2022 Rowing Certification

This intensive five-day course is for those individuals who aspire to become a flyfishing raft or drift boat guides. The course will provide you with the hours and training needed to be a state certified float guide in Colorado. You will spend a minimum of 50 hours in a boat and learn all aspects of boating safety and oarsmanship. Classroom and field training will begin each day at 7:00 a.m. and finish around 6:00 p.m. No prior rafting experience is needed and no special equipment is required.

Rivers floated in the course are the Colorado, Roaring Fork, and Eagle Rivers. Each river provides a unique opportunity to test your skills and to learn the many aspects of rowing for fisherman.

Orvis Endorsed Guide/Rowing School Instructors

John Packer, owner of FFO, lifetime fisherman, and senior guide with FFO since 1994 leads the instruction staff for the guide and rowing schools. Each instructor brings something unique to our week long school. We keep the class size to about 12-15 students for a more personal approach so signing up early is important.

Kevin Wildgen, who has been a senior Guide with FFO since 1998, administers the rowing school. Kevin has over 20,000 commercial rowing miles under his belt. Our rowing school will get you the certifications required to be a float guide on Colorado rivers, but more importantly will teach you the skills required to row for fly fishermen casting and fishing out of a boat. Several veteran guides, including Dan Houck, Kip Wolcott, and Matt Fletcher will assist both John Packer and Kevin Wildgen in both schools.

2021 ROWING SCHOOL DATES: MAY 21-25, 2022
COST $1000.00

Private Rowing Instruction:

Fly Fishing Outfitters is pleased to offer private rowing instruction in 2021.  This course is tailored to the individual who is looking to become a more competent oarsman.  This class is NOT CERTIFY the student to row a commercial trip.

Cost is $275.00 per day

*Payment is required in advance to reserve a spot in either school. Each year the schools fill up fast, so booking a spot early is advised. The tuition fee is for the school only and does not include lodging or meals. We have arranged a special rate at the Comfort Inn in Avon for those students who need lodging. Evening fishing spots are close by to practice what you learn during the day.