Fly Fishing Guide School Courses with RIGS offers quality training in fly fishing, float fishing and whitewater guides. Our proximity to a diversity of waters is what makes our guides so versatile. We have access to a multitude of waters including technical tailwaters, remote float fishing sections, freestone rivers and high alpine streams. In addition to great resources, we pride ourselves on exploring the diversity that fly fishing has to offer. Participating in RIGS Guide training will give you a versatile foundation to begin your career.
This private 1-Day intensive course provides you with a better understanding of the river’s dynamics including hydrology, reading the water, environmental considerations and the hazards associated with recreational & commercial river rafting/drift boating. Learn how to successfully row/navigate an oar boat successfully down the river on your own! Gain valuable skills, safety, rescue, and recovery techniques. The focus of this course is to educate future oars people on river fishing.
What is provided on a Full Day Private Drift Boat ROW Course?
- Personalized Instruction – Your instructor will tailor the day to meet your row course goals; giving you the individualized time to improve your technique and get the most out of your row course.
- Expand Your Understanding of Rowing and River Dynamics – Gain insight from guides with years of experience that are passionate about teaching boating skills.
- Get Tips on Safety, Reading the Water and Hydrology – Our guides have years of boating knowledge and want to share it with you!
- Riverside Lunch
Things to Consider on your Private Drift Boat ROW Course:
- Think About Your Goals – What do you want to get out of your course, communicate with staff ahead of time. Let them know what you’d like to focus on during your course (i.e. learning to navigate better, focus on safety techniques, boat positioning, fishing tactics, etc.). We cater our courses to our client’s wants & needs.
- Timing – While this course is available almost all year long, there is a short period during peak runoff in the late Spring when it is unsafe to operate a drift boat. Discuss the best time for your course with our reservations specialists.
Hunting and Fishing Licenses are available at RIGS Full Service Fly Shop. However, we encourage you to purchase Fishing & Hunting Licenses Online prior to your trip to save time and hassle. When purchasing a Division of Wildlife License, the State requires your driver’s license or id, social security number, height, weight, and phone number.
*PLEASE NOTE: In order to legally fish in the State of Colorado, anyone 16 years or older must possess a valid Colorado State Fishing License. Fishing licenses can be purchased at our Full-Service Fly Shop, or you can conveniently purchase them online through the Colorado Parks and Wildlife website. The cost of the fishing license is not included in trip prices. Licenses can be purchased for periods of one day or more.
This clinic is designed to provide beginner anglers with the essential understanding of gear, introduction to flies and basic skills (knot tying and casting). This is not a “catching fish” clinic (even though on the 4 Hour clinic you may catch fish), but an instruction based seminar designed to help you become more acquainted with a basic fly fishing understanding. This course takes place at the Fly Shop and is divided into three different components: Equipment/Terminal Tackle Review, Fly selection, Basic Knots, and Casting Technique.
What is provided on a Fly Fishing Clinic?
Beginner Clinic: 2 Hours – Not on the water (Casting and Classroom)
- Fly Fishing Equipment – All necessary items are included in the worry-free clinic. We recommend bringing the following items: notebook/pen, a bottle of water, snack, polarized sunglasses, and a good attitude!
- Learn Essential Skills – Everything you need to begin your exploration in becoming a fly-fisher.
- Start Your Understanding of Fly Fishing – Gain the basic mechanics of navigating a fly shop for information and the essential gear that is used in fly fishing with insight from guides with years of experience that are passionate about teaching fly fishing.
- Understand the Tools of the Trade – Find out which fly fishing equipment is needed to get you started fishing on your own.
Beginner to Intermediate: 4 Hours – On the water
For the beginner to intermediate angler, this course is specifically focused on “On-the-Water Techniques.” You will spend four hours with one of our professional guides, learning the necessary techniques associated with catching trout: streamers, line mending, reading the water, advanced nymphing, casting techniques, and more.
Things to Consider on your Walk-In Fly Fishing Clinic:
- 2 Hour Clinics are first come, first serve – a maximum class size of 3 participants.
- 4 Hour Clinics are first come, first serve – a maximum class size of 2 participants.
- Clinics do not Replace Guided Trips – they are to give you an introduction to the skills and tools to get out on the water, but will not give you the same on-the-water time that a guided trip offers.