Fly Fishing Guide School 2018-04-12T17:52:28+00:00

Three Rivers Ranch Fly Fishing Guide School

May 11-18 or October 14-21 | All Inclusive $2100.00 per guide

Interested in becoming a Fly-Fishing guide? Take your passion of fly-fishing to the next level. Three Rivers Guide School is designed to prepare you for a professional career as a fly fishing guide or simply increase your knowledge and skills of the sport.  Learn on the Henry’s Fork, South Fork of the Snake, and other tributaries of the Henry’s Fork in East Idaho.

What You Will Learn:


  • Advanced Fly-Fishing Techniques
    • Casting Techniques
    • Reading The Stream
    • Presentation
    • Wading Techniques
    • Learn on the Legendary Henry’s Fork and South Fork of the Snake River
  • Managing Client Relationships
    • Building relationships with clients
    • Exploring different teaching styles
    • Maintaining a client list
  • Rules and Regulations
    • Fish & Game
    • IOGA
    • Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, & Yellowstone Park
  • Equipment, Teaching and Etiquette
    • Purchase, Store & Maintain Equipment
    • Teaching novice to experienced anglers
    • Guide Etiquette & Conduct
  • Safety First
    • CPR & First Aid Certification
    • Rescue Procedures, Handling Emergency Situations
  • Outdoor Education and History
    • Entomology
    • Flora & Fauna
    • Geology
    • Names & History of the area Mountain, Rivers, & Lakes
  • Knot Tying
    • Basic and advanced knots
    • Tips on quick changes for clients and how to maneuver boat safely in this situation
  • Rowing Progression
    • Reading the water
    • Putting your client in the right place
  • Guide Opportunities. 
    • Resumes, Contacting Outfitters, & Landing a Job
  • Learn Three Rivers Ranch Trade Secrets
  • Included in the TRR Guide School:
    • Airport Transportation
    • Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner
    • Accommodations in our Robinson Lodge
    • Open Bar at graduation!
    • Lot’s More!

What makes Three Rivers Ranch different?

  • We have 5 locations throughout the State of Idaho
  • Orvis Lodge Of The Year.
  • Orvis Guide Of The Year & Fly-Fishing Legend Doug Gibson, a 40+ year veteran.
  • We are a 4th Generation family-owned business & have been in business for nearly 100 years.
  • Several guides have been with us for over 20 years.
  • We maintain a 90% return rate over a two-year period.
  • We have several 3rd and 4th Generation Family guests.


Anyone can take our guide school.  It’s built for any fly fishing fanatic that wants to learn more about the sport, fish better, row a boat, start a new career, or simply have a life changing experience!  What are you waiting for?

Guide School – Sample Schedule

Arrival Day, Meet the Instructors, Course Handouts, Overview

Arrive at Three Rivers Ranch in Warm River, Idaho.  Get settled in, if you have a chance, go wading up Warm River or Robinson Creek.  You’ll get a chance to meet the guides / instructors and we’ll go over the entire course.

First Aid / CPR, Introduction to Drift Boats, Keeping Clients Safe on the water; tips & techniques, Knots, Wading & Casting Lessons (on the water), & Outdoor Photography.

Safety first.  We’ll get you Red Cross Certified in First Aid/AED/CPR.  Not all courses are certified by Red Cross and some states will require it.  After that, we’ll go over the technical aspects of a drift boat.

Client safety is the biggest and most important thing you’ll learn.  We’ll go over a few things you need to do to keep everyone safe in your boat.  We will go over some tips on how to take better fishing pictures, how to correctly hold a fish (preferrably in the water), and other outdoor photography tips.  The remainder of the day we will be on the water learning knots, casting & wading techniques.

A quick note: If you’re already “good to go” on some of these lessons, you’ll quickly be checked off and we’ll move on to other things…  Also, our class is catered to teaching you how to teach people how to enjoy the day fly fishing, so emphasis will be given to that.

On the water day – Rowing Progression; drift boats, trailers, vehicle demands, fishing gear setups, client safety, stream etiquette, reading the stream.

We will pair 2 students to one guide.  We will probably be on the Henry’s Fork of the Snake River, the location will be dependent on the rowing ability.  You will learn a majority guide skills on the water.  A few lessons will be taught everyday on the water others will be highlighted and emphasised as needed throughout the course.  Guiding is a skill and art that is learned in the field and not in a classroom.


On the water day – Rowing Progression; holding the bank, reading the stream, knot tying on the water, client safety, & stream etiquette. Flora, Fauna, Geology, & History.

You will be paired with the appropriate guide.  We will be on the water all day.  After you learn the basics, you will learn and practice how to hold the bank and other techniques to help you row the boat in different conditions.

Each night we will return to the Robinson Lodge, have dinner and will relax by tying flies or plaing some pool.

Rules & Regulations, Client Relationships, Entomology. On the Water – Rowing Progression, client relationships, work ethic on the water, match the hatch.

We will go over a few classroom activites in the morning.  Rules and regulation is at the heart of our industry.  You’ll learn a little bit about each agency in multiple states and how to keep everyone happy.  We will work on maintaining client relationships, and will finally wrap up with an Entomology presentation.

The rest of the day will be on the water focusing on rowing progression, work ethic, and matching the hatch.

Guiding Opportunities, Client Relationships on the Water, Class Overview. On the water – Personalized day catered to individual needs. Graduation Party (open bar).

For the students that are interested in guiding as a career, we will go over how to land a job, resumes & cover letters.  We will go over the entire course and then we will get out on the water.  The remainer of the day is catered to the individual students needs.  After that, we’ll have a graduation party with an open bar!

Final Interview, Critiques, Recommendations.

Before you leave, we’ll go over your final interview.  What you did great, what you need to improve on, and how to move forward.

Airport shuttles to and from Idaho Falls Airport (IDA) are included with your tuition.  You are more than welcome to rent a car or hitch a ride from someone else.  Let us know how we can help.