Frying Pan Anglers Guide School and Fishing Camp in Colorado on the Frying Pan Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers The camp is and experience for prospective fishing guides as well as a fishing camp for those who want to spend a week just hanging out with some of the best trout fishing guides in North America.  The participants will experience wade and float fishing and guiding experience as well as more sophisticated techiniques include competitive fishing techniques with Brian Capsay a member of the US fly fishing Team, spey casting and other techniquesFrying Pan Anglers Guide School and Fishing Camp in Colorado on the Frying Pan Roaring Fork and Colorado rivers The camp is and experience for prospective fishing guides as well as a fishing camp for those who want to spend a week just hanging out with some of the best trout fishing guides in North America.  The participants will experience wade and float fishing and guiding experience as well as more sophisticated techiniques include competitive fishing techniques with Brian Capsay a member of the US fly fishing Team, spey casting and other techniques. Frying Pan Anglers; a full service fly fishing shop and outfitter based in Basalt Colorado which provides guided fly fishing trips on the frying pan river, roaring fork river, Colorado river  and other rivers in the Basalt area.  Frying Pan Anglers carries fly fishing equipment, with Hardy fly fishing equipment, and fly fishing supplies. It provides regular fishing reports and fly fishing reports for the frying pan river, the roaring fork river and Colorado river in our area.  Frying Pan Anglers is the premier fly fishing and guided fly fishing outfitter for the best quality guides and fly fishing equipment.  Frying Pan Anglers provides a range of fly fishing equipment including orvis, hardy, greys, lamson, ross, galvan, and bauer fly fishing reels.  In addition it carries orvis helios fly rods, hardy, greys, GL Loomis, mystic echo and St Croix fly rods. It is your one stop fly fishing shop and fly fishing outfitter in the frying pan river area for guided float and wade fishing trips and tours. It hosts excellent fly fishing guides and fly fishing tours on the frying pan river and other local waters.  The guides will provide excellent teaching and coaching for clients of Frying Pan Anglers.


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Guide School Syllabus

Below we list the syllabus for each of

Fly Fishing Guiding 101

Fly Fishing Guiding 102

Float Guide Accreditation

 

Fly Fishing Guiding 101

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

There are many complex aspects of fly fish guiding which can only be learned through experience. This course will teach you what guests expect of you, how to interact with clients, how to instruct fly fishing, and, most important, how to get your clients onto fish. You will also learn what knots are best for fly fishing, fly fish guiding strategies, how to safely net fish, how to spot fish in the river, drift boat etiquette on the river, and advanced river reading techniques. This course provides up to 25 hours of float training with a certified instructor (half of the state of Colorado requirement). The course will also include CPR and First Aid certification.

 

B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION

The course will be mostly hands on training on the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, and Colorado Rivers. As well as classroom hours covering knot tying / rigging, resume building, client interactions, interview practice, and job placement help. We will be discussing in groups advanced fly fishing techniques and common guide practices as well as safety on and around the river.


C. COURSE OBJECTIVES

Guide education, time on the water, and hard work result in the best experience for guides and clients. The recipe for a successful fishing guide starts with a strong work ethic, patience, and the desire to work with people. After that, it's equal parts teacher, psychologist, naturalist, entomologist, business owner, and safety consultant.


D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS AND DATES

    Day 1 Meet at House for introduction last about an hour. Wade Guide Instruction on the Frying Pan River, covering shallow nymph rigs, sight nymphing, dry-dropper rigs, double dry fly rigs. Dry fly head hunting to rising fish, dry fly prospecting i.e. casting to structures rather than rising heads, and small river streamer fishing techniques. This will be a full 8 hours.

    Day 2 Review previous days’ teachings – 1 hour, Advanced Fly Fishing Techniques taught on the Frying Pan River, (Chez Nymphing), (Spanish Nymphing), (Polish Nymphing), (French Nymphing), (Euro-Nymphing), and Spey Casting -  4 hours, Cooler Packing strategies as well as food storage practices and full Shore lunch demonstration and packing your kit bag on the Frying Pan River. – 4 hours

    Day 3 Review previous days’ teachings – 1 hour. Float training, Guide role-playing on the Colorado River while floating with instructor, River safety. We will cover deep water nymphing with an indicator, Shallow water bank fishing from a boat. River safety, trailer backing and boat ramp etiquette and procedures. 9 hours on the Colorado River, In the evening we cover Resume building, Interview practice, Job placement help, and Q & A – 3 hours in classroom

    Day 4 Review previous days’ teachings – 1 hour. Float training, Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork River while floating with instructor. Comprehensive streamer fishing from a boat in deep water conditions as well as shallow water fly fishing with streamers. Double Streamer rigs, “chaser” streamer rigs, and egg streamer setups. – 9 hours

    Day 5 Review previous days’ teachings – 1 hour. Float training, Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork River while floating with instructor. Going over river etiquette, how to enter and exit the main current, where its safe and legal to drop anchor, and the proper distance required to have a safe and productive guided fly fishing float trip. Students rowing while instructor helps to sharpen skills in the boat and behind the oars. – 9 hours


E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES

The Textbook is supplied and was written by the owner and lead guide instructor

Supplies and/or tools: Fly fishing rod/reel, terminal tackle i.e. leaders, tippets (2x-6x), weights, indicators, fly boxes. Also needed: fishing pack, net (rubber bag), waders, boots. Hemostats, nippers, floatant, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses.

