Guide School "Where Are They Now" Allen Stirrett December 02 2017
After spending most of his working life in a corporate environment Allen headed west, ended up in our guide school and then worked in the shop and on the river here at Gallatin River Guides. Free of TPS reports, memos and cubicles, Allen fit in well with an eagerness to learn as much as he could from seasoned guides, shop staff, and customers. Allen took some time away from the river and answered a few questions for us.
Allen (far right) With The May '17 Guide School.
How long have you been fishing?
Since I was a kid
When did you attend guide school?
You recently moved to MT from what some would call a "real job", what made you want to be a fishing guide?
Why did you sign up for guide school? Did you want to be a guide when you signed up or just improve your angling skills?
What was the best lesson learned from guide school?
After guide school, you started working in the shop. How did that help your guiding days and knowledge?
Being around seasoned guides on a daily basis in the shop was something that taught me more than I could have ever imagined. Asking them questions, listening to them talk about their guide trips, and watching them interact with their clients taught me so much and I'm confident it will make me a better guide. I would highly recommend to any aspiring guide that they spend some time working in a fly shop.
Why would you recommend signing up for guide school?
By the end of the week, you will know whether or not you want to pursue a career as a fly fishing guide. The school does a good job of exposing students to the daily life of a guide.
Guide School dates for 2018 are now available here.