West Winds Fly Fishing Guide Training School | OFF Fly Shop

After years of requests we finally launched a Fly Fishing Guide Training School in 2018.  The name West Winds was chosen to honor the tradition and hostory of the shop before it was purchased and the name was changed in 2015.  We never advertised the Guide Training School in 2018 as it filled up just from individual requests.  This year we are opening registration to the school, although we once again have very limited spots for the school as it was over half full even before we made the announcement.

If you've ever been interested in becoming a fly fishing guide this is your chance to have experienced instructors and guides walk you through the ins and outs of the industry, cover the faux pas of our local industry as well as best practices.  One of the most common complaints we hear from local guides is no one is willing to assist new guide development or explain expectations and obligations of both guides and outfitters or shops.

Course Format:

-6 Day 60hr Course 

-The course concludes with participants will do a half day guided trip with a guest and instructor in the boat evaluating them. 

Who is the Course Designed For:

-Individuals looking to Guide for Fly Fishing Lodges, Outfitters or Fly Shops

-Individuals looking to start their own fly fishing guiding and Outfitting Companies

-Individuals who have done some guiding in the past, but want to continue to develop and hone their guiding skills to become more marketable to potential Outfitters, Fly Shops and Lodges

Course Requirements: 

-Participants must hold a valid Drivers license and be at least 16 years of age

-All participants must hold and bring a valid Alberta Fishing License

-A deposit is required to hold a spot in the Guide Training School.  Spots are limited and will sell out, so anyone wanting to participate needs to put down a deposit before a space can be held for them.

How to Register:

To inquire about space and or put down a deposit please call the shop at 403-278-6331.  If you have any other questions or would like more information you can also email us: info@calgarysflyshop.com