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Old 11-20-2001, 02:01 PM
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But I don't want to go back to Montana!!!

OK, I can't find a suitable job here that can keep me busy enough anywhere so it looks like At the first of the year I'll going back to the land of puny 20 inch rainbows and browns.:O(
May not seem that bad to some but i think some people in this forum will understand. Having a week of steelheading here and there just doesn't cut it. Montana is a steelhead bums hell on Earth!

Does anyone know of any fly shops hireing west of the cascades??? Well anywhere not in Seattle?
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Old 11-20-2001, 02:35 PM
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Well sir, if you do end up in Montana it will be our gain. We need some representation in the heart of trout country. Sure there are lots of great trout opportunities in the PNW but if my experience there is any indication of the situation, in 12 years I had a hard time pursuing anything but steelhead and salmon for the most part.

But if I lived in Montana, different story. What gorgeous country it is, and what the trout might lack in overall size they make up for in numbers and the pursuit. Trout fishing is really at the core of flyfishing and although I would surely miss the big tug and screaming drags on Spey rods I'm sure I would spend the time in the mountains as a disciple of the streams.

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Old 11-20-2001, 08:48 PM
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Wish I could help you Rob or could point you in a certain direction..
You could always do what it seems more and more people are doing and that is becoming a fly by night guide. Hell, you should see some of the morons that come in to the shop proclaiming to be a guide. (Juro-I am very tempted at another comment at this moment but I think I'll leave things be, if you know what I mean? )

Go buy a Puma, a couple 9' #8 GL3's, Ross C-5's w/ some extra spools, throw some lines on em and head on out and buy a guide license...

I think it is pretty easy to tell you the truth and you may not have large enough of a customer base to support yourself full-time but it is a great to supplement a part-time job and spend a bunch of time on the river.

Just an idea...
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Old 11-20-2001, 10:33 PM
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Old 11-21-2001, 10:18 AM
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Old 11-23-2001, 04:30 PM
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Rob, call Richard @ Leland Fly Fishing Outfittrs. They have shops in SanFrancisco and Lafayette, CA. They might be looking for help.
Have you talked to the reps? They usually know when someone is hireing. Good luck.
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Old 11-23-2001, 06:59 PM
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Thank you Eddie for the advise. Finding work is not a problem. I have several standing offers in various locations but nothing that keeps me around steelhead.
I just need to do as Ryan suggested bite the bullet cash out my few stocks , buy a boat and start guiding. I have 3 good rivers that I can guide without competition. I just need to convince myself that I will be able to get a couple trips a week.
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You might also consider South America?...guiding that is?? I know that seems as far from Steelhead Country as you can get but you've got sea-run browns and their own bastardized steelhead down there. Have you ever seen tv shows of them fishing for those sea-run brown?!?! Holy Cow...talk about a thrill!!! Imagine fish with the size, the charisma, the speed, the strength and the desire for spending as much time out of the water as in [b]but[/] with the agression of a brown trout.

From what I understand more and more guides are heading down South, way south in the winter to guide. It might take a couple of years to get into the ring to be able to guide down there but if you spent a couple summers in Alaska, pushed your way into the circle you might have a chance to get in with a lodge in S.A.

I know its not a short-term answer but it is an idea for the future.
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Old 11-24-2001, 07:07 AM
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If you are interested in guiding down south, and have not guide befor(for a whole season), Alaska is a good place to cut your teeth. Many of the guides I met down there made their connections in AK.
Pumas are nice(I have one), but you should also take a look at the Morovia. They are sweet.
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