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Sweetwater Guide School

Sweetwater’s Guide School is our top pick for anglers and aspiring guides to take their skills to the professional level. With the help of seasoned international guides, students will learn how to interact with clients, how to most effectively give instruction, and most importantly, how to consistently get anglers onto fish. Additionally, these schools will cover knot tying, fish netting, rowing skills, jet boat operation, motor maintenance, and advanced river/water reading. While these schools are a great way to improve one’s own fly fishing skills, they provide a huge leg up for all interested in taking their passion to a professional level. All schools include CPR and First Aid certification.

Each day is spent on the river, drift and jet boat training and will also include client interaction and honing fishing skills.  Specific topics covered include:

  • How to interact with clients
  • How to instruct fly fishing
  • What guests expect of you
  • How to get them into fish
  • What knots to tie
  • How to net fish
  • Guiding strategies
  • Drift boat rowing and fishing
  • Spotting fish
  • Jet boating
  • Motor maintenance
  • Advanced river reading

2020 Dates: Various dates; please call for details

Rate: $2,900 per person for a 7 night/6 1/2 day package

Included: Accommodations and meals at lodge, guided fishing, airport transfers.

Not Included: Airfare, fishing licenses, and alcohol.

Travel Information: Guests should arrange to fly into the Billings, MT airport, where they will be picked up by the Sweetwater Guide School staff.

Recommended Tackle:

Fly Water Travel Favorite All-Purpose Trout Setup:

Rod: 9 ft. 5-weight Sage X (590-4)
Reel: Sage SPECTRUM LT Reel 5/6
Line: RIO Products Perception WF5F
Leader: RIO Products Powerflex Plus Tapered Leader, 9 ft / 4X
Tippet: RIO Products Powerflex Plus Tippet, 4X – 6X

Fly Water Travel Favorite Sink-Tip & Terrestrial Trout Setup:

Rod: 9 ft. 6-weight Sage IGNITER (691-4)
Reel: Sage SPECTRUM LT Reel 5/6
Line 1: RIO Products Grand WF6F
Line 2: RIO Products InTouch Streamertip WF6F/I
Leader: RIO Products Powerflex Plus Tapered Leader, 9 ft / 2X
Tippet: RIO Products Powerflex Plus Tippet, 2X – 4X


To learn more or reserve your space please call Jesse at 800.552.2729

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