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desertfly83 03-26-2013 09:22 AM

Guide job
 
Looking for a first year guide job I'm atteneding the sweet water guide school at the beginning of July but in the mean time I'd like to find a job that I can start right after school I have a résumé ready to go any help or ideas on this would be great

MoscaPescador 03-26-2013 09:55 AM

Re: Guide job
 
I'm going to quote myself from another thread.

Quote:

Originally Posted by MoscaPescador (Post 534763)
I never worked as a guide, but I worked in the fly fishing industry for six years.

There are two types of guides. One is an independent operator. The other works for a licensed outfitter. The independent operator has a business license, insurance bond, and guiding license. He is responsible for all of his overhead. The employee type is hired by a licensed outfitter. The outfitter takes care of the business overhead. In some states, the employee type guide will have to obtain a special guiding license to work for outfitters.

The shop that I worked at was not an outfitter. It contracted licensed guides.

One thing that I learned from the independent guides is that they have to know how to run their own businesses. You don't necessarily need a degree, but a few basic business classes under your belt will help. I have seen a few guides fail because of poor basic business practices like record keeping.

There are guide schools available. I have had mixed reviews on them.

Here's a reality check. Don't plan on getting rich in the industry. Guiding is more of a labor of love. Most successful guides who I know work part time in the industry and have full time paying jobs.

Dennis

The decision that you need to make is whether you want to be an employee or an independent contractor.

Any other advice? Contact all the fly fishing shops and outfitters in the region.

desertfly83 03-26-2013 10:01 AM

Re: Guide job
 
Is it to late in the season to find work?

MoscaPescador 03-26-2013 12:56 PM

Re: Guide job
 
If you want to start guiding now as an independent operator, you can get your licenses and insurance bond anytime.

If you want to start working for an outfitter in July, you may want to start networking now.

Dennis

dhayden 03-26-2013 01:23 PM

Re: Guide job
 
You might check which state(s) you're interested in too.. see what it takes to get a guide license if that state requires one

MoscaPescador 03-26-2013 01:44 PM

Re: Guide job
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by dhayden (Post 540949)
You might check which state(s) you're interested in too.. see what it takes to get a guide license if that state requires one

Good advice. Different states have different requirements. State wildlife department websites are good sources.

Dennis

desertfly83 03-26-2013 01:54 PM

Re: Guide job
 
Thanks guys @ Dave I'd like to go to Montana I've got résumé's sent out I'm just Waiting to get a response

coloradocaddis970 03-26-2013 02:07 PM

Re: Guide job
 
Desert,

I work for a fly fishing company here in Colorado. Were always looking for a new guide to put onto the roster. PM me if you would like more information!

Dallas

dhayden 03-26-2013 02:28 PM

Re: Guide job
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by desertfly83 (Post 540970)
Thanks guys @ Dave I'd like to go to Montana I've got résumé's sent out I'm just Waiting to get a response

FWP has more...

This could get you started..

Fishing Outfitters Association of Montana contact page

fredaevans 03-27-2013 09:51 AM

Re: Guide job
 
Great read Dave, back there again in a moment. Always something new to learn.

Fred


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