'Guiding for the Future' Program Educates Fly Fishing Guides in Montana

‘Guiding for the Future' Program Educates Fly Fishing Guides in Montana

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A conservation-focused educational program aims to create a community of fly fishing guides dedicated to respecting the resource.

Fly fishing is booming,especially on the blue-ribbon rivers of Montana.TheFishing Outfitters Association of Montana— aptly abbreviated as FOAM — responded to this new growth with a certification program that will inform experienced guides on the principles of sustainable watershed and fisheries conservation.

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Guiding for the Future

Aerial shot of Paradise Valley in Montana

Guiding for the Future(G4F) is a continuing education program developed around four principles: knowledge,professionalism,ethics,and stewardship.The program is in its first year and compriseseight online modulesthat cover a swath of subjects,from entomology to fish ecology and increased professional skills.The guides will also attend a 3-day field practicum in Montana's Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.Finally,upon completion of the course,guides and outfitters will be credentialed with a G4F certification.

G4F aims to build on the experience that already exists on the water.Guides and outfitters need at least 3 years of experience in order to apply for the program.

Applicationsmust be received by March 25,2019. The online modules will open up on April 1,culminating in the 3-day practicum May 6-8.

Based in Montana,Nicole Qualtieri is vwin徳赢网GearJunkie's Hunt/Fish Editor.She's an avid outdoorswoman,and you can find her anywhere from the back of a good horse in Whitefish to solo hunting the breaks of Montana,to backpacking with her border collie in the Absarokas.