Guides School





A select few get the opportunity to live their passion and even fewer get to make it their profession. The Fly Fishing guide market is very competitive and difficult to break into without proper training or a good connection. Experience is important when you are trying to land a good job and The Guides Company Guide School will provide you with the necessary training to get you that first job in the world of fly fishing guiding.




The Guides Company instructors are internationally acclaimed guides and they have guided, traveled and fished in some of the most remote destinations on the planet. They are experts in both fresh and saltwater fly-fishing and can teach you everything you need to know about becoming a fly-fishing guide.



Arno Matthee

Arno was one of the first guides to work on the now world renowned Alphonse Atoll in the Seychelles where he decoded the one species of fish which kept fly anglers guessing for the last 40 years, the milkfish. Arno’s fly-fishing travels has led him to various international destinations such as The Seychelles, Mongolia, North America, South America, Europe, Zambia, Botswana, Angola, Gabon, Mozambique, Kenya, Namibia, Tanzania, and Sao Tome and Principe.












In order to be a good guide you need to be a good fisherman. The Guides Company Fly Fishing School can teach you the

complex aspects and skills that can only be learned through experience and time on the water. Learning these skills will enable you to demonstrate your abilities, to know your fishery intimately, and to give your client proper instruction. We will teach you how to interact with clients and expose you to the guide client experience during your training. You will learn the everyday responsibilities of a top international guide, what clients expect of you and how to get your clients into fish. We will teach you how to plan a fishing day, identify new potential areas and use key indicators to know what to do when faced with new waters. Motorized boats are commonly used in fly-fishing guiding in African rivers and other fly-fishing guiding worldwide. Having the necessary boat skills will greatly increase your chance of getting a job. You will be equipped and with skills that very few if any new guides have when first applying for a guiding job.

The Guide’s Company and Guide School is affiliated with several international lodges, operators and tackle sponsorships. You will learn how to prepare an application for a top international guiding job and we will supply the necessary references to ensure that you stand the best chance of getting that dream job!


  • Fly-fishing skills
  • Guiding skills
  • Client interaction
  • Fly-tying
  • Knot tying and rigging
  • Reading water and understanding fish species
  • Food chain assessments
  • Fly selection
  • Guiding strategy
  • Fly casting and teaching techniques
  • Fly fishing photography
  • Powerboat training
  • Boat maneuvering skills
  • Trip planning and costing
  • Gear checklists
  • Safety
  • CV planning


The Guide School limits the number of students on every course to increase the quality of tuition from instructors to students. Students wishing to apply to the school must bear this in mind as spaces are filled quickly. Trainee guides must already have some fly-fishing experience and must be 18 years or older. Students must be able to communicate in English and they must possess a valid passport for travel.The Guides Company has a Scholarship that is up for grabs; the candidate that qualifies for the scholarship will receive a contract from The Guides Company, and guide with the team in some of the wildest, most remote and beautiful fisheries on the planet.

The following requirements need to be completed before the course:

  • Level 1 First Aid
  • CPR course





A typical day starts at 05:30 and we are off the water at 18:30 in the evening. We will spend the majority of time on the water, honing your fishing and guiding skills. The evenings will be spent planning fishing sessions, tying flies, tying knots, watching fly fishing videos and of course, telling fishing stories.







Depart Johannesburg South Africa early morning 6am. It will be a 6 hour drive to the lodge, arriving at about 12am. A lunch will be served, and then there will be time to settle in to the rooms.

A welcome and a safety briefing, followed by tackle, boat preparation, and casting, conservation handling of fish


Introduction to guiding preparationfollowed by a safety Briefing, river boat training, reading the river, and guiding techniques.


Safety briefing,guiding preparation, client briefing,River boat training, Fly selection & Fly-tying, entomology


Guiding preparation,River boat training,
Client interaction, guiding skills training, and Knot tying


River techniques, Power boat training, Client instruction, Briefing training,planning fishing day training


Advanced river techniques,photography


Guides planning fishing day- test, Guides briefing- test,
Guides guiding- test


Final interview, Course ends.

More Info

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