Fly Fishing Guide Certification

Become a Professional Fly Fishing Guide at Colorado Mountain College Leadville

The professional fly fishing guide certification program at Colorado Mountain College is a six-week summer program in Leadville, CO with housing options available. Students are immersed in all things fly fishing, including:

  • Fly tying
  • Entomology
  • Business skills
  • Guiding techniques

The fly fishing industry has grown significantly in recent years, as has the need for qualified, professional guides. Many guiding businesses have established year-round clientele, creating a continual need for guiding staff.

Students completing this program will receive a Fly Fishing Guide Certificate of Completion from Colorado Mountain College.

Gold Medal Waters

Colorado Mountain College is located near some of the nation's best fly fishing. The fly fishing guide program includes outdoor classes on headwaters of the Arkansas River, a popular destination for fly fishing enthusiasts around the country.

Nearby are other highly regarded rivers like the Frying Pan, Roaring Fork, Colorado and the South Platte. Several pristine high alpine lakes are also located near campus as well as the well-stocked Spinney Mountain and Antero reservoirs.

Where can I go from here?

The fly fishing guide certification program is designed to provide you with the skills and techniques needed to get a head start in fly fish guiding. In addition, you will be provided the basic skills to start your own business.

All or part of this operation is conducted on Public Lands and Waters under special permits and agreements from the U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife.