guide-school.jpgColorado fly fishing guide school

Our Spring Guide School from April 25th - May 1, 2021 is officially FULL.  We will be hosting another Fall Guide School in October, 2021.


Want to become a better angler with a fly, as well as have one of the best times of your life? Our school will greatly improve your angling skills and you'll have a blast while you improve as an angler. Do you want to learn how to row a raft down a western style river? We'll give you the tools to safely navigate Class 2+ rapids. Considering starting down the road to becoming a professional 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.


Upon the successful completion and passing of our fly 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.


 Drift Boat Certification • Walk and Wade Techniques • Drift Boat Fishing • Knots and Tackle • Aquatic Entomology • Fundamentals of Instruction • Client Services • Photography • CPR & First Aid certification is available as adjunct to the course. 



The guide school classes run 7 days, 10 - 12 hours a day, with a cost of $2,250 per person. A $1,000 deposit is required to hold your spot, with the balance due by the morning of the first day of class.


We provide the fishing and rowing instruction, boating equipment, life jackets, soft drinks/water and lunches. Fly fishing guide school students should be able to provide their own fishing equipment but we have some rental gear you may borrow for the week. Our fly shop sells all the flies that you will need but, if you are a fly tier, contact us for a list of flies that we typically use during our schools. Our students receive 20% off all gear we sell during their week of guide school.


Students need to have a valid fishing license (we sell fishing licenses at the shop). Class size is typically limited to 6 students, with a 2 student to 1 instructor ratio.