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Going on a guided fly fishing trip… how do I make the most of it?

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I’ve decided to pay for a guided fishing trip, to see what it’s like to ‘fish with a professional’. I really want to get the most out of the experience. Is there anything I can do to prepare for the trip.

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  1. FredTurner on Feb 07, 2013 Reply

    I’d suggest boning up on the kind of gear you’ll be needing for your trip and making sure that you book it in advance. Make sure that your guide will be able to provide any gear you may find that you need, most of them will do just that.

    If you are a tiotal novice at some aspect of fishing, such as fly fishing, a good guide will also provide you with some training so that you will get the most out of your trip. And remember, don’t hesitate to ask questions, that’s what your guide is there for.

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  2. FredTurner on Feb 07, 2013 Reply

    Do some homework before starting out. Research the fish you are hoping to catch and which pieces of gear you will need. Your guide should be prepared to provide anything that you may have missed out on.

    if you’re a complete novice (and everyone was at one time or another) your guide should be able to provide not only tips, but also some instructions, such as how to cast for fly fishing. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, either, that’s what the guy is there for.

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  3. Danny on Feb 13, 2013 Reply

    I would start by practicing my casts. That way, when a guide shows you where to drop your line, you’ll be a lot more likely to hit the right spot.

    When booking the trip, be sure to tell the guide about your preferences and expectations: are you hoping to catch lots of fish, or are you more interested in big fish? Are you physically fit and can you move around a lot, or is it more important to you to stick to only a few spots and take it easy? Are you keen to wade, or would you prefer to keep dry?

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  4. Ethan on Feb 13, 2013 Reply

    I was speaking to a friend of a friend the other day who works as a professional guide. He said the worst thing a customer can say is ‘oh, I haven’t been fishing in years, I hope I remember how to cast’. It happens all the time, and instead of catching fish, you just spend the day watching them cast into the wrong spot. It’s disappointing all round. So my advice would be to make sure your casting is really good, so you don’t waste time ‘practicing’ on the day.

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