FISHING GUIDE SCHOOL ITINERARY

Montana fishing guide school itinerary

Course Itinerary

Only 2 students accepted for each class
8 Full days $2895.00 Lodging and meals $1500
First session March 15th - April 10th
Second session September 15th - October 10th
contact for dates and reservations

Arrival Day
5:00pm
Arrive at Montana Hunting & Fishing Adventures Home Base Hamilton, MT
7:00pm
Dinner, Meet the Instructors, Distribute course curriculum, Course expectations.

Day One:
(the first full day will be spent in the classroom
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am
Introduction to Course & Orientation

9:00am - 12:00pm
First Aid/CPR training

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Continuation of first aid/cpr training and certification.

4:00pm – 6:00pm
Requirements for guiding, Insurance, paper work and forms familiarization of Montana Board of Outfitters regulations, FWP regulations and client safety.

6:00pm – 7:00pm
Knot tying and equipment set up Western/Tenkara

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner, meal planning for following day. accommodating client dietary needs.

Day Two:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30pm
Travel (discussion driving and passenger comfort & safety

8:30am – 12:00pm
Field Study and Practical Application- (Bitterroot River East Fork) walk and wade stream basics, client safety.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch, Proper stream side meal presentation walk & wade.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
Stream side ecology and entomology

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Casting instruction Western/Tenkara

5:00pm - 7:00pm
Travel (Classroom) Guide and client relations, how to market yourself as a professional.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner, meal planning for following day

Day Three:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 8:30pm
Introduction to Rafts and Trailers safety and pre trip inspection

8:30am - 9:00am
Travel (discussion Trailer towing and backing safety)

9:00am - 9:30am
Boat and angler prep and launching.

9:30am - 12:00pm
Field Study and Practical Application- (upper Bitterroot River) Large freestone river navigation, boat safety, watercraft operation and river etiquette.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch, Proper stream side meal presentation Float trip.

1:00pm - 3:00pm
How to read the water and get your client into fish.

3:00pm - 5:00pm
Western/Tenkara fishing techniques

5:00pm - 7:00pm
(Classroom) how to plan and prepare for multi day travel trips, overview and preparation for camping trips, equipment overview and camping equipment function.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner, meal planning for following day (how to provide quality meals during campouts)

Day Four:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 12:00pm
Field Study and Practical Application- (Bitterroot River) Medium freestone river navigation and boat safety, entomology and ecology variances on medium freestones,

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch on the river

1:00pm - 4:00pm
Watercraft operation and field repair, scenic float trips and nature viewing, setting up a stream side camp.

4:00pm - 7:00pm
(Classroom/Camp) camping safety/survival and wildlife awareness, first aid/CPR review, camp etiquette and accommodating special needs.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner and meal planning for following day (back country cooking)

Day Five:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast (Camp meal preparation and dietary restrictions)

8:00am - 10:00am
(Classroom/Camp) camp break down, cleanup and packing.

10:00am - 12:00pm
Field Study and Practical Application- (Bitterroot River) advanced field repair, advanced rowing techniques, advanced casting techniques

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch on the river

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Reading larger rivers.

5:00pm - 7:00pm
(Classroom) fly tying; streamers, dry flies, nymphs and still-water flies.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner, meal planning for following day

Day Six:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 12:00pm
Field Study and Practical Application- (West Fork of the Bitterroot River) tail water ecology and entomology, fish habitat identification.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch on the river

1:00pm - 5:00pm
special considerations for walk and wade clients, playing fish/netting strategies.

5:00pm - 7:00pm
(Classroom) networking in the industry, developing and maintaining a customer base, finding jobs and meeting employment expectations, review of Montana Board of Outfitters license requirements and regulations.

7:00pm - 8:00pm
Dinner (dinner hosting guest/practical application of networking skills and building rapport)

Day Seven:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 9:00am
Travel (discussion what are your concerns or insecurities, what do you feel are your week points if any) Field testing and Practical Application Exams- (Blackfoot River) Final Testing and Critical Evaluation of boat operation and maneuvering, fly casting techniques, becoming a guide.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch on the river

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Continue testing and practical application exams; fly selection and identification, mock medical emergency response drill,

5:00pm - 6:00pm
(Classroom) Course overview and remedial training opportunities.

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Graduation dinner party and award of diplomas for successful graduates.

Day Eight:
7:30am - 8:00am
Breakfast

8:00am - 12:00pm
Prepare professional resume, complete paperwork and documentation required for guiding. Remedial training opportunities.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Lunch

1:00pm – 4:00pm
Remedial training opportunities and departure.

**Top level graduates may be given the opportunity to continue their education and gain valuable on the job training guiding with Montana Hunting and Fishing Adventures.**

IX. Additional Resource Readings

Montana State fishing regulations
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Statutes
Statutes and rules relating to outfitters issued by the Mon
tana Board of Outfitters
International Federation of Fly Fishers CCI Study pack that includes: "Observations on Teaching Fly Casting" booklet, "The Essentials of Fly Casting" booklet and the casting instructor preparation DVD
Orvis Vest Pocket Guide to Leaders, Knots, & Tippets
Pocket Guide to Western Hatches by Dave Hughes
The Orvis Streamside Guide to Trout Foods and Their Imitations by Tom Rosenbauer
Orvis Fly-Tying Guide by Tom Rosenbauer
Guide's Guide Augmented Book (The A to Z on becoming and perfecting the art of professional river running. Includes information on trip tips, company policies, first aid kits, and food planning guides.) by William McGinnis

 

Orvis Endorsed Fly Fishing Guide

James Mitchell
MT Outfitter # 9961
(406)363-3510
Cell (406)360-7238
870 Sleeping Child Road Hamilton, MT 59840
jim@montanahuntingfishingadv.com
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