guide academy

Welcome to Hubbard's Guide Academy. We are a fly fishing guide school operating at our Orvis fly fishing lodge in Montana. Our week long fly fishing guide school will take you down the Yellowstone River, fly fishing in Yellowstone National Park, and learning the fly fishing business. We will help you make a living in the greatest office ever!

  • 7 nights, six days - $2000
      Lodging and meals included. Transportation to and from Bozeman (BZN) airport is $150. We accept check, PayPal, and major credit cards. Additional cost is about $60 for licenses and Yellowstone Park entrance fees. Beer and wine available at additional cost.
  • VA / GI Bill®
      We are happy to say that we are a part of the GI Bill®. The student will apply for benefits online and we will apply on our end. Students will pay a $500 deposit rather than $1000 and at the end of the school, HGA will receive $1500 from the VA and the student will receive $400 for room and board from the VA. We are happy to help with the process.
  • Lodging and meals included
      Lodging and all meals are included. Lodging is double occupancy. Two students per room. Two twin beds and private bath for every room. Lodging is on the shore of Merrell Lake for easy fishing access. If you would like to fish rivers or creeks outside of class you should plan on driving to those spots. Breakfast is a buffet with fruit, pastries, bacon, etc. And made to order eggs, pancakes, and waffles. Lunch is normally on the water - Sandwich, salad, fruit, dessert, chips, drinks. Dinner varies from a steak dinner to pizza. Lunch and dinner are taken with the lodge employees so you will get a real feel for what it is like to work at a lodge.
  • Résumé building and job placement assistance
      We will talk about résumés, compensation, and getting a job during the school and continue to help with job placement after the school. Guiding is not a regular job - students are going to have to work to get days and be flexible. We will help with each step. Don't hesitate to contact us for more information about what it is like to work as a guide.
  • Learn to conduct casting clinics
      We will work on your casting to establish solid fundamentals and to teach advanced techniques. We will also teach you how to teach others. Students learn how to conduct a beginner's clinic - casting basics, mending, setting the hook, and playing fish. Students will learn how to diagnose casting problems such as tailing loops and bad timing. We teach advanced techniques like the double haul, reach casts, roll casts, tuck casts, etc.
  • Entomology and pattern selection
      Students will learn how to select patterns that best fit the situation. Learn to read the water, the client(s), the weather, and the bugs to help select the best pattern. We will work on entomology - species id, life cycles. There are fly tying stations for the students.
  • Learn to row a drift boat
      In the evening after class, guide school students will watch videos and row drift boats on Merrell Lake. We will also spend two full days on the Yellowstone River. There will be two students and one instructor per boat. Students will split the rowing duties and be responsible for lunch. We cover a lot of information on these days - be ready! You will learn how to row, anchor, manage time, trailer boats, etc. And proper flyfishing techniques, mends, casting angles, etc.
  • Equipment discounts from our shop
      We give a 20% discount or more on all items in the shop except licenses and entrance fees. We will extend the discount after the school, also. Our goal is that our students can afford the gear they need to be successful guides.
  • Classes are in the prime fishing season
    • Classes are run from July to early September. You will experience realistic conditions while you are learning. And prime fishing! Click here for dates
  • 4 students per class - all skill levels and ages
    • Our small class sizes allow us to accomodate all skill levels and ages. Some of our best students have come to us with practically no flyfishing experience. Our small classes allow us to provide individualized instruction for our students. Students under the age of 18 will have to have their parent/guardian speak with us prior to enrolling. We have had students aged 16 to 85.

We started our flyfishing guide school 30 years ago. We continue to emphasize small class sizes, personal instruction, and variety of flyfishing techniques and waters.

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  • Students on the Yellowstone River

  • Pretty bow on a hopper

  • The Upper Gardiner River under the falls

  • The Gibbon River in one of the meadow sections

  • Releasing a nice brown

  • A beautiful Soda Butte Creek cutthroat

  • Part of the four miles of Tom Miner Creek on our property

  • Super secret spot on the Gardiner River.