Should you tip a fishing guide?

In many cases, you can follow the same standard that you would follow in many other tipping situations. Reward your guide 20 percent for good service, more if they're very happy and can afford it. If you're not satisfied with the service, reduce the service to around 10 percent. Generally, a tip for a fishing guide should be based on the total experience of the trip.

There are days when the fish don't stop biting and days when you work as hard as possible and you don't catch anything because of the effort. The amount of the tip should be based on the way the guide controls all variables, not on the quantity of fish caught. I think most self-respecting guides would agree. As a guide, I have the privilege of sharing very special moments with customers.

My customers work hard to make money and I work hard to provide them with the best overall experience in return. The typical tip of a guide for our equipment service is 15 to 20%. That, more or less, has become an industry standard. Regardless of the amount of the tip, the effort is the same on my part and I am incredibly grateful for any tip for a day of guided travel.

You should leave a tip for your guide between 15 and 25% of the booked day's rate. Base your advice on the diligence, kindness, ability, and willingness of your guide to teach and go the extra mile. Since your guide cannot guarantee the amount of fish you catch, this should not be a major turning factor. At the end of a fishing trip, when you return to the dock, it's your turn to take care of the good fishermen who took care of you.

Tipping for a fishing trip follows the same general rule as tipping the waiter, with 10 to 20% being a common practice. It's a good idea to start with 15% and go up or down depending on how satisfied you are with the trip. Keep in mind that guides spend hours preparing for a trip. Despite their experience, having the right bait and being in the best places, sometimes fish just don't bite.

When it comes to tipping, you pay for their time, effort and attention, not for the fish. It is generally accepted that an adequate tip represents approximately 7 to 15% of the cost of the trip. Among the many fishing instructional tasks, your guide must, at the very least, prevent the boat from throwing its inhabitants into the turbulent and icy current of the river below, and anticipate which hole or route it will take you next. Success on a difficult day usually means having to dig deep and work hard to overcome high tide, bad weather, lack of cooperation from fish, or any of the many other factors that make the game of fishing what it is.

Succeeding on a difficult day usually means having to dig deep and work hard to overcome high waves, bad weather, lack of cooperation from fish, or any of the myriad factors that make the game of fishing what it is. However, not tipping at all, in a sector where tips represent a significant part of the income of fishing guides and in-house staff, is almost always an insult. I like how you mentioned that it's a good idea to consider the whole experience when tipping a fishing guide. For me, being able to keep customers engaged, have fun and learn when fishing is slow is a crucial skill for a fishing guide.

Most enjoy keeping customers engaged, having fun and learning when fishing is slow, and they even consider this a crucial skill required to be a fishing guide. For most first-time anglers, fishing may seem too complex or challenging, especially if you don't have anyone around to teach you the basics. Even so, experienced and well-educated fishing guides will continue to attend to the needs of each customer with diligence and care. The charter fee covers travel, boat wear and tear, gas, equipment (rods, reels and flies), knowledge, license, the convenience of fishing in a new area and having someone standing on a boat and pushing or rowing all day long.

The last sentence has a caveat that goes without saying. However, if what I want to do is a bad idea, for example, because the stretch of river where I want to fish has recently been desecrated by muddy runoff from one of its tributaries, I certainly want my guide to tell me and advise me against it. At Fly Fishing Fix we firmly believe in a good tip and we advocate for it, regardless of the amount of fish you catch. .


Pamela Taschereau
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