Cutthroat Anglers


Become a professional fly fishing guide



Our 2015 Spring guide school is now fully booked. The Fall guide school will be held from Sunday, September 27th through Saturday, October 3rd. For more info about our school, give us a call at 970-262-2878 or drop us an email at


Ever wanted to be a fly fishing guide? The Cutthroat Anglers Fly Fishing Guide School will provide a solid foundation to your possible future in the world of professional angling. Our fly fishing guide school is an in-depth and thorough course covering all the skills needed to be a world class professional fly fishing guide. Topics covered include the finer points of wade guiding and drift boat guiding. Our team of seasoned fly fishing guide school instructors draw on a wealth of knowledge and experience accumulated from decades of guiding not only in the Rocky Mountains, but from guiding in more exotic destinations ranging from Alaska all the way to Patagonia.


Making It Easier to Become a Fly Fishing Guide

Upon the successful completion and passing of our fy fishing guide school, you will possess the state required certifications to gain employment as a Colorado float fishing guide and/or seek opportunities to guide throughout the world. This course will give you a leg up on the competition for securing a job as a professional fly-fishing guide.


Topics Covered

First Aid • CPR Certification • Drift Boat Certification • Walk and Wade Techniques • Drift Boat Fishing • Knots and Tackle • Aquatic Entomology • Fundamentals of Instruction • Client Services • Photography • And more.


Course Details

Cutthroat Anglers The guide school classes run 6 days, 10 - 12 hours a day, with a cost of $2,000 per person. We provide the instruction, boating equipment, life jackets and lunch daily. Fly fishing guide school students should be able to provide their own fishing equipment and fishing license. Classes are typically limited to 6 students, with a 2 student to 1 instructor ratio. A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot, with the balance due at class time.

Schedule For Fishing Guide School Attendees


Day 1

  • Fly Fishing Guide School Class Registration / Intro to Class

  • Fly Fishing Guides Mission Statement

  • Overview of Class and Overview of Cutthroat Anglers Fly Fishing Guiding Operation

  • First Aid CPR Certification

  • Casting Instruction

  • Proper Trailer Loading and Trailer Maintenance


Day 2

  • Fly Fishing Guides Dry Land Demonstration on Boating Equipment • Proper Fit and Types of PFDs

  • Safety Equipment/ First Aid and Emergency Equipment

  • Rigging of Dorys and Rafts

  • Fly Fishing Guide School Verbal Lesson on Boat maneuvering and Techniques

  • River Currents, Obstructions, Obstacles and Hazards

  • On Water Training • Oar Boat Training

  • White Water Classification • Scouting Rapids • Types and Causes of Rapids

  • Practical Fly Fishing Guide Experience with Rowing Techniques


Day 3

  • Continuation of On Water Oar Boat Training

  • Fly Fishing Guides Initiation of Fly and Float Fishing Training

  • Knots, Tippet, Leader

  • Fishing Set Ups (Dry, Dbl Dry, Dry Drop, Nymph, Streamer, etc.)

  • Fly Fishing Guides Rowing Strategies for Fishing

  • Handling of Boat During Fish Fights

  • Netting, Handling and Proper Release of Clients Fish

  • Reading Water and Identifying Trout Lies


Day 4

  • Continuation of On Water Oar Boat Training

  • Continuation of Fly and Float Fishing Training

  • Throw Bag Training 

  • Fly Fishing Guides Rescue Procedures

  • How to React in Adverse Boating Situations

  • Service and Professionalism

  • Lunch/Meals

  • Photography

  • Entomology and Fly Selection


Day 5

  • Continuation of On Water Oar Boat Training

  • Continuation of Fly and Float Fishing Training

  • Re-enforcement of Techniques and Procedures Taught

  • Identifying Needs, Desires and Limitations of Clients

  • Fly Fishing Guides Client Relations


Day 6

  • Continuation of On Water Oar Boat Training

  • Completion of State Required Minimums for River Guide

  • Regulations and Laws for Fly Fishing Guides Governing the Operation of Commercial Guiding and Outfitting


Day 7

  • Fly Fishing River Guide Certification