Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School

2024 Dates and Info

*First School: May 3rd – 11th (SOLD OUT)

*Second School: May 17th – 25th (SOLD OUT)

*Third School: May 31st – June 8th (SOLD OUT)

*Fourth School: September 27th – October 5th

*$3795.00 per person, all inclusive

*$3195.00 per person, not including food and lodging

WorldCast Anglers’ Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School is an immersive, intense seven-day course, which takes place in Victor, Idaho just outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, an area with an amazing variety of world famous, blue ribbon trout water. The school is intended for those who wish to begin a career as a professional fly fishing guide, an aspiring member of the professional fly fishing community or an avid angler looking to extend their own personal fly fishing knowledge. It is a very unique school and one which truly prepares you for a life on the water — guiding.

A Legacy of Teaching

The Western Rivers Guide School is the oldest school of its kind in the United States or for that matter, the world. Founded in 1986 by Vern Bressler (owner and operator of Bressler Outfitters), the school was intended to teach aspiring guides to row a drift boat safely, using it as a tool to catch fish on large, western rivers – a principle and goal that still lies at the core of the contemporary curriculum. The curriculum has evolved immensely since 1986 with innovation and adaption to a modernized and evolving sport and profession. What has not changed much over the years are the faces and personalities who teach the school as well as the shared passion to educate and open a world of opportunity to others. The group of WCA guides and instructors who participate in this storied school average 28 years of guiding experience and most of them have been teaching this curriculum for 20+ years. The amount of knowledge and experience of this group is without equal in the fly fishing industry and is only matched by their interest and ability to educate.

Fly Fishing Guide School
Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School

Learn from Guiding and Industry Experts

WorldCast Anglers offers four schools per season, and each school consists of two days of classroom activities and five days on the water. The classroom activities, an important aspect of the school, establish the foundation of your experience. Our guest speakers, experts, and instructors give you their own perspective on the multitude of facets that make up guiding. A business owner, an entomologist, a group of casting instructors, a whitewater expert, a naturalist, and a conservation representative will cover everything from knot tying to whitewater rescue to cold water conservation to the business side of the profession as well as many other essential skills of a fly-fishing guide.

Five Days of Rowing Progression

For the five days on the water, WCA has hand-picked five of our most experienced and knowledgeable guides to conduct the rowing progression. They are simply the best at what they do and have been teaching this course longer than most guides at other guide schools have been guiding. Our rowing progression is a constant work in progress that has evolved over 35 years of teaching and practice, covering the practical secrets and tactics for rowing a drift boat safely and efficiently while putting anglers in the best position to catch fish.

Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School

Maximum Time on the Water

River days consist of three day trips and a two day, overnight trip on the famed South Fork of the Snake River, during which we will row and fish twenty-six miles of the Canyon Section and stay at the WorldCast Anglers “South Fork Hilton” — enjoying a great dinner, roaring fire, and fishing stories. This school has a defined educational purpose but it will also be one of the most fun seven day experiences you have ever had – something our thousands of previous students can all agree upon.

Drift Boat Tactics and Safety

Specific fishing tactics from a drift boat come to the forefront of the School during the river days. From dry-fly to nymph to streamer fishing, we will cover it all – the proper rod set up, the correct depth, and recognition of good trout habitat. We will also cover tippet, leader, backing, fly lines, rods, reels, waders, sunglasses, nets, and everything else to ensure guide and client success on the water.

Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School
Fly Fishing Guide School

Graduation and Diploma of Completion

At the end of the School, all of the students who finish the course will receive a diploma of completion, which represents a great accomplishment and a head-start toward a career in guiding. Instructors will also award a diploma of “Guide School Certification” to students who have excelled throughout the School and who are ready to guide wherever they chose at that very moment. Students can use these diplomas for job placements locally or across the globe. WorldCast Anglers has placed guides in the best destinations in the world from Alaska to the Rocky Mountain West to the Catskills to the Seychelles.

ORVIS Endorsed School

Our school is Orvis Endorsed and world renown. Eighty-five percent of our graduates find jobs guiding. Fly fishing guides can earn a great living, pay back any investment they make in boats and equipment, and live and work in some of the most beautiful locations anywhere. This school is a competitive advantage for all those looking to separate themselves from the rest of the pack and find a job in the industry that matches their level of experience and expectations.

Western Rivers Fly Fishing Guide School

Contact WorldCast Anglers for more information on the Western Rivers Guide School including availability and detailed course description. Contact WorldCast Anglers via Email or phone 800-654-0676.