We want to help make sure you get the most out of any guided fishing trip. This can be booking a week long stay at an all inclusive lodge or just a day fishing trip while on a family vacation. Over the years we have talked with countless people interested in booking guided trips. Here is some advice we have to help you get the most out of any trip you book.
- Ask the right questions to make sure you get the experience you are looking for. Share your goals and expectations for the trip so the guide can help you figure out ways to achieve them. If expectations are unreasonable, you want to know that before committing to the trip as opposed to finding that out on the water.
- Don’t expect an answer to “how many fish will I catch?” because there are so many variables at play here. But you can ask questions like, “how is fishing during this time of year different from if I were to come 2 months from now?”
- Hire a guide to learn from him and for his local knowledge. Trout in one part of the world act very different than trout in others. A trout guide in Montana will benefit from fishing with a resident Alaskan guide. You will learn where to find fish in their own local streams and how they catch them. One of my favorite parts about booking a guided trip is learning new techniques used in one part of the world then bringing them back to my own homewaters.
- Hire a guide to learn different lessons, ie double hauling, mending, playing fish on light tippet. Guides are there to teach, not a guarantee that you catch.
- You may not need a guide your entire trip but hire one the first few days before doing the rest on your own. Support him and he more than likely will give you some great advice for the days you will be fishing on your own.
- Regardless of why you hired a guide, be sure to properly communicate. This is our best piece of advice and will ensure the best possible day for both parties. Are you looking for instant gratification and as many fish as possible or a more challenging experience? This is great feedback for a guide to know and will control things like if he brings you a nymph set up or a two handed rod.
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