How do I become a guide? Should I get a job as a guide? How do I train to be a fishing guide? What skills do I need?
I get these questions all the time on podcast requests, and because I have neither the skills nor the temperament to be a guide, I asked our good friends at WorldCast Anglers, specifically Mike Dawkins, to talk about the guiding life. They should know, as they probably employ more fly-fishing guides than any other operation, and they have also been running a guide school for years. Listen to this week’s podcast about the pleasures and perils of being a fly-fishing guide.
In the Fly Box this week, here are a few of the questions I try to answer:
- How do I land giant alligator gar?
- Where should I put my weight in relation to my tippet ring?
- What are your top three suggestions for teaching someone to fish with a fly rod?
- Should I get a weight-forward or double-taper fly line?
- Can I use tightline nymphing techniques when fishing downstream?
- How do I simplify and lighten up my gear when backpacking?
- I get corrected—a listener has seen seen trout eat adult early black stoneflies and yellow sallies.
- How do I fish a long, clear, shallow stretch with no riffles without spooking fish?
- Is it OK to put a perfection loop in my fly line?
- Can I use a sinking poly leader when indicator fishing?
- Why am I losing fish that I have hooked while fishing nymphs during the winter?
- Why did I not catch fish while fishing nymphs during the winter?
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