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Old 06-06-2011, 07:23 PM
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What kind of income would you expect a first year guide to make in a year guiding in Montana? Because I'm thinking of going out there after I graduate and guide during the summer and go to college in the fall through spring. Thanks for the replies.

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Most of the shops here pride themselves on how long their guides have been fishing on the local water. Many grew up on these waters.

You'll need to get hooked up with a good shop.. that has the bookings and depending on the river, slots to fish those rivers.

Which college? You might start contacting a few see what they say.. or start working in the shop and work into a part time guiding position.
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There are quite a few people that want to be guides in montana. I even know people who have been working at Montana fly shops for years, and still unable to get a guiding job. Not to mention you need to be certified before you are allowed to guide on Montana rivers.

Also, like Dhayden said, most guides around year have had hundreds of days on the river that they guide.

If you want to fish out west for a summer, my recommendation would be just getting a job in montana, wyoming, or idaho, and fishing like crazy in your time off.

Montana gets all of the fame, but the fishing in wyoming and idaho is just as good if not better. And the unemployment numbers in wyoming are better than the numbers in montana.

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i an attest that Montana is a great place to fly fish. You could research how to become a guide, or look for an existing guiding service.
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What kind of income would you expect a first year guide to make in a year guiding in Montana? Because I'm thinking of going out there after I graduate and guide during the summer and go to college in the fall through spring. Thanks for the replies.
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First you will have to get your foot in the door with somebody. Being a new guide without experience the trips you will get are going to be over flow. The experienced guides will be booked first. You'll want to get your own boat too, the shop won't supply one. Unless you planning on just wade trips. Given all the high water out west this year you will be looking at a short season too!! I'm guessing if all works out you would be looking at part time work and making $5000.00 or less.
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Thanks for the replies guys, I was just looking for some input and ideas.
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