Garrett Kemberling made the move from the technical waters of Pensylvania this spring to chase the dream of being a Montana Trout Bum. When he wasn't busy helping us here in the shop, he wasted no time getting to know the Gallatin, Madison and Yellowstone Rivers. We were pumped to have him join our guide school this summer to get him ready for the 2018 guide season.
How long have you been fishing?
I have been fly fishing for four years now, and spin casting since I was strong enough to hold a rod.
When did you attend guide school?
I attended guide school in August of 2017.
What made you want to be a fishing guide?
I want to become a fishing guide because I am passionate about fly fishing and spending every day on the river teaching others to do what I love is rewarding work.
When you signed up for guide school you were already working at the shop and have quite a bit of experience fishing in the area and back home in PA. What influenced you to sign up?
I signed up to gain additional knowledge about the "behind the scenes" of guiding and show Pat and Jimmy that I have the skills necessary to step out of the shop and into the river with clients.
Before doing the guide school you have helped prepare a lot of guide school students for their week so you were pretty aware of how it works. What were you surprised to learn, and what was your most important takeaway from the week?
The biggest takeaway I had from the week was the practice of guiding while rowing. Before guide school, I had fished with many people out of a boat but nobody I fished with needed to be guided. The practice of combining rowing and teaching were beneficial for my future guiding experiences.
What are your guiding goals?
My first goal of guiding is to prove myself as a young guide and show that I am hard working with the ultimate goal of one or more float trips by the end of the 2018 season.
Why would you recommend signing up for guide school?
I would recommend signing up for guide school to someone who is really looking to improve their rowing abilities and overall knowledge of fishing. The course covers a lot of the basics but has a more in-depth approach if you ask the right questions. You get out of the school what you put into it, and the knowledge is there, from Pat and Jimmy to the guides and even the shop staff. Overall it was a great experience and a lot of fun!