Monday, October 31, 2011
Full Day Final.
Outfitting guests with proper gear isn't a problem, we can gear up to ten clients head to toe with solid, functional hard and soft ware. We had hired another guide to work that day with us (we have a two to one ratio policy). We cancelled due to expectations. Not theirs. Ours.
We guide a fair number of beginner clients throughout the season and with that comes a huge responsibility to the future of this sport. I have always believed that a fly fisherman is made out of their first few trips whether guided or not. If that novice has a bad guided experience that's even worse in our eyes. The future of conservation, ethics and etiquette fish with us every season and we don't ever forget that fact. A positive learning experience are our expectations.
Handing a novice a six weight loaded with a 200 grain sink tip and a streamer double rig is ridiculous. Asking them to cast it forty five feet up and across while dealing with snow and steady winds is just wrong. After a frank phone conversation we reached an agreement. We will see these three in 2012 either for a day trip or our two day school program. One thing we have learned after many seasons of guiding, booking and outfitting is that an honest appraisal of a client's wishes is in the best interest of everyone. The one aspect of the guiding business you don't hear enough of.