05-14-2010, 01:14 PM
Re: going to guide school in june
Most good Trout water here (and many places) is National forest land, and so you need to be on a permit. They don't give those away, and that means getting on with an outfitter, and giving them a cut (20-40%). To a large extent the days of the freelance guide are over.
I do well guiding and enjoy it as much as anything I've done. Would I suggest anyone try this for a living? No.
But, if you are the type to not take no for an answer, maybe.
Until you chase clients and fish all day every day, you'll have know idea how hard guiding really is. The glowing romance fades quickly. That just leaves the guys who have to do it.
Those are the guides you want, not part timers anyway. Some clients skip booking with a shop for that reason. I eat, sleep, and breath, fly fishing. No honey dos, no safety net or 401K's. no dinner either. Just tye flies, patch waders, get ready for tommorow and go to bed..
Yesterday, after a clinic, a client lhooked/landed a 25" wild bow, on the first drift.
That is why I guide! Not the money, not standing in a stream everyday, watching birds, bugs, etc... and yes, I do see something new everyday.
ps. and no, a week long school won't do it, but it's good start. Good luck Work2fish.
Ultimately, it's not catching fish that satisfies, but knowing how.