GUIDE & INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION
proFlyFishers has developed the first and only
comprehensive Certification Program Syllabi ever offered for the Fly
Fishing industry. Nothing else even comes close. Some Companies
provide aspiring pro’s with an “endorsement” if they can afford a
sizable purchase of an Equipment Line, or merely accept employment
with an endorsed Retail or Guide operation. One program awards fly
casters with an “Instructor Certificate” if they “pay a fee” and can
demonstrate their casting prowess. Also, numerous “for profit” Guide
Schools have recently evolved. Although these well-intended programs
may be beneficial efforts—they simply do not provide the serious
certification criteria, objectivity, and level of qualifications
required of other sporting professionals.
For nearly half a century – professions such as
Skiing--PSIA, Golf--PGA, Scuba Diving--PADI, Tennis--PTR, Boating--USCG,
Martial Arts--IPMAA, Aviation--FAA, etc. have demanded rigorous
Licensing or Certification requirements. Professional Credentials
are an absolute mandate in these venues, and often require years of
both Academic & Experiential requisites in order to receive “pay for
instruction or participation”. It is both alarming and inexcusable
that the Fly Fishing Industry is 50 or more years
Since Fly Fishing is an extremely challenging and
revered avocation, PFF Certification Candidates also need the desire
to excel in dignity, knowledge, and professional stature. For us at
proFlyFishers, and PFF Guides & Instructors … we are incredibly
fortunate to have such an opportunity, and we take this challenge
most seriously. Certification is not just a compliment to ourselves
and our vocation … it is the measure of our commitment and assurance
of a “quality experience” for the fly fishing public.
PFF Certification Programs are comprehensive and
demanding – both for the Candidates and the Examiners. If we are to
effectively image ourselves and lend credence to our Profession,
then we must subscribe to the expectations of clients who seek out
competent service providers. Although proficiency standards vary for
different disciplines – the Fly Fishing Industry is routinely
chastised for “poor performance”. Fortunately however, those who
make the commitment can obtain the rewards of Professionalism and
commensurate Remuneration. Therefore, we should be willing to
question conventions and even challenge some of our own presumptions
… if we are to become recognized and respected for excellence.
Catch the most difficult Trophy Trout – travel to
the world’s great Fly Fishing Destinations – enjoy the Camaraderie
and Respect of diverse clientele Demographics – become an
outstanding Fly Fishing & Business Professional – acquire the
Skills, then Earn the Rewards, and even Learn Techniques that many
Celebrity Fly Fishers have yet to discover.
Grooms - PFF C. Michael Paterniti - PFF
Will you Benefit?
PFF’s GUIDE &
INSTRUCTOR CERTIFICATION Program is a relatively straight-forward
tutorial & examination process … providing you have the desire to
excel in the Fly Fishing Profession. Since our Candidates usually
already have considerable skills and are often accomplished Fly
Fishing Professionals, we at PFF know that we can not only enhance
your talents with our proven methods … but we will introduce
concepts and technical information that ensure even greater
success! No matter who you are!
What do we know about Fly
Fishing & Fly Casting?
Any presumption that
Examiners and Master Instructors
about Fly Fishing would of course be ludicrous. We do have a
advantage, in that our full time job is one of “learning from” the
techniques and wisdom of countless others. However, the PFF method
of Fly Casting Instruction is revolutionary – and many of our
Programs, Clinics, and Techniques are PFF proprietary development
exclusives. It is this “exposure and insight” that allows us to
bring the Certification Process into reality.
How long is the Level I
PFF Guide and the Instructor
Programs usually require 5 to 7 days to complete … depending on
experience, interactive involvement, and other variables. Multiple
sessions can be arranged for those with time or budget constraints.
The more resources and enthusiasm that PFF Candidates bring – the
greater the challenges and depth of the curriculum.
When & Where are the Schools
attempts to schedule Certification Programs at the
Candidates and their
respective Businesses. Naturally, this is probably during your
seasonal “slow times”. Due to our location near the San Juan River
in New Mexico, we have access to one of the world’s few year-around
famous Trout Tail-waters. The Winter micro-climate on the San Juan
is often enjoying sunshine and Fly Hatches, while most of America’s
Trout waters have Ice Jams. Also, the Animas River in Durango,
Colorado (our Rocky Mountain Home-Base) is one of America’s seldom
publicized, but exceptional Trophy Trout Freestone waters. Our PFF
Eastern Operation offers some of the most outstanding Trout &
Steelhead waters in the Pennsylvania and New York area.
Or … we can
schedule coming to your Town and your Fly Water – no problem.
What does it Cost
to attend and become Certified?
Certification Programs are operated as a Not-for-Profit benefit to
the Fly Fishing Industry, the costs for Attendance and Examination
only cover PFF hard costs and expenses. Factors that influence our
costs are location, experience, and number of Candidates. Unlike
some Guide Schools that charge a “few Thousand” or more – PFF
Program costs are kept to a minimum.
How do you obtain a
Curriculum Format and Syllabi Outline?
To request the complete Certification Program Schedule and
… simply (click
. Please specify
For PFF Lodge,
Outfitter, School, or Fly Shop Endorsement Program consideration …
Please specify “Endorsement”.
For more information
or call us today at (970) 385 - 9048