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Working As A Fishing Guide

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Persons Outside Organization
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • $241,901

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Fishing Guide does

  • Guided clients for trophy freshwater game fish on private water
  • Provide instructions on proper fly casting and fishing techniques.
  • Experience guiding large groups and specialized hospitality.
  • Fly shop, retail clothing (Barbour, Orvis), Dartmouth Collegeinstruction.
  • Required excellent communication skills and the ability to converse and respond to complex customer needs over multiple-day periods of time.
  • Provided all manner of instruction and knowledge of fly casting, fly selection to Cabela's staff and customers.
  • Placed and completed Purchase Orders and Special Orders while being point of contact for manufacturers and distributors.October 2016- May 2016
  • Guided clients on fly out trips for salmon and trout.
  • Retail sales of clothing and Fly Fishing gear.
  • Guided both first time, and experienced anglers.
  • Transit from Seattle through B.C.
  • Reconciled daily store revenue and completed bank deposits.
  • Guide selection, guide training and trip equipment maintenance and packing.
  • Provided outstanding customer service oriented approach to fly-fishing clients.
  • Guide fly fishing trips on the Yellowstone river and surrounding rivers.
  • Led safe tours for small groups of avid fishermen during eight-hour trips.
  • Provided lead and support guide role to professional fly-fishing trips on the Gunnison River.
  • Escort 1 to 3 guest on 4 to 8 hour fishing trips from first timer to expert skill levels.
  • Guided and narrated wildlife tours providing information on Alaskan history, scenery and wildlife.
  • Use interpersonal skills on daily basis to communicate with clients.

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Average Length of Employment
Hunting Guide 3.4 years
Mountain Guide 3.1 years
River Guide 3.0 years
Fishing Guide 3.0 years
Outdoor Guide 2.3 years
Guide 1.8 years
Top Careers Before Fishing Guide
Internship 12.1%
Manager 7.8%
Technician 6.6%
Guide 6.6%
Server 4.3%
Ranch Hand 3.5%
Instructor 3.5%
Owner 3.5%
Bartender 3.5%
Carpenter 3.1%
Captain 3.1%
Cook 3.1%
Mate 3.1%
Assistant 3.1%
Top Careers After Fishing Guide
Guide 8.2%
Owner 7.3%
Internship 6.4%
Captain 5.9%
Manager 5.5%
Technician 5.0%
Carpenter 4.5%
Volunteer 4.1%
Server 4.1%
Bartender 4.1%

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Fishing Guide Demographics

Gender

Male

90.6%

Female

8.4%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

72.1%

Hispanic or Latino

9.3%

Black or African American

8.8%

Asian

5.9%

Unknown

3.9%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

44.4%

German

33.3%

Arabic

11.1%

French

11.1%
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Fishing Guide Education

Schools

University of Montana

12.8%

Northern Michigan University

8.5%

University of Wyoming

6.4%

University of Oregon

6.4%

Western Carolina University

5.3%

Montana State University - Bozeman

5.3%

Ferris State University

4.3%

University of Alabama

4.3%

University of Colorado at Boulder

4.3%

Sam Houston State University

4.3%

University of Idaho

4.3%

University of Vermont

4.3%

Texas A&M University

4.3%

University of Utah

4.3%

University of Georgia

4.3%

University of Alaska Anchorage

4.3%

Washington State University

3.2%

Western Governors University

3.2%

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs

3.2%

Metropolitan State University of Denver

3.2%
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Majors

Business

22.1%

Environmental Science

11.1%

Wildlife Management

5.5%

Biology

5.1%

Finance

4.6%

Marketing

4.6%

Management

4.1%

Geology

4.1%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.1%

Criminal Justice

3.7%

Mechanical Engineering

3.7%

History

3.7%

Education

3.2%

Elementary Education

3.2%

Zoology

3.2%

Political Science

3.2%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

2.8%

Psychology

2.8%

Environmental Control Technologies/Technicians

2.8%

Kinesiology

2.3%
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Degrees

Bachelors

52.7%

Other

22.1%

Masters

10.0%

Associate

7.6%

Certificate

4.2%

Doctorate

1.7%

Diploma

1.0%

License

0.7%
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Top Skills for A Fishing Guide

  1. Customer Service
  2. Trout
  3. Float
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  • Provided outstanding customer service oriented approach to fly-fishing clients.
  • Instructed clients on fly fishing technique, guided river rafting trips, and fished for giant trout under the Big Sky.
  • Prepared food, equipment, and the clients' for half-day and full-day excursions including float trips and wade trips.
  • Provide instruction for beginning and intermediate level anglers.
  • Worked extensively in the fly shop providing information, advice, recommendations of service and sales of equipment and tackle.

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