Guide School Graduates "Where Are They Now" - Nick Gellerstedt

Guide School Graduates "Where Are They Now" - Nick Gellerstedt

Since finishing the March, 2017 Guide School Nick has spent time in the trout mecca of Craig, Montana and Musky rich waters of Northern Wisconsin.

Since finishing the March, 2017 Guide School Nick has spent time in the trout mecca of Craig, Montana and Musky rich waters of Northern Wisconsin.

Why did you sign up for guide school?
I signed up for guide school to further my understanding of what it takes to become a
professional and successful guide. I wanted to learn the ins and outs of guiding, from how
to deal with clients, the do’s and don’ts when rowing in tricky situations and the necessities that
need to be taken care of off the water.


What was the best lesson learned from guide school?
The most important lesson I learned from guide school is to just have fun with it! There
are things we can control and others we can’t. Having the ability to keep clients happy on days
when the weather is less than favorable or the fish simply don't want to cooperate is what
makes a great guide.


Favorite story from guide school?
My favorite story from guide school is less a story and more of a first-hand look at the
ups and downs of guiding. The first few days of guide school we had some adverse weather
and fishing conditions that made things tough, but by the last two days, everything
seemed to fall into place. The weather was great, everyone's guiding skills were coming into
shape and most of all the fish were willing to chew!


Where are you guiding now, or where has fishing taken you since guide school?
Immediately following guide school I went to work for Headhunters fly shop in Craig, MT
as shop staff. Following the season in the trout mecca that is Craig, I hit the road and headed
back to the Midwest in pursuit of musky. This past season was spent working for Musky Country
Outfitters in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.


Do you still keep in contact with anyone from guide school? Still fish with any?
Taylor Todd was the one that invited me to attend musky camp 2017. We loaded up and
made the 1,100-mile journey to go chase the fish of 10,000 casts. That trip reignited my passion
for these big toothy critters and ultimately caused me to move up to the Northwoods to pursue a
carrier guiding musky.


If someone were to ask you why they should sign up for guide school, what would you
say?

Guide school is an amazing opportunity whether you are looking to become a
professional or just want to improve your angling skills. The expert staff will work with you to
help you achieve whatever your goals may be and the contacts you make will help to get you
started in the competitive guiding world.


Any other thoughts, shoutouts?
I would really just like to thank Pat and Garrett as well as the rest of the instructors for
helping the next generation of guides to be better equipped for a successful career.

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