As I’ve written in other posts, I used to be a political activist. I took part in many protests and thought that I could change the world. In the end, both the world changed and myself, because when I was diagnosed with cancer, I started having a different standpoint with regard to what I had believed in up to that point. Sometimes, it matters more to be happy and have a simple life than try to shift people’s viewpoints without any success.
I always enjoyed fishing and used to go out on expeditions with my friends. I’ve been fishing in Alaska for over a decade and I thought I’d become a fishing guide so that I’m able to combine my passion and manage to make a living out of it, as well. This post is intended for individuals who’d like to do the same, and I’m going to try to detail as much as I can so that this info helps you. The first thing that you will need in order to make it as a fishing guide is maturity. You have to be perfectly capable of handling yourself in spite of how tricky the situation you might be in could be. Clients can be nice or rude, as in any other industry. If you were to work at a supermarket, you’d meet the same type of customers as I normally do when I’m out on fishing trips. Some people are able to leave their frustrations at home, but others aren’t, and that will take a toll on you if you can’t handle it.
Another quality you will need is dependability. There won’t be any day where you won’t have to prepare something for a trip or at least clean the boat or put some gas in the engine. You should never have a problem with doing this, because if you do, you’re not the man for the job. In a nutshell, you have to love fishing so much that you’re not bothered by all the other activities with the help of which you will be able to reach the fishing spot and spend some quality time on the boat. You don’t have to be a people pleaser, and it might be that many men become fishing guides mainly because they hate small talk. However, you have to be able to pitch in without being told and you need to be reliable enough to offer somebody some help when he or she needs it.
Finally, the most important quality in this game is your expertise when it comes to fishing. I’m not going to go into the geographic technicalities and tell you how important it is for you to know the area you’ll do your job in. However, even if you’ve been a fisherman for many years, you might not know anything about a certain species. If your entire life you’ve been fishing for largemouth bass and now you want to become a salmon guide in Alaska, it might pay off to do a bit of research to learn about the angling techniques as well as the biology of the fish you’ll be targeting.