What is included with a guide trip?
A full day guided trip includes expert instruction and lunch. Flies, fishing licenses, alcoholic beverages, and gratuities are additional. Your guide will look over your fly selection prior to the trip and may suggest you purchase some patterns to ensure that you have everything you need for the day. If you arrange with your guide to float more than one stretch in a given day, you are responsible for the cost of additional shuttles. No sales tax is charged on guide trips.
What should I bring for my trip?
A five or six weight rod with a floating line is appropriate for the majority of our fishing. If you plan on bringing several, four through seven weights are most applicable. At a minimum you should additionally bring polarized sunglasses, a hat, a rain jacket and an insulating layer. Consider bringing chest waders for wading and as additional protection from inclement weather. Feel free to bring any trout flies and terminal tackle that you may own. Our full service shop has everything you may possibly need available for purchase as well as rental rods and waders.
When and where will I meet my guide?
Our trips originate out of the TroutHunter fly shop unless other arrangements have been made. From mid May through mid September, we recommend that you meet your guide between 8:00 and 8:30. In the shoulder seasons, we recommend 9:00. If you arrive prior to the recommended time without warning, it is likely that you will have to wait around while your guide makes preparations for the day. If you wish to get an earlier or later start, please let us know in advance.
How do I best increase my chances for a successful day on the water?
A conversation with your guide at the onset of the day can be the most impactful moment of the trip. Please let the guide know your experience level, angling preferences, and goals for the day and show him your tackle. Such information, coupled with his empirical knowledge, will allow your guide to tailor the day in a manner to meet or exceed your expectations. Of course, taking the time to do some practice casting prior to arrival is extremely advantageous as well.
Who will be my guide?
TroutHunter employs an expert staff of experienced teaching guides, each of which has a unique personality and guiding style. If you would like, feel free to call us and we will do our best to pair you with a guide whose attributes match your preferences. Specific guides may be requested on a first come, first served basis. Regardless, you can be rest assured that you will enjoy your days on the water with a consummate professional.
What is a proper gratuity for the guide?
As with all tipping, gratuities should be merit based. With that said, as a general guideline we recommend that you consider a tip of a similar percentage on the cost of a trip as you would on a restaurant bill. You will find that our guides work exceptionally hard to provide memorable days of fishing.