RE:EARN IT OR BUY IT?
Count me out on the letter. I know exactly who you are referring to and personally, I have no problem with it at all. In my opinion, he isn't doing anything that some of the local flyshops aren't doing for free.
As I understand it, these schools entail much discussion about hooks, knots, and fly types. While there is instruction on types of water to fish, I don't believe that much time is given to location of honey holes.
For what its worth, a fishing buddy of mine took one of the Sky classes last year. His comment to me was that he has learned more about the river from floating with another friend and myself than he learned at the school.
I may be wrong but I am guessing that most of the people who pay for these schools are just getting started. More power to them! We were all there at one time. (And somedays, like this spring, I for one still feel like a novice.)
As for "finding people standing in his spots". That is a fact of life. Actually, I would see a benefit to the schools in that hopefully, the students are taught proper etiquette so that they take their turn at a run and move on.
Enough of my pontificating. Welcome to the board! You will find a good group of guys here and some pretty damn good steelheaders. Glad you did well at the end of the season. It was a slow one overall so I'm happy to hear some people got some good hookups.
Heres hoping for some summer runs!
There is no substitute for time on the water.