Considering Guide School? Then consider the Montana Fishing Guide School
1) A person who leads or directs other people on a journey.
2) A person who shows and explains the interesting things in a place.
3) A person who helps to direct another person's behavior, life, career, etc.
We’re blessed in the Greater Yellowstone area to have a network of fly shops and outfitters who have some of the West’s best guides, but before you choose to invest your money in a fishing guide school, be sure it’s money well spent. There are times when a guide school is a smart move, yet there are just as many opportunities when it’s far from essential. We think our Montana Fishing Guide School is essential for anyone wanting to become a better angler or chase their dream. Whether you work for Gallatin River Guides, Montana Fishing Outfitters, or any of the other great shops and outfitters, we want the best guides on the water. Period.
Do you like to go it alone and learn the ropes over time. All but a few of our local waters are fishable, and armed with some friendly intel, some river-specific flies, and an adventurous spirit, I say get after it and go fishing solo and when you’re ready call yourself a guide and hound shops and outfitters. Eventually someone will hire you.
Do you want someone to give you nudge in the right direction or serve-up some honest criticism? Need some good networking contacts to help your foot stay in the door? Opt for a guide school. If you don’t have access to a drift boat or raft right now, don’t worry, boats are provided in the Montana Fishing Guide School.
The rewards of self-discovery and time spent exploring on your own may be very good if you opt to not attend a guide school, but for many, time is money. Trial and error might take longer and offer intrinsic rewards, as does meeting fellow aspiring guides and learning from them and from our world-class instructors and founders.
A guide school offers a good head start if you’re new to the business of Montana fly fishing. The Montana Fishing Guide School instructors and guest lecturers have been there and done that.
If you “just want to catch fish” and don’t care how, by all means, go it alone. But if you want to be safe on the oars WHILE getting your friends OR, better yet, getting paid, then maybe a fishing guide school is for you.
Of course you like to have fun. That’s the main reason most of us go fishing. If you like to share great fishing with others and to help people learn, then consider guiding. At the Montana Fishing Guide School you will have fun, learn, and be challenged. Some of my greatest angling memories involve fishing with other people. If this sounds like you, then maybe you’re ready to be a guide. The Montana Fishing Guide School can help.
Pat Straub is the author of six books, including The Frugal Fly Fisher, Montana On The Fly, and Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Fly Fishing. Along with his wife, he owns Gallatin River Guides in Big Sky and with a partner operates a guide service on the Missouri River and the Montana Fishing Guide School.