Originally Posted by MoscaPescador
There are two ways one can be a guide.
A guide can be licensed and bonded independently. He is usually responsible for his own marketing and administration. These guides can work together with fly fishing shops or outfitters, if they choose to do so. The shop or outfitter's cut is usually 15% of the guide fees.
A guide can work under the license and bond of an outfitter. This guide is getting a paycheck from an employer. Marketing and administrative duties are done by the outfitter. Basically this guide gets a client when the outfitter sets the date.
Basically you can be your own boss, or you can work for someone else.
+1 to what MP stated above. Worse yet, until you get 'established' getting clients is a hard road.
Only one other bit of advice: "DON'T give up your day job." Guiding, even if you will go to several rivers in a geo-area, is a tough business upon which to make a living. It's this 'I need to eat' thing that gets into the way.
And then there's the equipment you'll need. Depending upon the 'where' you'll be in several thousands of dollars for boat, trailer, rods, etc., etc., etc.
As an aside, of all the Guided Trips I've been on the only Guides I really remember served a (usually hot) beach lunch. Had a good bar to pull over on, pull out a small Weber 'Q' and fired the thing up. Nasty weather? One of those soccer sideline tent tops went up so we had a dry place to sit.
We'd continue to fish (or warm our hands over the charcoals), drink a soda pop (if you wanted an Adult Beverage you had to bring your own ... 'It's a Law thing' for the Guides).
One memorable was a river in the process of blowing out ... like this Puppy isn't going to Hunt. It didn't. Three of us sat under that tent top and swapped lies for close to 5 hours at the boat launch. Fellow called his wife and she brought us 'Plunking' gear.
'trip,' and no .. we didn't ask for our money back and gave 'him' a heck of a tip at the end of the day. Did we hook a fish? No idea, but it was a great time in the long view. Years later that experience brought me Gold.
Taking two fellow (I'm not a guide) fishing on the Chetco River and similar situation. Rowed like hell to get us down stream and back to the RV park. Back to the MH and got out rods/gear that hadn't see the light of day for years. Sort same, rig up rods, 2oz of lead fly and we sat under the lift up on the back of the Jeep. (We could walk back to our rig.)
Two on the beach, water up to mid Tyre rims, and 4x4 in low to get out of there!
, and all three of us very .... well, lets just say "intoxicated" at the end of the day.
Even my Yellow Lab thought we were all Nuts. But a bag of dog cookies in the car kept him happy.
Pictures to prove it.