resource. This includes safely playing, photographing and releasing fish, campfire safety and etiquette, wildlife proofing gear and vehicles, the importance of following angling and boating regulations and an understanding of private property and guide/landowner interaction.|
|Safety:||Our safety portion of the course will include proper trailering techniques including strapping boats down, following safety checklists, proper stowage of spare oars, use of bear sprays, a discussion of wildlife interaction in remote locations, bear safety and basic swift water safety.|
ScheduleWe run twelve schools a year. Four schools in mid March/April, five in June/July, and three in September/October. Dates are listed below. Please contact us for availability.
Upon arrival at the lodge, everything is covered (except your fishing license). This includes room and board, airport transfers(not flights) and everything needed for training. You will need to bring your own fishing equipment, waders, etc.
You should arrive at the school Saturday afternoon/evening or Sunday morning. After unpacking and settling in, we will start training Sunday afternoon. Monday to Friday will be full days of training. Saturday, we will conduct exit interviews during the morning, and the school will end mid day. A typical day begins at 8:30 and we are off of the river at 6:30. Depending on the focus of that particular day, many hours will be spent on the river, to practice our fishing and guiding techniques. Evenings are spent tying flies, practicing knots, watching fishing videos and swapping lies.
$3,200 per person for the Fly Fishing Guide Course
$3,300 per person for the Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course (Advanced Class-FFGIT)
$3,400 per person for the Fly Fishing Guide Course
$3,500 per person for the Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course (Advanced Class-FFGIT)
| Last year’s students had a very high job placement with lodges in Alaska and many states in the lower 48 including Montana, Colorado and Wyoming.
The average pay including tips was $2,500/month.
Schedule: (subject to change)
- Day 1 (Sunday): Arrive by noon, Lunch, CPR/First Aid Training, Casting
- Day 2 (Monday): Drift boat training, Jet boat training
- Day 3 (Tue.): Knot tying, Drift boat training, Jet boat training
- Day 4 (Wed.): Fly tying, Drift boat training, Jet boat training
- Day 5 (Thurs.) Overview of instruction manual, Drift boat training, Jet boat training
- Day 6 (Fri) Overview of entire class, Drift boat training, Jet boat training
- Day 7 (Sat.) Final interview, Course ends
GUIDE SCHOOL CALENDAR
|2023 Spring||2023 Summer||2023 Fall|
March 12 - 18
|May 21 - 27||September 3 - 9|
|March 19 - 25||May 28 - June 3||September 10 - 16|
|March 26 - April 1||June 4 - 10||September 17 - 23|
|April 4 - 10 (Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course)||June 11 - 17||September 24 - 30|
|October 3 - 9 (Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course)|
|2024 Spring||2024 Summer||2024 Fall|
|March 10 - 16||May 19 - 25||September 1 - 7|
|March 17 - 23||May 26 - June 1||September 8 - 14|
|March 24 - 30||June 2 - 8||September 15 - 21|
|April 2 - 8 (Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course)||June 9 - 15||September 22 - 28|
|June 16 -22||October 1 - 7 (Fly Fishing Guide Instructor Training Course)|
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