So You Want to Be a Fishing Guide?

December 22, 2009 By: Marshall Cutchin

It was 1981, my dream was to be a flats guide, and the only advice I got — from a quirky Key West captain (they were all quirky back then) — was to read Thomas McGuane’s Ninety-Two in the Shade. A fantastic book, of course, but all it really did was to make me want to keep a close eye on guys toting big fishing gaffs.
Almost thirty years later, you can actually go to school to learn the profession of guiding, especially if your goal is to be a guide in the western U.S. This week Phil Monahan talks about what it takes to be a fishing guide and how to get the right drift on your new career.

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