Here is an essay I wrote at school about what I wanna be when I grow up…enjoy!

Since I was 5 years old, I have been obsessed with fly-fishing. Every aspect of the sport from tying flies to reading water and knowing where the fish are intrigues me. Being a Professional Guide is my dream job. Though many guides survive on Ramen noodles and live in a camper behind the fly-shop, I wouldn’t mind because I would be doing something I love. As I became a more popular guide, my pay could boost to averages of $59,000 and up! Not too shabby for putting people on some fish.
Being a Guide requires a few special skills and abilities in order to be successful. A guide needs to be able to select flies, identify insects, teach customers how to cast, show them where the fish are, and still be able to sit and smile while a customer displays horrible talent and blames the guide for not putting them on fish. Dealing with rude customers can often be one of the most challenging parts of the job itself. Angling skills are one of the key points in becoming a guide. You must be an expert angler and spend lots of time practicing on the water before you start taking clients out on the water so that you can provide assistance or recommendations if needed. Knowing the latest techniques would also be helpful so that you can give the client exactly what they want whether they want to use nymphs under an indicator or throw delicate dry flies to trout holding in slow moving eddies.
A fly-fishing guide doesn’t necessarily need a college degree, but it would be a good idea to study something that relates to the job in order to raise chances of being as successful as possible. A few subjects that I could study to help me in the long run would be things such as aquatic ecosystems, aquatic entomology, fisheries management and conservation, and orienteering. Someone with more knowledge and experience will obviously be more apt to be hired than someone with less experience.
Guides must be dependable to clients and other co-workers. They must be able to show up to work on time everyday so that customers are not left sitting around waiting while they could be on the water and catching fish. Kicking in around the shop is always expected and guides are to maintain the drift boats, make sure the fly bins are kept full, and schedule upcoming trips. The work isn’t all that demanding but you still have to make sure everything is kept in check.
The best part of being a fly-fishing guide would be that I’d be getting paid to do what I love. My office would be the river and lunch breaks would include guaranteed breathtaking sights and sounds of the wilderness. I honestly can’t think of any better job to suit me. It sure beats sitting in a stuffy office all day with complaining co-workers and a boss that’s always on your case.
The pay for being a guide isn’t all that bad either. The average guide starts out with pretty low pay but as you become more reputable, the money actually gets quite reasonable considering Id be getting paid for showing people how and where to fish. A study done by www.simplyhired.com states that “out of all jobs that contain the word fly-fishing guide in the title, the average pay is $59,000.” That sounds fine by me! I wouldn’t really care even if the pay was ridiculously low anyways because its my dream job would rather be barely scraping by as a guide than be miserable in a job that I hated.