Float Guide Classes 2018-04-30T16:33:03+00:00



Complete Wade Guide School Session


Location: Vail Valley
Season: Session 1 – May 8th-12th – Session 2: May 22nd-26th
Capacity: 12 People per session
Closest Major Air Hub: Eagle, CO
Target Species: Rainbows, Browns, Cutthroat, Brook Trout
Documents Required: State ID or Drivers License to purchase a Colorado Fishing License

Float Guide Class


Float Guide Classes

Minturn Anglers Float Schools are geared towards the experienced wade guide looking to expand his or hers repertoire. Our school is five very full days of instruction and oar time and will provide the participant with the Colorado state requirements for becoming a float guide.

The curriculum is designed for you to become an efficient float guide on the challenging mountain rivers of Colorado. Being able to effortlessly maneuver a boat while people are fishing is an art, doing it safely is mandatory. Every safety aspect of floating for Minturn Anglers is covered, from life jacket requirements, repair kits, rigging, first aid, whitewater rescue, and weather situations.

Rowing a drift boat or raft for fishing is hard work. Being mentally and physically fit are a requirement and we expect all participants to consider this before taking on the challenge of being a float guide in Colorado. Classes are held Monday– Friday and most days are 10-12 hours long and it is not uncommon to cover 12-20 miles each day on the river.

Being prepared is paramount. A fully equipped dry bag, food and large quantities of water are required by each class member. Life jackets can be provided.

“Best fishing shop I’ve come across. I’m fairly new to the fly game – as I come from the salt water. But have been in hundreds of shops along the east coast – Minturn Anglers is on a different level.”

Baer D.

“These guys were great. The took a first time fisherman (me) to the coolest spot on the Blue River in Silverthorne where I caught a huge fish on my second cast. I hooked 5 or 6 in a row before my buddy made me switch places with him. Nice guys, very helpful.”

Bob A.