We have been teaching this course since 1998. It’s one of our all-time favorite things to do…share our heart and soul for the love of rivers! A fly-fishing intensive that will take you to your fly fishing and rowing ambitions. Some women want to become guides, some women want to row their friends, family and themselves! This course is open to women anglers who have a desire to learn to row a drift boat safely and become better anglers.
The school will be held in Ennis, Montana -just west of Bozeman, MT on the Madison River. Your participation will provide a solid platform for expanding your fly-fishing life. You have been warned!
We’ll spend the first day discussing the following topics: Successful professional guide outfitter relationships, angler/guide communications strategies, entomology, guide etiquette, wade fishing strategies, river rescue and safety workshops, how to back up a trailer and of course rowing the drift boat! The next two days are spent rowing and fishing; two ladies with a guide in each boat. Day 4 we add to the mix while floating and fishing; topics on how to teach anglers while guiding are brought on board. On day 5, we put you to the test as a guide with other group members as clients!
At the Guide School we spent, in- depth hours in the world of bugs, knots and boat management which was beyond enlightening. After fishing in the mornings we’d switch places with the guides and row them while they talked us through the drill. The school taught me so much about reading water, where fish hang and river safety -it truly launched my fly fishing story!
Had I not signed on for the Reel Women Guide School I’m not certain my life would have taken the path it did. A seed was planted which has bloomed and grown into the best part of my life -helping women fighting a life threatening disease, experience the ‘letting go’ of fly fishing.
—Peg Miskin, Casting for Recovery
In 2004 I attended the Reel Women Guide School. I had developed a true passion for fly fishing and wanted, more than anything to pursue guiding as a full-time endeavor. The class was everything I could have imagined. The interaction with the other students and the knowledgeable instructors made for a perfect combination. I walked away with a new found confidence. Using the knowledge gained, I purchased a ClackaCraft drift boat, hung out my Southern Brookies shingle and I’ve been in business ever since I give it my highest commendation and full endorsement.
— Susan Thrasher, Southern Brookies
I strongly encourage you to not only attend, but fully immerse yourself into what fly fishing has in store for you This intesive program, along with the patient and helpful instructors helped to form the foundation and paved the way for me to chase my dream of becoming a full time guide. Eachc of us has our own path, and it begins when you are willing to step out of your comfort zone. Grab hold of the knowledge, skills and confidence that Reel Women Guide School offers, and go chase your dream. There is no better place to start!
-Anita Coulton, Cross Current Guide Service, 2019 Orvis Endorsed Outfitter of the Year
We’ll be staying at El Western in Ennis, MT. Timeless and beautifully maintained, the log cabins and lodges of El Western are a unique blend of authentic “Old West” style and modern comfort. Hand-peeled logs and knotty pine paneling with original furnishings compliment the tile baths, thick towels, and fluffy pillows. A stay in genuine Montana log cabins or lodges is a step back in time to the great Montana lifestyle; and a reminder that the world wasn’t always in such a hurry.
We’ll have great homestyle, Montana cooking for breakfast and dinner. Lunches are packed for you on the boat or on the river each day. Beer and wine included.
$2,995 includes all lodging, instruction, days on the water with guides, 3 meals per day and use of all fly-fishing equipment, trucks and trailers and drift boats. In addition, you must have a Montana fishing license which can be purchased online: https://app.mt.gov/als/index/index.html
Fly into the Bozeman, MT airport and drive about an hour to meet us just .7 miles south of Ennis, MT. We are also 70 miles out of West Yellowstone, MT. West does have some daily flights but isn’t as big as Bozeman. If you’ve never seen the park and would like to extend your trip, this is an easy drive and great experience!