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Fly Fishing Guide School

Guide School on the Pit River
May 5-13 2018 ~ $1595

Aspiring guides have many options when it comes to guide schools. Take a closer look, though, and you will quickly discover that most of these programs are either rowing schools or week-long fishing trips masquerading as schools. The Confluence Outfitters Guide School is a true guide school for aspiring guides only.

We will teach you what you need to know to succeed as an independent guide or as part of a team of guides working for a fly shop, lodge or outfitter. Field sessions include dry fly and nymphing techniques for spring creeks and freestone rivers, teaching casting, and rowing a drift boat. Classroom sessions include first aid, marketing yourself, guide licenses, liability & permits, teaching and learning styles, and how to make a living as a fishing guide.

Our goal is to give you a solid foundation of fly fishing skills, the ability to teach those skills in a guided fishing or clinic environment, and the knowledge to chart a course toward becoming a successful fly fishing guide. During this intense 7-day program you will be exposed to many guides with varying perspectives on their profession. You will learn the techniques used to catch selective trout wherever they’re found. Most importantly, you’ll get plenty of chances to be the guide and learn what it’s all about.

The lead instructors for the Confluence Guide School are Andrew Harris, Gino Bernero and Dax Messett. This team has taught over one hundred aspiring guides over the past ten years of running guide schools.
For more information, please call Andrew Harris at 530-632-3465

Testimonials from our Guide School Participants

"Have been meaning to shoot you an email for a few months now and thank you and the Confluence crew for all the help getting me a job in the industry. I have been working at Fin and Fire out of Redmond Oregon since March. During that time I have been working in the shop and have done a handful of four-day floats on the lower Deschutes, Trout Creek to Maupin stretch, working as swamp guy and bagger. Best job I have ever had. I am working on getting my guide license and will be doing some day trips on the Crooked this year and next year will continue bagging and hopefully guiding on the Deschutes. The school has payed for itself a hundred times over in my mind. I have stayed connected with my classmates from the school and we have fished a few times since and have plans to fish again. Really appreciate all the knowledge you guys passed down as well as a reference that honestly got me my job."
Dylan Hartsell, class of 2016
"The week at guide school was better than I had anticipated. I knew I was going in green as a fly fisherman and my expectation was simply to learn as much as possible. However, I was impressed and grateful for everyone’s kindness and patience and the thoroughness of the program. Dax and Gino are excellent teachers and efficient in their methods. They are lots of fun to be with as well. As a person who enjoys learning new concepts, this was a great week."
Andreas Fuhrmann, class of 2015
"I had a great time at the guide school and learned new things every day. Accomodations were perfect... Quiet, clean and close to our daily meeting point. What a fun guy to have around! I am really impressed by the Confluence operation and the quality of people you have gathered to form your team. Everyone was first class, patient, and highly knowledgeable in all facets of fly fishing and guiding. Even more importantly they are excellent instructors and passionate about their craft...very inspiring. They set a standard of professionalism and mastery that we can strive for as we pursue our goals and begin to form our own identities in this industry. I was very impressed. Instruction based guiding is what I want to do, and one of the main reasons why I chose this pursuit of becoming a guide. I enjoy helping people improve and the lasting connections that result from that dynamic. Confluence was the perfect school for me. Your team of instructors were very helpful in discussing realistic, specific and attainable goals for me to set and achieve. Invaluable...thank you again. I loved it."
Casey Cloud, class of 2015
"I can say without hesitation your money is well spent going to guide school, in particular Confluence Outfitters. My instructors were Andrew Harris, Tom April, and Gino Bernero, all leading fly fishing guides for Northern California and Southern Oregon. I will be the first to admit I was intimidated by the whole scenario. Your teaching and fishing skills are under the microscope and on display, but that said, the guides make you feel at ease and the week becomes a fantastic learning experience. Confluence will show you teaching progressions for casting and problem solving. The best part of the week? Being able to explore and fish new water. The core of the guiding school is having water such as the Fall, Pit, McCloud, Hat, Burney, and the Lower Sac Rivers as the classroom. Each river has a unique personality and specialized techniques to fish effectively, knowledge that you file away in the memory banks for the future. Attending a school also lends credibility to your guiding aspirations. It means you are serious about your profession. Your clients pick up on your confidence and skill sets. They need to feel like the money they've spent to hire you is well spent. I learned so much from Confluence Outfitters and honestly, I don't have any negative comments to offer."
Jim Stimson, class of 2013
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