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Fly Fishing Guide School

Our spring & fall fly fishing guide & rowing school is a great way to get both the state-required credentials for commercial float guiding as well as lay the foundation for a future of safe boating. Whether you are looking for a future in the fishing industry or just want to learn how to get your own boat safely down the river, this school is time well spent.


Now Booking Spring 2022 Class May 1 – 7, 2022

In 7 days, our course covers everything needed to be a commercial river guide from first aid and CPR to the first official commercial trip. You will log at least 50 hours with an instructor over the week-long course. Our progression based instructions starts with a ½ day guide trip with the instructor at the oars and ends with a ½ day guide trip with you at the oars.

Our school can be tailored to each student’s needs or requests. Our instructors have been teaching both private boaters and future guides all over the world, and are used to going the extra distance to meet expectations. You will find that our instructors are passionate about all types of fishing, and won’t hesitate to share their years of experience and knowledge with you.


Who Can Enroll in The Colorado Angler Fly Fishing Guide School?

Guide school is for everyone, from novice weekend warriors to future guides. This program is designed to provide you with the skills and techniques needed to get a head start in fly fish guiding. No prior rafting experience is needed and special equipment is not required.

Even if you have no ambition to become a guide, you will make a giant leap in your fly fishing ability. It is a great way to expand your skills, mastering the basics or expanding your knowledge of general fly fishing, casting, rowing a boat, reading the water, and more.

What’s Included with Fly Fishing Guide School?

The course will provide you with the hours and training required to be a state certified float guide. You will spend a minimum of 50 hours in a boat and learn all aspects of boating safety and oarsmanship. 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.

Topics Covered in Guide & Rowing School?

First Aid Certification • CPR Certification •  Swift Water Rescue Fundamentals • Rigging & Landing • Aquatic Entomology • Fundamentals of Instruction • Client Services • Photography • Knots and Tackle • Record Keeping • Safety Equipment • Commercial Permit Management • And Your First Official Commercial Trip


Location depends on the weather, river volume, season, and requests. We focus on The Colorado River, with one day generally on another one of our permitted rivers or sections. Special location requests can be granted when possible, allowing you to further customize your experience to suit your skills and schedule.


This intensive seven-day course cost is $1,795 per person. A 50% deposit is required to hold your spot, with the balance due at class time.

"Challenging, Immersive and Amazing! "

Josh Petrucci What an amazing experience!

Whether you're looking to guide professionally or you just want the skills to safely run your own boat, guide school is a challenging, immersive and amazing experience... and you get a full week on the water!

~ Josh Petrucci