Fly Fishing Guiding 102

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

Our course is weighed heavily on using the boat as a tool to catch more fish. Guides must be comfortable on the oars, doing everything from getting safely down the river to rowing at the right effectiveness to catch fish. Time is spent on rivers with rapids (up to Class III rapids) and learning the ability to read, navigate, and understand the ever-changing environment of a wild river. Our on-the-water, on-the-oars course curriculum is demanding. You will be challenged in your ability to put your boat onto fish.
 

B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION


You will be put with a certified rowing instructor on both the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. The instruction for this course is all on water, put-in and take out etiquette as well as prepping your boat for a successful and safe guided fly fishing float trip.
 

C. COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will gain the additional 25 hours of rowing with a certified instructor, completing the 50 hours required by the state of Colorado to become a certified float guide. They will understand the governing regulations, equipment requirements and

D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS AND DATES

    Day 1 Float training, Guide role-playing on the Colorado River while floating with instructor. Meet on river, go over boat ramp etiquette and prep boat for full day trip (checking entire boat prior to launch). Understanding Colorado regulations governing training and equipment requirements. Reviewing safety issues and rescues. On river rowing – 9 hours

    Day 2 Float training, Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork River while floating with instructor. Meet on river, you will be learning how to read in detail a wild river and the changes that can occur from day-to-day. Understanding river currents, structure and hazards including rapids. Students will be running class II and class III rapids with instructor explaining the safest way to navigate your clients while getting them onto fish. – 9 hours

    Day 3 Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork river while floating with instructor. Students will be asked to put instructor on fish and guide them simulating a “real” float trip experience. Students will be asked to prep lunch and do all necessary boat checks to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for clients. – 8 hours

E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES

Textbook is supplied and was written by the owner and lead guide instructor.

Supplies and/or tools: Fly fishing rod/reel, terminal tackle i.e. leaders, tippets (2x-6x), weights, indicators, fly boxes. Also needed: fishing pack, net (rubber bag), waders, boots. Hemostats, nippers, floatant, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses.

 

Float Guide Accreditation

A. COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is directed at fishing guides who are already professional guides but who want to upgrade their skills and become certified to qualify as a float guide in Colorado.

The state statutes pertaining to the licensing of river outfitters may be found in Article 32 of Title 33, Colorado Revised Statutes. The regulations adopted by the Colorado Board of Parks and Outdoor Recreation may be found in Chapter 3 - River Outfitters.

Guides will know the Colorado Regulations governing a float guide including boat and equipment requirements.

Guides must be comfortable on the oars, doing everything from getting safely down the river to rowing at the right effectiveness to catch fish. Time is spent on rivers with rapids (up to Class III rapids) and learning the ability to read, navigate, and understand the ever-changing environment of a wild river. Our on-the-water, on-the-oars course curriculum is demanding. You will be challenged in your ability to put your boat onto fish.
 

B. METHOD OF INSTRUCTION


You will be put with a certified rowing instructor on both the Colorado and Roaring Fork Rivers. The instruction for this course is all on water, put-in and take out etiquette as well as prepping your boat for a successful and safe guided fly fishing float trip.
 

C. COURSE OBJECTIVES

Students will complete the 50 hours required by the state of Colorado to become a certified float guide. They will also go over all regulations governing float guides and their equipment requirements.

D. COURSE TOPICS/UNITS AND DATES

    Day 1 Float training, Guide role-playing on the Colorado River while floating with instructor. Review boat ramp etiquette and prep boat for full day trip (checking entire boat prior to launch). Checking all equipment and rigging including equipment for clients. On river rowing – 9 hours

    Day 2 Float training, Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork River while floating with instructor. Learning how to read in detail a wild river and the changes that can occur from day-to-day. Manoevering vessel, understanding currents and eddies, river structure and hazards. Students will be running class II and class III rapids with instructor explaining the safest way to navigate your clients while getting them onto fish – 9 hours

    Day 3 Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork river while floating with instructor. Reviewing safety issues and rescues. Continue to observe river currents, hazards and rapids. Students will be asked to put instructor on fish and guide them simulating a “real” float trip experience. Students will be asked to prep lunch and do all necessary boat checks to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for clients – 9 hours

    Day 4 Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork river while floating with instructor continuing to review all aspects of rowing already covered. Reviewing all equipment requirements and safety issues. Students will be asked to prep lunch and do all necessary boat checks to ensure a safe and comfortable environment for clients 9 hours

    Day 5 Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork river while floating with instructor practising skills 9 hours

    Day 6 Guide role-playing on the Roaring Fork river while floating with instructor practising skills 9 hours

E. TEXTBOOK(S) AND REQUIRED TOOLS OR SUPPLIES

State Regulations.

Supplies and/or tools: Fly fishing rod/reel, terminal tackle i.e. leaders, tippets (2x-6x), weights, indicators, fly boxes. Also needed: fishing pack, net (rubber bag), waders, boots. Hemostats, nippers, floatant, sunscreen, and polarized sunglasses.

 

If you want to join in next time give Cameron a call on 248-388-1649 or send him an email.

 

 

 

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