|Often times when one is planning a fishing trip, the question of
a fishing guide comes up. They're costly so the first reaction
is to forgo a guide - after all, you already know how to fish,
This may or may not be true. You might very well be an expert
fisherman that can get along quite well without a guide but if
you are traveling to a far away area and are not familiar with
the fishing condition, then a guide could really come in handy.
Now having said that, I will say that a guide is simply that - a
guide. He can tell you where he thinks the fish will be and even
help you land one, but the real work is up to you. Just because
you spend a lot of money on a guide does not mean you will catch
a fish or even see one, but it could greatly increase your
Most guides are great fishermen themselves and know the local
area like the back of their hands. They are up on current
conditions and know where the fish are right at the moment. They
spend all their time fishing the river or lake, and probably
have for many years, so they know where the best fish can be
caught. Without a guide, you can waste a lot of time just trying
to find those fish.
If you do decide to hire a guide, you need to make your fishing
goals clear to him or her at the outset in order to make sure he
can deliver what you want. Some things to discuss include the
type of fish you want to catch, if you want to catch a lot of
fish or just big ones, and the technique you prefer to use.
You should also find out if the guide has experience in your
desired area. During these discussions you may find out that the
guide recommends a different fishing style that what you have
proposed in order to catch the kinds of fish you want. These are
things you will have to consider.
A guide can cost you anywhere between $100 to $200 a day and
please don't forget to tip him - even if you don't catch any
fish. For your money you will get expert advice on the best
fishing locations, expert tips on how to catch those fish and a
wonderfully delicious shore lunch.
One thing that some anglers do on an extended trip is to hire
the guide for the first few days and then go it alone for the
rest of the trip. This way you can benefit from his advice and
save a few bucks too. Don't be afraid to let the guide know this
is your plan, he might be able to leave you with some parting
tips so the rest of your trip is just as fruitful as the
The question of whether or not a guide is worth it does not have
the same answer for every angler. If this is your one big
vacation and catching fish is of the utmost importance, then
springing for a guide is probably well worth it.
About the author:
Lee Dobbins writes for Fishing Around where you can learn more fishing tips.
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