Back in northwestern Ontario, I taught my fifteen day guide and outfitter training program, mainly to First Nations in the NAN region. I am now offering my courses to anyone in eastern Canada. I will travel to your community and teach there.

Have a look at the course curriculum and see if my program sounds interesting to you. It’s definitely rugged! Contact me through the website if you’d like me to give you more information over the phone.

A Great Career Decision

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Guiding is a great career… for the right people. You need a lot of patience, no doubt. And, you really need to have a genuine interest in people. You have to like people. Of all the hundreds of guides I’ve worked with, the best ones always, were the ones who were fun to be around for a few days. It’s a “people business.” Many guides believe they are good guides because they know a lot about hunting and fishing. That’s [Read More]

Get the Oil HOT!

Get the Oil HOT!

“It’s always better to have the oil a little too hot than not hot enough!” By far, the most common mistake I see fishing guides make when cooking a shore lunch, is they put the fish in the oil before it’s hot enough. This is how fish ends up a greasy, soggy mess. There are more “secret” fish breading mixtures than you could shake a frying pan at, but I really don’t think what you bread your fish with makes [Read More]

Something a Little Different

Something a Little Different

“Don’t worry about the veggie thing… you’ll still be rugged!” I guess it’s safe to say that the standard-issue shore lunch comes with fried fish (duh!), fried potatoes, canned beans or maybe even a can of corn. This is my favourite and it’s probably yours too, if you’ve had a shore lunch or two in your day. But, hey, try something a little different, especially if you’re guiding a group and you’re making a shore lunch five or six days [Read More]

Wash Your Friggin’ Hands!

Wash Your Friggin’ Hands

“Always wash up before you begin cooking for your guests” Okay, you are guiding your fishermen, your guests, your clients or whatever you want to call them. You’ve been fishing all morning, having a great time slammin’ walleyes. Now, it’s time for shore lunch. I can honestly say, I can HONESTLY say, that, after watching at least 200 guides cook shore lunch, I have never seen anyone wash their hands before cooking the food. If you were working in a [Read More]

Be Ready With That Camera!

Be Ready With That Camera

“Hold the fish properly and if it’s a big fish, support its back” Working as a fishing guide means you’ll be taking a lot of photos for your guests. Digital cameras are so handy… you can take a million pictures and if there are some you don’t like, get rid of them. Keep in mind that the pictures you take for your guests will be very important to them. Make sure the shot is a good one, meaning, you can [Read More]

Tie ’em in!

tie em in

There are a bunch of essential “tools of the trade” that every guide must have as a part of their arsenal and no, I’m not talking about guns! If you’re working as a fishing guide, there are two of these items that end up in the lake from time to time. Long nosed pliers and jaw spreaders are two of those “essentials.” And, since there is a tendency to use these tools over the side of the boat, it’s only [Read More]

PFD Usage for Guides and Guests

PFD Usage for Guides and Guests

Let’s get right to the point. The worst thing that could possibly happen while you are guiding is one of your guests gets injured or killed. That’s right, I said killed. Don’t sluff it off, it happens. Drowning is more common than you might think and in nearly all cases the victims were found not wearing a personal floatation device or “PFD.” In the old days we called them life jackets. Call it what you like, it’s a device that [Read More]

Rubber Landing Nets

Rubber Landing Nets

One of the biggest headaches while working as a guide is when a fish and or fish hook (especially a treble hook!) gets tangled up in a landing net. This makes it hard to release the fish… especially, when it’s dead. The netting ends up being all cut to hell by the end of the first week of guiding. Sometimes, that’s the only way to free a hook, by cutting it out. Use a rubber coated basket-style landing net. Most [Read More]

Test Fire the Rifle

Test Fire the Rifle

There is a lot of pressure on a big game hunting guide. Let’s face it – people pay huge amounts of money for big game hunts these days and they expect to take an animal. A moose hunt can easily cost $10K and a dall sheep is upwards of $20K. Even a no frills caribou hunt can go for $3500. So, let’s stack the odds in our favour. When your hunter arrives in camp, there is a possibility that his/her [Read More]

Guide’s Checklist

Guide's Checklist

If you’re either out on the lake or out on the land with your client (s) and you suddenly realize you “forgot” something, if you’re lucky, you’ll be just a little embarrassed. If you’re unlucky, you’ll be in a situation of great compromise and maybe even to the point where you and your guest’s safety is in jeopardy. Hopefully, your guy won’t throw you out of the boat! Create a check list that you can refer to each morning before [Read More]