Focus on the positives, never let the haters get you down. Permit are notorious haters, In 2011 I got my butt kicked in Belize. In 2014, I got a SUPER GRAND SLAM!
One of many lessons the Yakima has taught me is how to fish a March Brown hatch properly. While in Montana in May 2014 I had one of those moments. Several large browns feeding on March Brown duns. I caught them all. seriously. On a dry. yes.
Lets make 2015 even better. Tight lines!
Do my rates seem low? Funny thing is that when I worked for somebody else I never made that much. And I was at the very top end of what guides typically make. When you hire a guide from a flyshop I can assure you they make less, in some cases way less. Now, before you hate me for bashing flyshops, understand that I'm just sticking up for the guides out there. They should make more! What I put in for that full day rate is a lot. Before we even talk about day of costs, lets start with all the behind the scenes stuff. Things like Insurance, I have 1 million for each angler. never used it and always take safety seriously. licensing fees, user fees, having a stupid website, it adds up. Gas, lunch, flies, etc. As you can see, a lot go's into picking a number out of thin air and charging you that rate.......;)
The spring special rate, early bird, whatever they call it, In reality is a good thing. Everybody offers one and anglers can see value it a discounted rate. The key is to realize that's its designed around time, usually 6 or 7 hours. If a full day trip costs this much, and lasts this long, then the spring special costs this much and last this long. Keep in mind, fishing during the early spring can be tough, and there really is no need to get out early or stay late, the best fishing will be during the warmest part of the day, so why not get out about 10am, stay till 4 or 5 and call it a day. That part sure makes sense! Factor in gets dark early, its cold, you might have to drive over the pass, and you can see why it makes sense.
I just want to guide. For a while there is wasn't fun. The guiding business doesn't work how you would think it should. When you work for one of the flyshops on the Yakima , its like your a player for that team and your supposed to hate the other teams. I never looked at other guides or anglers as the enemy. never have, never will. I like to be friendly and courteous to all anglers. Not because I have to, but because I generally like to see people enjoying the sport I love. Having been around the block more than once I can safely say that I do it because I love what flyfishing has given me and all the amazing places its taken me. I'm not perfect that's for sure, But I do try. In fact, I never wanted to start a guide service! crazy right, but here I am, out on my own, doing my own thing. Do I know how to do all this web stuff? not really, nor do I like it. I'm at my best when I'm in my real office; rowing the boat, enjoying nature, teaching, learning, etc. Again, I just want to guide! Is that to much to ask for?