05-11-2010, 10:23 AM
Re: Alaska Guiding
If you want to be an Alaska guide you will need to master a few skills. Here is a list of what a Lodge may look for.
1. Someone who can fly light aircraft and has a commercial license.
2. Someone who can operate a jet boat.
3. Someone who has a lot of experience fly fishing for Trout, Salmon and Steelhead.
4. Someone who ties flies.
5. Someone with survivor skills in remote locations. You never know when a boat or plane will crash. You will be responsible for your clients.
This is a fair list of what lodges may be looking for. A lot of lodges have planes and a guide who can fly is a BIG PLUS. Other lodges use jet boats and knowing how to operate one may get their attention. There are also float trips and knowing how to row a raft would be helpful. You would definitely have to know how to build fires, pitch tents, cook and probably know how to operate a shotgun with skill.
If you intend to start this at 18 you must have something to offer a lodge instead of just being willing. In most cases they would not want a guide that young guiding much older clients.
Another approach is to get a job at one of the larger lodges doing odd jobs. The beds have to be made, the food has to be cooked and so on. These jobs won't be much fun but the owner can get to know you and maybe give you a chance. Tell them going in you want to be a guide and you will do anything to get a chance.