Orvis Fly Fishing
How Should I Tip My Guide?
Tipping a fishing guide is an accepted way to reward the hard work, collected knowledge, and teaching ability of any professional guide. It may seem like guides are "living the dream," and most of them are. The fact is, guiding operations, especially independent guides that work without the aid of large lodge operations backing them up, work long hours, have tight margins for profit, and physically work very hard to get you into fish. Tipping a guide is much like tipping a waitress or waiter. You should always tip, but the amount you tip truly depends on the experience and services they performed for you.
Always speak with your guide or outfitting company about tipping standards. Cash tips are recommended above all forms of non-monetary tips, but depending on the guide, they may gladly accept another form of tip. You must remember however, most guides have piles of fishing gear, flies, rods, reels, and tackle. Therefore, it's doubtful that they would prefer to have another piece of gear on their pile instead of a cash tip that may mean gas in the tank or food in the refrigerator.
Prices of guided trips vary greatly based on
The money you spend on a guided trip helps pays for
Give your guide a large tip (over 100$) if
Tip your guide a smaller tip (80$ or less)
Because there are so many things that go into setting the price of a guided trip, it can be easily understood why tipping your guide directly is so common and widely accepted. The tip at the end of the day means, "Thank you, you worked really hard for me today and did everything you could to make me happy, get me fishing opportunities, teaching me, and showing me a good time". Tip in cash always, unless your guide gives you the ok to compensate them in a different way.
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