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Old 11-17-17, 10:13 AM   #1
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Default Fishing guides - do you tip them?

Howdy folks!

My lovely fiance got me a guided fly fishing trip around the blue ridge area for my birthday (I don't know any details, it's a surprise.) Since this is my first guided fly trip, anything I need to know before I go? Do you tip the guide for showing up or only for excellent service? Will they have all the flies/gear I'll need for the river being fished or do I need to bring my own stuff?

Any tips to make my trip go smoothly would be much appreciated!

Thanks!
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Old 11-17-17, 10:22 AM   #2
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Yes, you tip so long as the trip is taken. Even if you catch no fish or a hundred, the guide is working to show you a great time but they can't control the elements or if the bite is on - or off. So yes, please do.

As for the equipment and flies it's tough to say without knowing who your wife selected. Many guides do provide everything but it just depends.

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Old 11-17-17, 11:52 AM   #3
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Always tip your guide. Always. How much will depend on how you feel he did getting on what you are after. Bad fishing karma not too. How much will depend on the cost of the trip as well what I mentioned above. Good luck.
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Old 11-17-17, 11:56 AM   #4
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Yes, you tip so long as the trip is taken. Even if you catch no fish or a hundred, the guide is working to show you a great time but they can't control the elements or if the bite is on - or off. So yes, please do.

As for the equipment and flies it's tough to say without knowing who your wife selected. Many guides do provide everything but it just depends.

Others will be along shortly to provide further commentary.
George covered it pretty well. Definitely tip the guide. Many times your guide will be paying for flies and terminal tackle out of his pocket. The amount your fiancÚ paid covers his salary, possibly access to the water he takes you on. Your tip tells him you had a great trip, it recognizes how hard he worked to put you on fish. As George said, he can't control whether or not you catch fish.
If you are not pleased with the guide, your tip can also relay that thought. If you are a good tipper, the guide knows he did a good job. If you "no tip" the guide may not know whether you forgot or if you were not pleased. If you tip a small amount, he knows you didn't forget AND you were not satisfied with the trip.
Regarding the use of your own tackle, ask beforehand. Some do, some don't mind if you bring rod and reel. The guides I have been with supplied flies, tippet, etc.
Just as a side note, I like to do something different. I tipped a couple of guides with dollar coins, rolled. Hopefully they will remember you for your generosity and uniqueness.
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Old 11-17-17, 12:01 PM   #5
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Most guides I know will say "tips are never expected but they are always appreciated". You tip a brain dead waitress to bring you food, why would you not tip a guide that busted his a$$ all day helping you catch fish.
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Old 11-17-17, 12:08 PM   #6
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Most guides I know will say "tips are never expected but they are always appreciated". You tip a brain dead waitress to bring you food, why would you not tip a guide that busted his a$$ all day helping you catch fish.
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Old 11-17-17, 12:31 PM   #7
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You tip a brain dead waitress to bring you food, why would you not tip a guide that busted his a$$ all day helping you catch fish.
Wow...I hope no one on here has a spouse or family member who is a waitress. No offense, but you will have a very hard time convincing me that a guide on a given day, as hard as they do work, will work harder than many waitresses. My daughter use to be one years ago and she worked to exhaustion many days...just saying.
BTW, just went on a guided trip & I think I tipped my guide pretty generously, we all should. You will know if they've earned it, and if so, be generous to them. That stuff seems to always come back to you.
Just a thought...or two,
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Old 11-17-17, 06:55 PM   #8
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With a guided trip you should tip at least $100.00.
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With a guided trip you should tip at least $100.00.


^? That's an interesting thought


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Wow...I hope no one on here has a spouse or family member who is a waitress. No offense, but you will have a very hard time convincing me that a guide on a given day, as hard as they do work, will work harder than many waitresses. My daughter use to be one years ago and she worked to exhaustion many days...just saying.
Was thinking the exact same thing.
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